IELTS LISTENING S47T3
Study Skills Tutorial
TUTOR: Ah Caroline…come on in. Sit down.
TUTOR: So how’s the dissertation planning going?
CAROLINE: Well Dr Schulmann. I’m still having a lot of trouble deciding on a title.
TUTOR: Well, that’s perfectly normal at this stage. And this is what your turorials will help you to do.
TUTOR: What we’ll do is jot down some points that might help you in your decision. First of all, you have chosen your general topic area, haven’t you?
CAROLINE: Yes, it’s the Q21 fishing industry.
TUTOR: Oh yes, that was one of the areas you mentioned. Now, what aspects of the course are you good at?
CAROLINE: Well, I think I’m coping well with Q22 statistics, and I’m never bored by it.
TUTOR: Good. Anything else?
CAROLINE: Well, I found computer modelling fascinating – I have no problem following what’s being taught, whereas quite a few of my classmates find it difficult.
TUTOR: Well, that’s very good. Do you think these might be areas you could bring into your dissertation?
CAROLINE: Oh yes, if possible. It’s just that I’m having difficulty thinking how I can do that. You see I feel I don’t have sufficient background information.
TUTOR: I see. Well, do you take notes?
CAROLINE: I’m very weak at Q23 note-taking. My teachers always used to say that.
TUTOR: Well, I think you really need to work on these weaknesses before you go any further.
CAROLINE: What do you suggest?
TUTOR: Well, I can go through the possible strategies with you and let you decide where to go from there.
CAROLINE: Okay, thanks.
TUTOR: Well, some people find it helpful to organise peer-group discussions – you know, each week a different person studies a different topic and shares it with the group.
CAROLINE: Oh right.
TUTOR: It really helps build Q24 confidence, you know, having to present something to others.
CAROLINE: I can see that.
TUTOR: The drawback is that everyone in the group seems to share the same Q25 ideas…they keep being repeated in all the dissertations.
TUTOR: You could also try a service called ‘Q26 Student Support‘. It’s designed to give you a structured programme over a number of weeks to develop your skills.
CAROLINE: Sounds good.
TUTOR: Yes, unfortunately there are only a few Q27 places. But it’s worth looking into.
CAROLINE: Yes, of course. I know I’ve got to work on my study skills.
TUTOR: And then there are several study skills books you can consult.
TUTOR: They’ll be a good source of reference but the problem is they are sometimes too Q28 general.
CAROLINE: Yes, that’s what I’ve found.
TUTOR: Other than that I would strongly advise quite simple ideas like using a card index.
CAROLINE: Well, yes, I’ve never done that before.
TUTOR: It’s simple, but it really works because you have to get points down in a small space. Another thing I always advise is don’t just take your notes and forget about them. Read everything Q29 three times that’ll really fix them in your mind.
CAROLINE: Yes, I can see it’d take discipline but…
TUTOR: Well, if you establish good study skills at this stage they’ll be with you all your life.
CAROLINE: Oh yes. I completely agree. It’s just that I don’t seem to be able to discipline myself. I need to talk things over.
TUTOR: Well, we’ll be continuing these tutorials of course. Let’s arrange next month’s now. Let’s see, I can see you virtually any time during the week starting 22nd January.
CAROLINE: What about the 24th? I’m free in the afternoon.
TUTOR: Sorry, I’m booked then. What about the following day?
CAROLINE: Thursday? I can make the morning.
TUTOR: Fine, we’ll go for the Q30 25th then.
CAROLINE: That’s great, thanks.