Be responsible for your own learning and achievement

We expect you to develop into independent thinkers, capable of evaluating your own performance, drawing conclusions about what you do well, what you could improve on and, more importantly, how you plan to become a better learner.

As part of the learning process, you will receive formal assessment (marks, grades and comments) from lecturers. Therefore, it is vital that you collect your work, and then read and understand the comments they have made about your work.  Feedback is your first pointer on how to improve. Your performance as a student will improve if you develop this habit of reflection.

You will plan to develop and achieve your personal and academic goals

At Wolverhampton we know that while you are studying you will have aspirations and goals that you want to achieve whether that is in your studies, or in your personal life. Personal Development Planning, or PDP is a way of expressing those goals, planning how to achieve them and then reflecting what and how you did.

You will gain key transferable skills

While you are studying you will also develop other skills, not just your subject topic, that will help you become more employable in the future. These are often referred to as key transferable skills, as they are skills that you learn and develop that are not based on any one specific subject, but can be used in a variety of settings. Future employers will be looking for these key transferable skills and for evidence of your development of them throughout your time at university. Different subjects and different employers will prioritise and look for different things but here is a list of some of the key transferable skills you will develop at University:

  • communication skills
  • numeracy
  • problem solving
  • improving own learning and performance
  • information and communication technology
  • working with others.

You will need to retrieve information from a variety of sources and develop research skills

When you start your course you will have access to module guides with reading lists. These reading lists contain books, journal articles and websites recommended by the lecturers teaching the module.

It is important that you read the material recommended, and know how to locate the information in the Learning Centre, or online.

You can use the library catalogue to search for books and articles on your reading lists. Other students will be chasing the same books so you should be prepared to reserve books for later reading