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  YEAR 1

How to make a start with the ePDP

There are five main sections for each undergraduate level – read the brief introductory text in each section and select one or two of the attached documents to sample the material.

1.  Introduction (this section)

Explains the purpose and benefit of PDP
(Includes a special section for mature students)

2.  Tutorial Support

Outlines how NUPAD fits with the standard tutorial system
You should attend tutorials and take preparation seriously; your tutors may select or adapt specific exercises for tutorial discussions.

3.  Review & Reflection

Keep track of your progress by using these on-line PDP exercises
You can update and save your records in a folder, or on a disc/CD or memory stick. Remember to take action on comments on marker sheets.

4.  Key Skills

Part of PDP is to identify your developing skills, and relate these to different contexts
Whenever you need to explain your progress on paper (CV), or verbally (interview), your records will provide a valuable source of examples. Your course/module tasks or assignments may themselves include some PDP activities such as reflection on learning experiences, so add a note of these in your records.

5. Action Planning

Work out what you want to achieve, and how to go about it
This section helps you decide how to fill any gaps and set specific targets for improving grades or planning your next steps.

Student quote: ‘It has made me think about what my strong points are, how I have grown as a person, and how I can use the skills gained at university within the working world - it has been a very worthwhile process.'

All HE students (like most employees in the workplace) are now encouraged to take note of their development and keep records of their progress.
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Mature Students  
Graphic link to downloadable leaflet, 'Welcome to NUPAD' Student

Thinking about what you do makes you better at doing it, so potentially leads to improved grades!

Writing down your skills and achievements, both from study and other activities, will prove really valuable when you apply for jobs or placements.
Employers like to hear examples you can describe in detail.

Don't forget that informal PDP activities include chatting over your ideas, goals, or problems with friends or family, developing skills through student sporting or social activities and volunteering, and in your part-time job. Write your thoughts down, develop your CV, and improve your future chances of success!


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