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by admin Posted 3 November, 2021

What is SOP?

  • It stands for Statement of Purpose which is a form of long essay required by universities when you send your application for studying abroad.
  • It usually contains purpose or reason, that why you have chosen this university and the course to which you are applying.

DO'S & DONT'S for SOP?

  • In your SOP, Be Clear, Concise, and Honest.
  • Make use of words you're already familiar with. when you don't know how to employ High-Sounding terms, you're making a significant error.
  • Check your SOP for grammar and spelling errors before submitting it.

Plagiarism in your SOP can result in a black mark.

Don't go around in circles.

EDIT. EDIT. EDIT

Format of your SOP?

  • Introduction about yourself
  • Your background & Experience
  • Career goals you want to achieve
  • Why's this university & Courses.
  • Conclude



by admin Posted 1 November, 2021

Time management is one of the most important skills you will learn at university. Most of your learning is self directed, and with lectures being online, it may feel like it’s more so than usual. For students beginning university, this can feel strange and tough, so I’ve compiled some advice and tips to help you manage this new learning style. For IR students especially, there is a lot of reading to manage for lectures and tutorials, so this should hopefully help.

Firstly, upon receiving your course document on Moodle, you should write down key dates including -

  • deadlines
  • presentation days
  • tutorials starting and finishing
  • reading weeks

  • Create a schedule, on your phone or in a diary, and write your tasks for the day. Start with lectures, tutorials, times for eating, breaks and existing social activities. Then write down what you are going to work on in study sessions - treating university like a 9 - 5 job helps you stay on top of work and fit your learning - both taught and self directed into a set time.

    It helps to write specific tasks for study sessions rather than just the phrase 'study session' - this may be reading for a lecture, post lecture notes, tutorial preparation, assignment research etc. There are many activities that you will need to fit in, so be realistic with your time. Don’t rush yourself, and remember to prioritise.

    For every hour of contact time you have (lectures, tutorials) you will be expected to do around 2 to 3 hours of self-study. When I have a lecture, this self study time is spent reading and writing notes, then writing post lecture notes. It’s also good to make a note of lecturer’s office hours in case you need them.

    Writing tasks down in the SMART format makes it so much easier to complete them. This means tasks should be: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound. For instance, putting ‘write politics essay for the 15th’ on your to do list is a very daunting goal, and likely to make you want to procrastinate. Writing ‘research and take notes on 4 articles about political communication types by the 7th’ is a slightly better task note, that is more clear about your task, how much effort it involves and when it is to be completed by. Writing smart tasks, is one way to help prioritise tasks, and manage your time better.

    An essential part of time management for me is putting in breaks - mostly because I forget without fail to do so. Regular breaks help you avoid burnout, which is very easily brought on when you schedule lots of work and put lots of pressure on yourself to be working to the clock. With the vast amounts of work you have to do for courses, having a break to recharge your batteries is so important. You can do this by studying using the Pomodoro method - 25 minutes on and 5 minutes off. After 2 hours, take a longer 15 - 30 minutes break. There is always room for flexibility - don't worry if this method specifically doesn't work for you.

    Suggested break activities

    • taking a short walk around
    • stretching
    • doing eye exercises to avoid strain
    • drinking water and having a snack
    • going outside/changing locations
    • whatever makes you comfortable

    Sometimes meditation is a good one, because being mindful and totally in your own presence for a little while everyday helps your brain rest and makes you more creative.

    If nothing else works, make a ‘to do’ list and stick to it. I find making one for the next few days rather than one day works better for me, or writing deadlines next to each task. It’s a starting point to better time management which is all about discipline and priority.

by admin Posted 1 November, 2021

1, Courses information:

Records & Evidence

Description, Cataloguing, & Navigation

Archives, Records and Information Management

Research Design & Methods

2. Learning experience:

There are some pre-recorded lectures. On Monday, there are 2 hours of the online live session. There are tutorials occasionally. On Tuesday, there is a morning session for discussing items in the Archives & Special Collections at the University Glasgow. In the afternoon, there is a one hour lecture. On Wednesday, there are 2 hours of online live sessions and group discussion. On Thursday, there are some videos about dissertation preparation. The lecturers are friendly and willing to answer questions.

3. Reasons for being information professionals:

This profession has been growing steadily as the number of records and the knowledge and social consciousness about saving information have increased. I want to handle digital archives records and maintain archival materials. Data management and preservation skills are very important aspects of this job. It has aroused my passion for collecting and protecting information. Meanwhile, I want to achieve my goals such as using technology to meet users information needs and preserving information. I want to have a strong fundamental understanding of the management of the archive and library collections. My passion for archives records stems from my interest in how the role of information manager affects the collection care and condition. I want to support how to amass, conserve and distribute the records that consist of organisational publications and photos. The most important is that I would like to be a link between society and information and support lifelong learning. I want to work in an environment which needs strong communication skills toffee different patrons and fulfil their information needs with different backgrounds. I found myself becoming more mature by assisting library services such as organizing events so I am sure that the information sector is my ideal workplace.

4. Career Paths:

I want to establish and maintain proper repositories in public and private organizations — such as public archives, colleges and universities, museums and cultural heritage sites, photographic and film collections, public libraries, foundations, government agencies and corporations.

5. Why The University of Glasgow:

I believe the anticipation of studying at the University of Glasgow is very inspiring. Especially, this master degree is accredited Archives & Records Association and CILIP. I believe that it can help me to upgrade myself for understanding more management techniques and standards for describing archival materials. This programme can help to develop my knowledge about the fundamental basis of archives and records theories with different subjects.

by admin Posted 28 October, 2021

Our former International College student, Laura from Taiwan, tells us about her experience of studying abroad in Sheffield. In this blog, she shares how supportive College staff were before, during and after her International Foundation Year studies.

I have to confess that last year, when I decided to study abroad, I wasn’t really sure if I’d made the right decision at first. Before everything started, I was really worried. I was worried about travelling alone during the pandemic, about transferring to the unfamiliar environment and even about not reaching the progression requirement, or not being able to make foreign friends.

However, after starting my studies at the University of Sheffield International College, I soon realised that the whole environment there was welcoming and supportive, and all my previous worries seemed unnecessary. Before I took my flight to the UK, I received emails listing the airport pick-up services that the College provided, as well as asking if everything was fine in terms of my travel. After settling down in Sheffield, the staff at the College also gave me phone calls from time to time, making sure that I was adapting well to the local life. With this support, I soon conquered my anxiety and homesickness, and was able focus more on my studies and assessments.

Studying at the International College, we had to reach the required grades in order to progress to the study at the University. I sometimes felt stressed about this, but the teachers were always willing to give me advice for improving my essays and reports, and the Academic Success tutors also taught me a lot about how to construct effective study plans. From this help, not only have I passed the progression requirement successfully, but I’ve also acquired a lot of useful learning skills to take forward with me.

Additionally, through the College’s activities like buddy scheme and campus tour, I got chances to socialise with more people from different cultural backgrounds, as well as to make new friends with mutual interests and hobbies.

Studying abroad might sound intimidating in the beginning, but throughout my International Foundation Year, I found myself fully supported on the way to my goal and dream.

by admin Posted 28 January, 2021

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