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About The Life Tools programme
It consists of a series of presentations designed to get you thinking, to increase your knowledge and provide you with the competences to enhance your life. The talks cover a range of topics about the learning process and personal development to build academic confidence and resilience while maintaining your health and wellness. The aim is to increase understanding of what are the factors that contribute to effective learning and self-management, and provide strategies to add to your toolkit so you can optimise your academic potential and derive a sense of fulfilment from achieving your aims.

In today’s demanding job market, employers place a lot of emphasis on finding applicants with specific skills and abilities for their organisations. They are looking for candidates with behaviours and competences which complement their academic achievements such as having the capacity to self-motivate and with a can-do-attitude, ability to work independently and collaborate with others, being confident and having a strong work ethic, as well as having the flexibility to manage uncertainty and adapt to ongoing changes effectively.

The programme includes presentations designed to inform and educate so that you can be well prepared with these attributes which will complement and enhance your academic portfolio. Why not attend one of the talks so you can see for yourself: Acquire the knowledge, assimilate the skills and apply them to your academic and personal life.

The talks are open to all students, and there is no need to book.

About The Life Tools blog
Hi, I am Alicia and I am creating this blog to support the Life Tools programme. The focus of the programme is on promoting a proactive approach to building personal resources and develop strengths and resilience. The aim is to provide you with research based information and strategies to manage academic challenges, maintain your health and feel motivated to enjoy your learning.

My intention is to build on the information provided in the talks, and gradually develop the resources stored in this blog so that they are accessible to you at any time. The topics covered will be informed by your feedback on the topics you are interested in learning more about. The purpose also is to make the programme and resources more accessible to all students. If you are interested in a specific topic you can email me at talks@reading.ac.uk.

I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, and an Occupational Psychologist. I was Head of Student Wellbeing until last academic year. Currently I am working as a Wellness Consultant and in this role I run the Life Tools programme, and work with my colleagues in the Welfare team collaborating with colleagues in Student Wellbeing Services.

Dr Alicia Peña Bizama, C.Psychol, AFBPsS
Wellness Consultant
Student Success and Engagement Team
Carrington Building, Second Floor, room 207
m.a.penabizama@reading.ac.uk