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Trans:it Science

Introduction

The aim of the trans:it science units is to help students make a successful transition from school or college into higher education and to develop their long term effectiveness as learners throughout and beyond their chosen courses.

Overview of Trans:it Science

These science units are written to complement the existing generic trans:it support material and cover the same six topics:

Unit Introductions:

Unit 1: You and Higher Education (Science)

The aim of this Unit is to encourage students to consider the rationale and reasons for studying science beyond school or college, look at ways of studying science in HE and think about the careers choices that might result from advanced HE studies.

Unit 2: The Independent Science Student

The aim of this Unit is to emphasise the differences between studying in a highly structured school or college environment, to one where HE students are given considerable independence.  It also looks at motivational factors for success, the first year experiences of students, and the issue of assessment.

Unit 3: Time Management for Science Students

This Unit looks at the important issue of managing time for science students, which includes prioritising work, dealing with procrastination and managing perfectionism. There are also two case studies of science students with time issues they need to address, and the Unit also offers advice from successful science students on effective ways of managing time.

The exercises presented to students in the Unit were a prioritisation exercise and two case studies. Prioritisation is an important skill for science students to develop, as their timetables can be relatively full, compared to non-science students.

Unit 4: Managing Science Information

Unit 4 is concerned with information literacy in general and, in particular, helping science students identify primary and secondary sources, identify key terms, and to read academic literature in a critical way.

Unit 5: Science Writing

This Unit engages students with the issue of what constitutes 'good writing' in relation to science reports and essays.  It also presents students with information and advice on effective poster presentations and on referencing sources and avoiding plagiarism in academic writing.

Unit 6: Working with Other Science Students

The rationale for group work in HE, and the  group working difficulties sometimes encountered by students, was addressed in Section 6 of the main trans:it  resource for students. However, there is an added dimension for science students in relation to working safely with others in laboratories, so this Unit focuses on this important topic.

This Unit looks at the important issue of managing time for science students, which includes prioritising work, dealing with procrastination and managing perfectionism. There are also two case studies of science students with time issues they need to address, and the Unit also offers advice from successful science students on effective ways of managing time.
The exercises presented to students in the Unit were a prioritisation exercise and two case studies. Prioritisation is an important skill for science students to develop, as their timetables can be relatively full, compared to non-science students.