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Preparing your students for university

We understand how important teachers and counsellors are in preparing students for university and so we want to support you and your students with a range of resources.

 

Lockdown Logic

Lockdown Logic is a our series of educational and informative blogs and vlogs. Written by current University of Essex students, they provide a unique opportunity to explore what our students wish they had been told before coming to University.

Study Skills workshops

These innovative workshops have been designed for students to complete independently, or as part of a session delivered in school.

Students can use the easy-to-follow videos and workbooks to complete the workshop in their own time, by either printing the pdf version of the workbook or editing the word document using their device.

If you’re a teacher or adviser who is going to deliver the workshop, for some of our sessions, you will find a pdf version of the presentation below, as well as the delivery notes and other documents to support your lesson.

 

Metacognition workshop

Learning about Metacognition will help students to develop their independent learning skills. They will think about the way they learn and assess their strategies. With interactive activities and a murder case that needs help solving, this resource will aid your students and help keep them motivated.  

Materials for the self-directed workshop:

Materials for the teacher-led workshop:

Life Design workshop

This workshop will help students to learn about the process of Life Design and the theory behind it, students can apply this way of thinking to solve problems that don't have an obvious solution. 

Materials for the self-directed workshop:

Materials for the teacher-led workshop:

Growth Mind-set workshop

This workshop will help students to understand what a growth mind-set is, identify and explore the benefits, and how it compares to fixed mind-set.

Materials for the self-directed workshop:

Materials for the teacher-led workshop:

Reflective Practice

To deliver the Reflective Practice workshop to students, you will need the following materials:

EPQ Resources

We recognise that the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a valuable qualification for students to undertake in preparation for study at university. The following resources are designed to introduce students to the key skills needed for writing their first research project.

You can also book an EPQ support session via our online enquiry form, or email outreach@essex.ac.uk for more information.

We are also pleased to offer EPQ support sessions, you can find out more here. 

Research Project resources 

Research skills

Referencing 

Developing a Research Question

Academic Writing

Skimming, scanning and note-taking

Independent study

Resources for students studying A-Levels

Resources for A-level English students

 

Resources for A-level Maths students


We have an excellent relationship with the Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP) and with Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), the educational charity which manages the FMSP.

The University is a fund-holder for the FMSP, providing a centre for FMSP activity in the East of England. Dr Chris Saker is an FMSP Area Coordinator and he is based in our Department of Mathematical Sciences. The University is proud to be able to contribute to the excellent enrichment opportunities, teacher training and resources provided by the FMSP.

Registration with the FMSP is free and once registered teachers have access to free resources for teaching A-level Further Mathematics via MEI’s Integral website. Sample resources from Integral are available to try for free.

Resources to support University Applications

Downloadable guides

These resources provide information about the university application process, such as personal statements and student finance, and we would encourage you to share them with your students (and their parents) in order to guide them through the process.

AccessHE

Seven higher education institutions have developed exciting short online courses suitable for college students, teachers and advisers. The free AccessHE online courses range from specific subject introductions, to understanding how the university application cycle works.


AccessHE

CPD Resources

  • Transgender inclusion guidance (.pdf) - Guidance for schools liaison staff in the implementation of an inclusive approach to the delivery of activities.

Turn and Face the Strange - Children in Transition, Chris Nicholson

What are the difficulties children face with transition? Each child is different,  but are their common reasons why transitions are difficult to manage?

Using the example of looked-after children leaving care, I will show that in leaving the familiar for the unfamiliar,  the known for the unknown, conscious and unconscious processes are stirred up and often expressed through behavioural and emotional pressures placed on carers,  teachers and others. These processes,  when left unrecognised,  reopen,  widen and sustain the ‘relational ruptures’ that were established during their earliest years and decrease the likelihood of successful outcomes.

We will explore how developmental and psychoanalytic ideas can be used to understand and suggest alternative ways of addressing care leavers’ transitional needs. My work with care leavers at Donyland Lodge, a therapeutic community and school in Essex, will be described.

To conclude the presentation, I will describe an activity for you to undertake, perhaps with the help of a trusted colleague, to help you move closer toward understanding the vicissitudes of transitional experience.  In the live chat session (1pm BST) we can think about any issues raised by the presentation, and also what you gained from the activity.

Cross-Curricular Online Learning Platforms, Nick Acton

Learn how to create and share meaningful online educational experiences for a range of curriculum subjects. Participants will gain the skills to utilise a number of different online applications that can provide their learners with engaging assessment activities and innovative learning opportunities. All of the applications work on all devices, meaning that teachers can easily share their creations both in the classroom and with their home learners without any technological compatibility worries.

Human Rights, Big Data and Technology: What you need to know, Sabrina Rau and Elena Abrusci

Technology has been playing an increasing role in our lives, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. The session will explore some of the main challenges to human rights posed by big data, AI and technology. In particular, the session will focus on issues related to data sharing, consent online, misinformation and disinformation. The session will enable participants to be more conscious online, better understand pressing issues and be more knowledgeable of the resources available to mitigate risks to human rights online. This will empower attendees to share crucial knowledge with their students and colleagues on the potential but also risk of certain products and services.

Mental Health and Well-being Support at the University of Essex. Emma Burgess

Learn more about the challenges students face in their transition to higher education and the support provisions in place at the University of Essex.

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Webinar series

Join our academics in a brand new six week webinar series. To give you and your students a flavour of what it's like to study our UG and PG courses at Essex, our academics have created a suite of short videos and webinars from multiple departments across the university.

Explore our talks, tasters and webinars

External links and resources

Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS)

UCAS administers all of the applications to higher education courses in the UK. The UCAS website offers guidance and advice on higher education courses for students, careers advisers, parents and carers. Students can use the course search to browse and filter courses at universities across the country.

Student finance

  • Gov.uk gives detailed information about all aspects of student finance and is also the site through which finance applications are made. The finance calculator tool is also really helpful for getting an idea of how much money you might be entitled to for living costs whilst at university.
  • Money Saving Expert has a whole section on the student finance system from the perspective of an independent financial adviser.
  • The Student Loan Repayment website explains how students loans are repaid after university.
  • Students thinking of studying an NHS funded course or social work course will also need to look at the NHS website.

Comparing universities

  • Unistats is a detailed website that uses statistics on a range of issues to compare universities across the UK
  • The Complete University Guide collates a range of different league tables and allows comparison of universities based on a number of factors.

Visiting universities

  • Opendays.com allows students to find out when universities across the country are having open events so that they can plan a number of visits in order to find the right place for them.
  • Uni taster days is a one-stop source of university and higher education taster events, workshops and open days for teachers, careers advisers and students.

Graduate career opportunities

The Prospects website offers graduate job and careers advice. University can dramatically improve career prospects by increasing graduates average salary and offering them more choice and variety of jobs.

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Schools Membership Scheme

Our Schools Membership scheme launched in 2015 to create a network of schools, sixth-forms and colleges across the UK and around the world. By identifying the schools, we work closely with each year, we are better able to allocate our resources, and are proud to offer our partner schools a range of exclusive benefits.

Find out more