Fact or fake? What does it mean to live in a post-truth era?

Rosie Enys

‘Post-truth’ was the Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year in 2016, but what does this mean for us as researchers and citizens? Has our society really changed its relationship with information?

Given that information is generated by people, then the problem of information bias, manipulation, spin or propaganda is not a new phenomenon. Rather this problem has an exacerbating factor that is in its relative infancy, and that is our consumption of information through social media.

Think Like a Marker

Dr Deborah McFarlane

The bottom line in terms of grades is that academics are grading the work you submit. It’s not uncommon for very able students to get ‘stuck’ with middle grades and feel frustrated trying to understand why. One key reason can be a simple failure to really respond to the project brief. So, a key way to improve your grades is to tap into your markers head to work out what they are looking for!

What is the best book you have read for a course?


The best book you will read at university could actually be lots of bits of different books to get a bigger picture of a theme. Or one of those fantastic books that give you the answers to lots of questions in your field of studies. Alternatively the best book could be one that opens up a new world, a branch to continue studying.

Passionately curious: the role of the library in serendipitous discovery  

Rachel Browning

Reading Partnerships. One way to build a learning community and get better grades!

Deborah McFarlane

Partner up with somebody from your course and tackle the reading as a partnership. Doing this systematically will help you understand better and improve your grades.
The idea is quite simple; you and your partner read different papers from the optional reading list of the course, and condense the information of that paper down to one page. Then when you meet up once a week, each of you will explain the paper to the other. Going through what you read and explaining it to someone else will help you understand it and remember it in the future.

One way to build a learning community

Where is your favorite place to study?


Quiet, noisy, at home or on campus, choosing your studying area is an important part of the studying process. Go ahead and try different places, choose the one that helps you concentrate and feel ready to do your work.

Where is your favourite place to study?

Critical Thinking in HE

Laura Canning

Critical Thinking is understanding complex ideas and reflecting about the way you approach them; it’s about moving beyond your subjective and instinctual responses by turning data into knowledge.
The purpose of Critical Thinking is to emphasise the objective assessment of thoughts and proposals, challenging them and testing them.
It is important to consider the context in which the proposals are created. Academic ideas come from different schools of thought and particular theoretic frameworks.

Laura Canning - The Important of Critical Thinking

How to make the best out of lectures where you will receive a lot of information

James Clewett

This is a must watch video where James Clewett gives us amazing advice on how to make the best out of lectures.
The first weeks are quite intense for freshers, the pace is hugely accelerated and there’s no one to make sure you do your homework!
First of all don’t panic with the work load! Plan your time and go to class!
Know your timetable and turn up. If you show up to class you have a better chance to get a higher grade.
Making notes is part of the learning process. Reading is not enough for most people, you need to put the ideas on paper. Write notes!

James Clewett - Dealing with lectures with large amounts of information

Supporting a community of enquiry

Steph Comley

Increasingly we are seeing courses delivered through a variety of methods; campus based, distance learning and various blended approaches in between. Regardless of the type of delivery we hope to enable active engagement from students and to develop a community of enquiry. Typically a community of enquiry will see both students and staff collaborating, sharing ideas and working together to increase understanding.

Mistakes students make every year


This compilation is about students’ mistakes and solutions to stop making them. So you don’t have to worry, if you are doing something wrong this video might help you find a way out!
We asked lecturers of University of Exeter and Falmouth University what they think their students do wrong every year. Watch the video to see their answers and ask yourself these questions:
First and most important… Have you been attending class?
Have you been reading enough about the theme you are discussing?
Have you been giving the right answers to the essay questions?

Mistakes students make every year