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Life Tools is a programme of free talks given by a member of staff working in the Student Engagement team and other experienced professionals. The aim of the programme is to increase your knowledge of key topics and learn practical skills to help you achieve your potential.There are talks on a variety of student-focused topics to help you:
- manage academic demands effectively
- improve your resilience when life becomes challenging
- enhance your personal wellbeing
To find out more about Life Tools, here is a screencast explaining the sessions.
Check out the list of Life Tools talks for this year.
The programme runs throughout the academic year and talks generally last for 45 minutes, followed by a chance to ask questions.
There is no need to book – simply turn up. Talks will take place on the Whiteknights campus, and there is no charge for attendance.
Session handouts are available and if you want to find out more about the topic you can talk to the speaker afterwards. Further information can also be found on the Life Tools Blog.
The Life Tools Certificate
The Life Tools certificate is a new opportunity available from this academic year, and will be recognised in the same way as the RED Award. The aim of the course is to provide some structure so that you can maintain your motivation and feel productive by developing habits that support your progress towards your academic and personal goals.
To obtain the Life Tools certificate, you must:
- Attend 6 presentations. Your department may be offering some of the presentations as part of your course. Attending these will count towards the certificate too. To make the most of the programme, begin to apply the knowledge and strategies as soon as you have been to a presentation so that you can identify what works for you.
- Complete 6 modules on the Blackboard course. Each module has a screencast with a summary of the topics covered in the presentation. There is also a worksheet so that you can reflect on your learning, and practise applying the strategies.
- Attend 2 group training sessions. This element of the programme gives you the opportunity to discuss what you have found when applying the knowledge and strategies. There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers. The focus of the discussion will be on identifying what helps or hinders applying what you are learning, as well as having an opportunity to expand on your interest in the topics.
- Write a reflective piece (about 2 sides of A4). The purpose of this exercise is to reflect on what you have learned , your experience of applying the knowledge and strategies in a more consistent manner, and how you plan to take your learning experience into the future.
How to enrol on the Life Tools certificate programme
To access the Blackboard course, please follow this link: https://www.bb.reading.ac.uk/webapps/blackboard/content/listContentEditable.jsp?content_id=_3769233_1&course_id=_131889_1&mode=reset.
Click the ‘Enrol’ button and then follow the instructions to get started. If you have any questions, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like find out more about Life Tools, please email email@example.com or call 0118 378 7386.