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Podcast

Our podcast series explores a variety of academic skills topics such as essay writing, plagiarism and statistics.

Latest episode (1st May)

Analysing research data - Part 2

Publications

Discover 'Quote, Unquote', our guide to Harvard referencing, and our series of Little Books, which cover a range of academic skills you will find useful during your time at university.

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Welcome to Skills for Learning

Skills for Learning is a collection of resources to support the learning and teaching of academic skills.

Developing your academic skills is an essential part of successful study at university and your future employability. Academic skills include the use of IT, numeracy, academic literacy, problem solving, critical thinking, working with others and research skills.

We also offer Skills for Learning workshops and tutorials on academic communication, maths and IT skills.

Off-campus access: If you are accessing the site off-campus, you will be asked to log in using your user id and password from your student card. For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

What you'll find on Skills for Learning

Resource collections

Skills for Learning workshops have now ended for the year. Tutorials are still available and can be booked here.

What's new?

  • Literature reviews

    Learn what a literature review is and how to write one effectively.

  • Dissertation proposals

    Discover how to write structured proposal for a dissertation.

  • Global Student theme

    Improve your cultural awareness, consider your global perspective, and discover approaches to learning a new language.

  • Becoming a confident and motivated student

    Increase your self-confidence, motivate yourself, and learn how to give and receive constructive criticism.

  • Professional Skills theme

    Learn how to work effectively in a group, improve your time management, and identify techniques for creative problem solving.

  • Abstracts

    Understand what abstracts are for and how to write one for your dissertation or report.

Popular resources

  • Models for structuring reflection

    Learn about the models and theories that you can use to help structure your reflective work.

  • "Quote, Unquote"

    "Quote, Unquote" is an authoritative source on author-date or 'Harvard' referencing. It contains the details of how to reference many types of sources and also gives advice on how to cite sources in your work.

  • Harvard referencing

    An introduction to referencing explaining why it is important to reference your work correctly and various terms that are used.

  • Mathematical Operations

    Understand the four main mathematical operations, powers and the sequence in which operations should be tackled in calculations.

  • Team theory

    Learn about Belbin's team role theory, a number of other team development theories and assess the roles of members of your team.

  • Report writing

    Find out about the sections that should be included when writing a report and the correct writing style that should be used.