Hillcroft LRC

Archive for January 2017

Presentation and interview booksI was intrigued this week listening to Thursday 26 January’s episode of Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4. It was about how the actor Orlando Bloom was flying to Manchester to help comprehensive school pupils in Cheshire learn acting skills. Orlando is teaching them how to use their voice and act. He is honing  skills that will help them present themselves well at job or university interviews. These are the kind of skills which are often neglected and help boost your confidence in communicating with others.

Orlando like many of our students has dyslexia and the acting skills helped him boost his confidence and communicate more easily with others. Although many would think acting is a way of hiding the inner self, it is in fact is a way of helping you bridge the gap in your lack of confidence and performance so you can impress your interviewers.

Our Learning Resources Centre has a number of books that will help you further with this. Here are some of our latest ones:

Posters and Presentations by Emily Blethell and Clare Milsom

Develop Your Presentation Skills by Theo Theobald

Brilliant Presentation: What the Best Presenters Know, Do and Say by Richard Hall

The Job Interview Toolkit: Excercises to Get You Fit for Your Interview by Ann Reynolds and Julie Cooper

The Interview Book : How to Prepare and Perform at Your Best in Any Interview by James Innes




jan-dvds-vertWhy not curl up somewhere warm during this cold weather and dip into one or two of our new DVDs.

Here is the latest selection added to our catalogue.

The lady in the van is a comedy featuring Maggie Smith who plays an unpleasant vagrant who pulls up on to a driveway in her clapped out van, and stays put for 15 years!

Gone girl features Ben Affleck as a husband who is subjected to the psychological uncovering of his wife’s disappearance.

The book thief is a historical film set in 1930s Germany. A young girl steals books and shares them with others as her adoptive parents are hiding a Jewish refugee.

Mad Max: Fury Road is a fast action sci-fi movie. It is set in the future in a remote area of the planet where humanity has collapsed. The couple central to the movie (Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron) aim to bring hope to desperate people trying to hold on to the necessities of life.

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Sweet dreams by Brillianthues (2013) is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Happy New Year!

The theme of this blog post is short and sweet: getting the most out of reading and learning in bite-sized chunks.

Short stories

We’ve been building our collection of books from around the world in Hillcroft LRC because we want to give a taste of reading to suit everyone and to resonate with all kinds of readers. There’s a new literary prize set up to illuminate the works of black and minority ethnic (BAME) authors. It’s really exciting to hear about more diversity in publishing. There are so many more stories that we can hear.

Have a look at the short stories on The Asian Writer website for quick hits of new perspectives and universal feelings.


On a list of the best apps to keep you on track with new year’s resolutions are two notables. One is Pocket Cast to organise and find podcasts, a great way to learn on the go and when your eyes are tired. The second app that I am keen to try out is Lrn, which promises to teach the basics of code with fun quizzes and short lessons.

First News

In the LRC we’ve subscribed to a new newspaper called FirstNews. This is the news in short, with lots of engaging pictures and graphs. If you don’t have time to read a whole article take a moment and grab First News. You can learn something on a single page.

Chrome Web Store

The Chrome Web Store has lots of add-ons (extensions) to customise internet use. All of the browsers will have similar online stores. There are lots of free ways to make research more fun such as adding a kitten picture to every new tab. There’s a goal setting, note taking, procrastination busting homepage from Limitless. More health benefits also include extensions to remind you to take a break or drink water. Check out the web store and reinvent your internet experience.

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