Preparing for study

Preparing for study

Courses and information to get you ready for University-level study.

Key tasks

Your timetable

Timetables for courses starting in January 2024 will be available on My Timetable ahead of your course start. You can also find your timetable in Blackboard.

When term begins, remember to check your timetable every day, in case of last minute changes or cancellations.

Visit Blackboard

Blackboard is our teaching hub. You'll need it for a lot of things, including:

  • checking your timetable,
  • finding course materials,
  • accessing email and files,
  • getting grades and feedback, and
  • communicating with tutors and other students.

Our Blackboard guide tells you more, and you can access Blackboard through MyHallam as soon as you have enrolled (please note it can take 2/3 days for your timetable to be available following enrolment). You will be using it daily, so it's a good idea to sign in and explore before term begins. 

We recommend that you use the Google Chrome web browser when accessing Blackboard to ensure all features are available.

Registering your attendance

To support you in achieving your full potential we register attendance on all our courses. If you are starting your course in January 2024, you will be asked to record your attendance at taught sessions using Study Goal. Please familiarise yourself with Study Goal.

Don't forget to save the link to the Study Goal sign in page as a favourite in your preferred browser on any device. 

If you are unable to attend for any reason you should let us know as soon as you are able and you will find out how to do this at the start of your course. Find out more about our commitment to attendance and read our attendance statement.

Your achievement whilst you study at Sheffield Hallam matters to us. Successful progress and positive outcomes are supported by your active participation in teaching sessions; and this includes attendance. Regular attendance on your course is therefore important as this enables you to do well in your degree.

Video call software and equipment

Read our guide to video calls before your first week of teaching.

The guide tells you what software you need and how to access it.

It also includes equipment suggestions, and tips on getting the best out of your online sessions.

Download Office365

As a Hallam student you can download Office365 for free.

This gives you access to a range of Microsoft software on your personal device, including Outlook for your University emails and Teams for collaborative work. To log in to your Outlook, use your Hallam credentials - username@hallam.shu.ac.uk and your University password.

We recommend that you check Outlook regularly before you arrive, as we will be sending you reminders about pre-arrival tasks and Welcome Week activities.

Welcome to your library

Our campus libraries are here to support you to become an independent learner and succeed throughout your time at Sheffield Hallam. The Library team will help you develop the academic skills you need and provide you with the best resources to support your learning. 

To help you get started, have a look at our Reading at University guide. You can also explore all our libraries have to offer.

Digital skills workshops and drop-ins

The Library runs regular tutorials and drop-in sessions, including training on assistive technology. Visit the digital and technology skills page to book your place on a session. 

Academic skills

Assess your study skills and build a development plan.

More on these topics

Some of these links will take you to other Sheffield Hallam websites. You can use shu.ac.uk/prepare to find you way back to the 'Prepare for university' pages.

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