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The University of Southampton

PRES0053 Independent Learning 25 Weeks

Module Overview

This module forms part of the Pre-sessional Programme. Within this module, you will develop a set of skills, strategies and techniques that will collectively contribute to your understanding of learner autonomy in a UK Higher Education environment. This professional skills set is transferable and will be valuable not only in the immediate context but also in your further education and employment.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand what is expected of you as an autonomous learner in the UK Higher Education system.
  • Efficiently and effectively identify reliable sources appropriate for your discipline
  • Employ critical researching skills
  • Reflect on your individual learning styles and employ methods to aid your own learning
  • Understand strategies for learning such as time-management, organisation and motivation
  • Employ referencing conventions and have a general knowledge of referencing management software
  • Understand and effectively use digital tools and systems to enhance your learning


The Independent Learning syllabus covers a variety of topics including developing awareness of critical thinking in your seminar skills, research skills and exam strategies. You will also focus on reflection to improve language learning and time management.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will experience a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including: workshops; individual, pair and group work in class; set tasks to be completed outside class; use of technology for learning; advising sessions.

Independent Study66
Practical classes and workshops44
Total study time110

Resources & Reading list

Cottrell, S. The Study Skills Handbook (Third Edition). 

Lowes, R, Peters, H, and Turner, M. The International Student’s Guide: Studying English at University.. 

Reinders, H, Moore, N, and Lewis, M. The International Student Handbook.. 

Pears, R, and Shields, G. Cite Them Right: The Essential Referencing Guide (Eighth Edition).. 

Northedge, A. The Good Study Guide.. 



Set exercises - non-exam

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