Core Academic Skills Essay

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This report identifies and justifies three important ‘core’ higher education academic skills which are essential to undergraduates. It recognises and evaluates my personal academic skills in order to aid my understanding into the key areas in which I am strong in and where I can improve upon. Academic skills are shown to associate with essential employability skills to which are crucially needed for employment and businesses in the tourism industry. It also includes a personal audit of my employability skills. To conclude, the report justifies that it is highly important for undergraduates to gain the core academic skills to assist them in graduating and as for employability skills it’s assessed and concluded that they’re greatly needed in …show more content…
University promotes many other experiences for students; such as societies, sport teams and social events, which can collectively hinder the amount of time spent on studying. According to Adair (1998), having an effective balance of good quality study time and a vigorous personal life can help to measure how successful an individual’s time management is. The lack of efficient time management can result in an individual; becoming more forgetful with assignments, loosing priority, and consequently leading to a student focusing more time on one assignment over another more important assignment (Anderson and Bolt, 2013). Procrastinating is a deterrent to effective time management and it can be overcome through imagining the finished task/assignment; the feeling which is received after visualising work completed can actually act as a motivator to begin (ibid). The skills of managing time can be more effective by breaking it down into a specific step by step plan; using timetables, thinking and planning ahead, scheduling time around family and friend commitments, creating balance between academic and paid work, discovering a study method which best suits individual requirements and whilst studying take frequent breaks (National Union of Students, …show more content…
Fresher students undergoing the transition into university and adulthood can experience unfamiliarity and it can be hard to adapt; therefore creating pressure which can result in loneliness, depression and inadequate ways of dealing with the build-up of stress (Dyson and Renk, 2006). Adair (1998) has findings which state that deadlines, a heavy work load, homework, and work placing demands onto social life, are among the twelve most common stress influencers, these contributors of stress can be minimised through effective time management. The four stress increasing factors highlighted are evidently shared with undergraduates and therefore an active approach to the management of stress is an essential skill needed for vigorous and successful academic activity. According to Kausar (2010, cited in Chyýlová and Natovová, 2013),there’s an important relationship between the amount of academic work expected of undergraduates and the observed ability to cope with consequential stress, and it’s suggested that counselling from universities; to help manage stress levels, has a potential to aid student’s academic

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