Study skills

Study leavers

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Today our Y11s will start their study leave period ahead of their GCSEs.

To send them on their way we are offering this link to the Student Minds Exam Stress page.

Good luck everyone, be kind to yourselves.


It’s been busy

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Lent has been a busy time here in the Wodehouse Library.

Year 11s spent two of their wellbeing lessons with us learning about plagiarism avoidance using the study skills books and the Encyclopedia Britannica online resource.

Year 9 boys also visited the library for two lessons to work on their history projects. During these lessons boys used Ormiston (the Dulwich College Register) and the Dulwich College War Record, and other online resources to research an OA who was killed during World War 1.

This year’s Free Learning Day for year 10 saw the Library and Archives team up to deliver 5 sessions exploring Christopher Marlowe’s connections to Dulwich College, conspiracy theories, fake news and fact-checking.

As part of the Trinity Schools Group, Dulwich College hosted the TSBA ceremony which saw author Stewart Foster win with his novel Bubble Boy.

We’ve maintained the usual displays of fiction and non-fiction in and around the library, added new stock and been glad of the continued help of prefects and pupil librarians with on-going weeding and tidying projects. We’re looking forward to seeing both boys and staff over the next few days choosing holiday reading!

Have a great Easter break, everyone, and see you in the Summer Term.

Archives and Library

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The Year 9 History Project is underway in the Wodehouse Library.

Either side of half term we’ll be welcoming Year 9 classes into the Wodehouse Library for the ‘Old Alleynians & the Great War’ Year 9 History Project.

Each Year 9 boy has been allocated an OA to research and their library sessions will offer them a chance to use Dulwich College Archive materials, such as Ormiston (a record which offers a summary of every OA since 1619). Boys will also use the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website to find memorials and final resting places of the OAs they are learning about with a little family history being added by the 1911 Census on Ancestry Library.

The project also prompts boys to look at more of our online resources, like the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ONDB) and undertake some detective work on sites around the school campus too.

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New Items in the Wodehouse Library

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Here’s a selection of what’s new on the shelves here in the Wodehouse Library

You can find more on the New Items display in the Inner Room and more besides on the end of shelf displays.

The #PeriodicalsRoom shelves are sporting fewer Trump covers this week, even if the new President’s words and actions aren’t dominating the news still. Philosophy Now back issues are on display and we encourage you to pick up and browse any/all of the titles on offer. Cycling Weekly is back after we paused delivery for the Christmas break and our penultimate copy of Creative Review is there to be read. Do feedback to the Art Department if you read this title and value it as we’re not planning to renew the subscription.

We’ve been busy over the past few weeks with Year 11 wellbeing classes covering plagiarism avoidance and the Year 9 History Project is coming up in the weeks before and straight after half term. Year 10s are not forgotten this Lent Term in the Wodehouse as planning has started for their Free Learning Day in March.

Finally, Phil the chameleon has settled into his new home well. Pop in and say hello to him 🙂

Reference and Study Skills Sections

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There have been a few changes in the Wodehouse Library this Michaelmas term.

Most noticeably, the Reference Section has been reduced and some shelving removed. We know that for some of you the leisure to browse some of the more obscure dictionaries whilst awaiting your printing will be felt keenly and we offer as an alternative the headlines from The Day which are posted each day on the Issue Desk, or why not chat to the merry librarians!

Our second exciting change concerns the Study Skills collection, which has been moved into the newly freed up space in the Reference Section. We hope that this move will raise awareness of the many useful items which support teaching and learning at DC.

One of the key things to remember about the Study Skills collection is that you don’t have to read any of the books cover to cover. Simply dip into relevant sections and learn what you need. Along the way you can pick up some decent advice about how to overcome obstacles and gain some reassurance that you are not the only one to have struggled to write or plan an essay or craft the most persuasive argument ever.

And here it is! Many thanks to Charles Bird, Arthur Cheung and Percy Chan for the help moving the books and creating the display.

Wait for it…

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We wanted to write a post about procrastinating.

Here’s list of the things that have delayed us:

  1. looking up the definition of procrastinate in an actual dictionary
  2. realising we have The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary vols 1 & 2 twice, plus an illustrated, a concise and some thesauri
  3. browsing the above mentioned reference books (this took ages but was interesting)
  4. tidying up the reference books shelves (took a while, made hands dirty)
  5. persuading someone else to write this post (unsuccessfully so far)
  6. the end of the working day (twice).

Reassuringly we read this in Fighting Invisible Tigers by Earl Hipp:

Pretty much everyone puts off boring or hard tasks from time to time. Some of the smartest, most motivated, and successful people are known (or secret) procrastinators.


Highs and lows

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It’s exam time and whilst you might be dropping into the Wodehouse Library to revise we thought we would take this opportunity to mention a few new books dealing with teenage stress to help you through.

First up we have 3 books by Nicola Morgan:

  • Blame my brain: the amazing teenage brain revealed (someone told us that this had made their son understand more about sleep patterns)
  • Know your brain: feed it, test it, stretch it
  • The teenage guide to stress.

Read them through if you want/need to but probably right now you might find simply dipping into these books helpful. There’s a short chapter on exams and schoolwork in The teenage guide to stress that highlights the kinds of worries students feel at this time of year and Nicola Morgan makes a number of suggestions for managing the stress these worries cause.

We’ll mention just 2 more books here:

  • Mind your head: all about our mental health by Juno Dawson and Dr Olivia Hewitt
  • Fighting invisible tigers: stress management for teens by Earl Hipp.

Juno Dawson writes with a real light touch about exams and school and Dr Olivia weighs in with an expert view. There’s a table on p.71 that highlights what stress might look like.

Finally, Earl Hipp’s book busts some myths about stress and there’s a nice section about procrastination which prompted the actual writing and publication of this blog post (which has been in a planning phase for longer than we like to remember).

You can find all of these books and plenty more in the Library Catalogue and these keywords will be helpful: Reading Well, stress.