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Podcast

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

Current Episode (October 13th 2014)

Student confidence

“Quote, Unquote”

"Quote, Unquote": A Guide to Harvard Referencing

Welcome to Skills for Learning

Starting your first university essay?

Skills for Learning is running a week of workshops from Monday 20th of October, aimed at students who are writing their first essay.

Subjects include 'Critical thinking in your essays', 'Essay writing', 'Finding information for your assignments', 'Formatting your essay in Word' and data analysis.

All students are welcome.Workshops are free and you don’t need to book.

You can download a copy of the Starting your first university essay timetable for the schedule of events or you can see the Workshop Timetable page for details of this and all our other workshops.

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

PDF copies of the timetable for printing can be found on the Workshop and Tutorials page.

What's new?

  • Improve your academic IT skills

    Understand which IT skills you need to produce academic work and decide how you will improve your academic IT skills.

  • Percentages and ratios

    Understand percentages and ratios and how they relate to fractions and decimals, and learn how to perform caculations using percentages and ratios.

  • Dissertation IT kit

    Learn how to effectively use Word 2010 to work on your dissertation in the most efficient way.

  • Reflection topic

    Learn about the benefits of reflection and different techniques you can use to help with your own reflective work.

  • Postgraduate collection

    A collection of our resources that are especially useful to postgraduate students.

Popular resources

  • The research question

    Explores how to take research ideas and form them into 'research questions', 'aims', or 'testable hypotheses'.

  • 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.

  • Types of business

    Learn about the most important legal formats describing types of business and the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

  • Models for structuring reflection

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

  • Essay writing

    Learn to analyse essay questions, to write your own questions and to plan, prepare and write essays using the appropriate style and presentation.

  • What is reflection

    Explains what reflection is, why you may be asked to do it and gives some advice and strategies to help you.

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