How to Help Students be Successful

Two articles and a website, I have come across recently, got me thinking about how libraries can help students be successful students. They show the importance of information literacy (without necessarily using that term). A reminder, then, for students to make use of the library training programme and information desk. You just might learn something you can use in a job!

Knowing What Leads to Student Success | From the Bell Tower talks about some recent research about how students learn.

Project Information Literacy is a [US] national study about early adults and their information-seeking behaviors, competencies, and the challenges they face when conducting research in the digital age. This month PIL published a research report from an exploratory study that investigated how college graduates solve information problems once they leave campus and join the workplace. It found that employers still need workers with traditional methods of conducting research as well as online searching skills – highlighting that there is a gap between what students are learning and employers are looking for.

Beyond employability: embedding life skills in higher education was a live chat about what students need to learn at higher education so that they will, hopefully, get a job when they graduate.

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