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Don't panic: guide to being a QMU student: LRC / ELS

The The Guide to Being a QMU Student by Ellie Pullar & Bianca Petrone

The Library (LRC) and the Effective Learning Service (ELS)


The QMU library is known as the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) its open to students 24/7, one of the best places to cram last minute assessments. The staff in the library are so friendly and are always happy to help with borrowing books, printing and general enquiries about the library resources. There is an entire LibGuide called ‘how to use the library’ which we have linked below, that gives you all the information you need to know on the library. A great resource I found at the LRC was their assessment guides, they are basically booklets with the steps to complete different types of assessments including reports, essays, literature reviews and critical reflection to name a few. These booklets particularly helped me coming in as a DE since I hadn’t heard of all the different assessments.

We have added a link to the liaison librarians, each subject has their own and they are amazing for answering questions in those specific subjects. It’s easy to go straight to lecturers about resources but why not try asking your subject’s liaison librarian, they can help answer your questions and guide you to the right place to find what you are looking for. It is worth speaking to the staff at the LRC when you first start at uni as unfortunately for me, I did not make full use of the resources available to me when I started and once I did it made my life much easier.

The Effective Learning Service

Another resource available to students is the Effective Learning Service (ELS). They are a service that can help students develop their academic writing and study skills. Now, although the service is not there to proofread an essay or tell you’ve put the right content into a report, they can help you develop your writing by showing you how to apply feedback from a previous assessment. They can also help with the common mistakes people make like layout, wording, punctuation and grammar as getting this right will help you gain those extra marks for presentation in an assessment. Now as I am writing this, I wish I’d taken advantage of this service as I would have helped me improve my academic writing and study skills. Don’t be like me, use this service, I really wish I did!

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