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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.

Quick Tour

Watch a short introduction to familiarise yourself with the website features

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?

  • Assignment Calculator

    Use this web-based app to help you plan your time to complete an assignment within a deadline.

  • Learning and Study theme

    Find out about different methods of assessment, learn how to manage your studies independently and confidently.

  • Professional Skills theme

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

  • Exam preparation and revision

    Learn preparation and revision techniques for exams and different techniques to improve memory.

  • Abstracts

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

  • Literature reviews

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

Popular resources

  • 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.

  • The research process

    Identify different types of research, the purposes of research, and the stages of a research project.

  • Models for structuring reflection

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

  • Mathematical Operations

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

  • Report writing

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

  • The benefits of reflection

    An introduction to reflection. Explains why it is useful to reflect and why you may be asked to do it while at University.