University can be a confusing place. As a student, so much is asked of you personally and much of the time you’re expected to find out what it is as well as how to do it! For those coming straight from school it can be a head-spinning time, the difference disguised by the fact of being still in education. Guiding students through that transition – personally, intellectually and in terms of developing key study skills – is one of the parts of my job I enjoy the most. Sometimes this is specific to studying History, others its generic to the way we work in the humanities and social sciences, but much of the time it’s pretty universal to all students.
- Reading for History Essays #1 & #2
- Writing Source Commentaries
- The Art of Criticism – on writing review assignments
- The History Essay Checklist – what each sentence type should do
- Referencing and the Gove Fallacy – on why, when and how to cite
- Essay Introductions: Opening Sentences
- Essay Tip: Cite the Set Reading
These are not explicitly written as advice but might still be useful to understand what studying/teaching history looks like from the other side, especially…
- What’s the point of studying History?
- 6 Things I’ll Miss About Teaching
- 6 phrases I’d like to ban
- Mass Culture: Learning with Posters
- Teaching Medical History
- Shot at Dawn – on a class debate
- Gove and Mandela in History Class