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University Learning and Teaching

As a University student, we will expect you to develop as an independent learner. In addition to attending classes, seminars and tutorials you are provided with resources, reading lists and journals that you must arrange to read in your time outside of classes. 

  • You will need to be able to absorb complex information quickly.
  • Form your own clear, constructive views about key aspects of your modules and study programme.
  • With your commitment of time, effort and money, you will follow in the footsteps of more than 260,000 of our graduates. Work hard and you will be rewarded for your efforts.

In the initial weeks, you need to:

  • ensure you attend all your timetabled classes.
  • manage your time effectively, balancing university life with other commitments.
  • learn how to take concise notes in lectures that you can refer back to at home.
  • prepare effectively for seminars, tutorials, labs or practical workshops.
  • meet and get to know your personal tutor, who can provide you with ongoing advice.
  • use MyMMU and Moodle to access your timetable and many resources.

When fully settled in your first academic term, you need to:

  • ensure your writing skills and/or numeracy skills are strong, for success in assessments.
  • plan how you are going to tackle your assessments, and meet your submission deadlines on time.
  • learn all about the many extra-curricular opportunities, for example MMU Sport or MMU Futures, available to you to make the most of your years at university.

On most programmes of study, you will attend a blend of lectures, seminars and/or practical classes and tutorials. This contact time with academic staff is key to your success; it is your responsibility to prepare for these, and engage with your academic tutors and fellow students.

Students with the best attendance records and engagement levels typically get the best grades in their assignments and overall degrees.

Moodle / MyMMU App

  • Moodle is our virtual learning environment designed to enhance your learning experience by providing access to online course materials.
  • Moodle does not replace your attendance at classes, but provides you with additional resources – Moodle is accessible through any web browser via the internet.
  • Once enrolled onto a course or unit, you can log onto Moodle – you can access your timetable, read announcements from tutors, find supporting course activities and documents and find recommended reading lists for the course you are enrolled on.
  • Online study skills support is also available to you once you are enrolled, through the Skills Online area in Moodle. Skills Online features interactive resources on a range of study skills topics.
  • MyMMU is a one-stop shop for your timetables, email, coursework and a host of other useful resources.

Find out more about Moodle and MyMMU.

Library services

In your first few weeks your tutor will organise a session led by a member of library staff who will introduce the basics. Get to know the library and facilities while you have time, as you will be spending a lot of time there in the run up to assessment deadlines.

Take a look at the Library’s guide for new users to help you get started with using their services.

Attendance

At Manchester Met, we want to make sure you get the support you need throughout your studies. Student experience research consistently links a good degree to attendance and overall engagement with your course and tutors.

Some classes may require you to register your attendance online; others require you to sign a register in class. You can find out more about attendance from your tutors, the Student Hub or the attendance website.

Lectures

Lectures are planned by your course team and are embedded into your timetables. They provide general discussion and talks, presentations and group activities which cover the key theories and principles for the unit you are studying.

Tips to help prepare you for lectures:

  • To get the most out of lectures, do some wider reading on the topic and key terms beforehand, so you can expand on your basic understanding during the session.
  • Take notes, and work out the best note-taking plan for your learning style.
  • Some students prefer mind mapping, while others take more linear notes – after each lecture, do take some time to think about what you have learnt, read your notes and fill in any gaps.
  • Remember, you do not have to copy the presentation word for word, as often written presentations will be available for you to access on Moodle. Only take notes on things that expand beyond points or theories written on the presentation.

Once enrolled, you can also use the Skills Online resource on Moodle.

Seminars

Seminars will usually be in much smaller groups than lectures, and tend to expand further on theories and key points in lectures however; the exact nature may vary from course to course.

  • Seminars provide an opportunity to discuss themes or issues raised in the lecture in smaller groups.
  • Sometimes you may be asked, perhaps as part of a group project, to lead the seminar having done some preparatory work.

Once enrolled, you can also use the Skills Online resource on Moodle.

Note-taking

Effective note-taking techniques are crucial to make sure you get the most out of seminars, lectures and independent reading for reference later when writing notes up for assignments. 

You may find that you have a preferred technique or that different strategies suit different purposes. You can find out more about note-taking by booking an appointment with your Student Support Officer or this may be covered in study skills workshops, which are held throughout the year.

Once enrolled, you can also use the Skills Online resource on Moodle.

Practical classes

  • The nature of a practical class very much depends on the subject you are studying.
  • You will typically be informed in advance of the requirements for laboratory or other practical classes.
  • The use of these spaces is usually through timetabled classes, but you may be able to book labs, studios and study space outside the timetabled sessions for additional workshops or group work.

Once enrolled, you can also use the Skills Online resource on Moodle.

Tutorials

  • Tutorials are generally individual or group meetings with a personal tutor, arranged to discuss particular pieces of work or provide an opportunity to discuss personal and pastoral issues.
  • Tutors also use these to plan your personal and professional development (e.g. PDP meetings); for example in your first term, an individual tutorial could help to gauge how well you are settling into university life or how you can use feedback from your first assignment.
  • You should use tutorials as a key opportunity to reflect and feedback on your experiences. It is also useful to book tutorials to seek support for your studies.

 Once enrolled, you can also use the Skills Online resource on Moodle.

Assignments and deadlines

It is important that you fully understand assignments set and when they are due, as these are critical to your success at university. A useful tip is to prepare assignments a day or two early (or as early as possible), it could save you a lot of stress and pressure on deadline day.

  • Information is available about each of your assignments, in the Moodle area for each unit you are taking.
  • The first assignment is a key milestone in your first term at university – it is important to know that work submission deadlines are fixed.
  • Give yourself enough time to do the required reading and research, complete your assignment and check it thoroughly before you submit it (most submissions are online).
  • Once it has been marked, make sure you take on board the feedback you receive for your next assignment and if anything is unclear, always ask your lecturer or tutor for more information.

Find out more about submitting your assignments.

Exceptional factors – that make completing assessments difficult

  • If you have reasons that affect your ability to complete an assignment, called exceptional factors, please let the University know as soon as you possibly can, and that you will need to make a claim so we can make provision for you.

More information about what is deemed an exceptional factor, and how to claim is on the Student Guidance website. The Students’ Union Advice Centre can also provide you with confidential advice.

Assessment feedback

  • Assessment and feedback is the information you receive about your assignment, and you will be advised how you will receive feedback and how to use it effectively.
  • Your tutors spend considerable time producing feedback for you, so do take the time to review it and think about how to use it; if in doubt, please ask your tutor to clarify any areas.
  • Learning from feedback will help you to improve your marks in the future.