Learning Issues
Prior experience & expectations.

24 resources
across 5 Faculties

Faculty of Arts

Defining a critical curriculum: UCAS admissions and first-year study in the Department of Music.

This project will explore the relationship between undergraduate admissions and first-year learning and teaching within the Music… (347 word resource by Daniel Grimley, School of Humanities: January 2004).


Student expectations about teaching in Nottingham.

They have far more contact time over there. When I went to China that's the first thing that really stuck out.…

5 min 6s video by Peter Yeandle et al. (November 2009)


Support for writing skills.

Students are going to need to develop very high levels of writing and argument and different ways of presenting their ideas …

1 min 46s video by Andrew Fisher, School of Humanities (June 2007)

Faculty of Engineering

Bridging the learning interface: a case study.

The IESSG in the School of Civil Engineering runs three postgraduate taught courses in Satellite Positioning Technology, Geodetic … (212 word resource by Andrew Sowter, Department of Civil Engineering: January 2004).


Declining mathematical standards among Science and Engineering undergraduates: fact or fallacy?

There is a perception that mathematical ability/knowledge among science and engineering students is declining. This issue was… (409 word resource by Marion Unwin et al.: September 2004).


Finding out what students know and don't know.

Knowledge gaps are common and apparent in students owing to their varied personal backgrounds. This is compounded by the … (432 word resource by Mike Johnson et al.: January 2006).

Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

Identifying the student's level of knowledge and understanding of a subject prior to its inclusion within a module.

Several writers discuss the potential benefits of an adult learning approach, based on the fundamental principles of andragogy;… (341 word resource by Ian Trueman, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Physiotherapy: January 2004).


Improving numeracy skills in Masters students.

Background: Statistics plays an important role in the curriculum of Masters courses in the Medical Faculty, due to the need for… (438 word resource by Jo Leonardi-Bee et al.: January 2005).


Investigating the predictors of academic achievement in order to guide student support directives.

Due to the widening participation initiative, it is becoming increasingly important to understand why some students do well and … (406 word resource by Aimee Aubeeluck et al.: January 2009).


Is language proficiency a predictor of academic success for international students? Implications for teaching practice.

Background: Over 4,000 international students are currently registered at the University of Nottingham, with numbers increasing… (395 word resource by Karen Robinson et al.: September 2004).


"It has taken too long to get here - so I'm not bloody-well leaving!" - barriers and enablers for mature students in HE.

Compared to traditional academic disciplines, far more students enrolling on Diploma in Nursing (DipN) courses in the UK are over… (451 word resource by Sue Johnson et al.: January 2005).


Perceptions of first year undergraduates of facilitated and non-facilitated small group learning environments.

Student-centered learning is of growing importance within Higher Education and increasingly includes student-led as well as … (490 word resource by Rachael Tarlinton et al.: July 2009).


Placements in Nursing: academic, mentor and student expectations.

Alison: Fifty percent of the nursing courses are practice which requires a range of practical placements to give students lots of …

3 min 59s video by Alison Clark et al. (January 2010)


Video demonstrations of common laboratory techniques address student diversity and limited lab time.

When people start the MSc in Molecular Diagnostics they come with quite varied levels of experience. Some of our students have … (1058 word resource by Paddy Tighe et al.: May 2009).

Faculty of Science

The art of teaching scientific computation: men are geeks and women are illogical

Why, for some students, is there such a marked disparity between their normal performance and that achieved on computing … (431 word resource by Frazer Pearce, School of Physics & Astronomy: January 2006).


Explaining complex concepts.

One of the things that is very important when you lecture a subject like this is that you have drawn models that keep repeating…

2 min 1s video by Liz Sockett, School of Biology (July 2004)


Lecturers with English as their second language: survey of students and staff views.

A large fraction of the teaching staff at our university has English as their second language. This is an increasing trend in… (496 word resource by Juan Garrahan et al.: September 2005).


Undergraduate chemistry laboratory courses: a twenty first century approach.

Practical courses in the School of Chemistry have retained a largely traditional style over recent years with the focus being … (480 word resource by Anna Bertram, School of Chemistry: January 2006).


Virtually maths free statistics teaching.

A grasp of statistics is necessary for undergraduate and post-graduate students in many subject areas. Statistics teaching is… (424 word resource by Ian Hardy, School of Biosciences: September 2004).

Faculty of Social Sciences

Bridging the gap? Evaluation of a pre-sessional course.

First-year undergraduate students have very diverse academic backgrounds, and this presents a challenge for courses where the… (471 word resource by Maria Montero, School of Economics: January 2005).


A University-wide study into student motivation parameters: implications of academic, environmental and cognitive motivators for practitioners.

Academics and university management require knowledge of student motivation parameters because motivation influences the… (466 word resource by Mathew Hughes et al.: September 2005).


Using aims at the beginning of a session to aid learning.

"I think it's really important that at the beginning of any session, with any learners, that there's clarification around where…

2 min 11s video by Do Coyle, School of Education (July 2004)


Vague expectations and diverse preferences: a study of undergraduate students at Nottingham University Business School.

The increased number of students in higher education has coincided with a shift towards seeing students as ‘customers' who … (633 word resource by Mohsen Derregia, Nottingham University Business School: January 2008).

Central services

Supporting students in reaching their academic potential.

Robin Dollery: getting into a University like Nottingham is very competitive. Once we get our students here, we would like to …

4 min 15s video by Robin Dollery et al. (February 2011)

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