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Podcast

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

Latest episode (20th Feb)

Reflection - 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

Further information on workshops and tutorials can be found on the Workshop and Tutorials page.

To book onto a workshop, please visit the Skills for Learning workshop calendar.

What's new?

  • Learning and Study theme

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

  • Abstracts

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

  • Assignment Calculator

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

  • Exam preparation and revision

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

  • Professional Skills theme

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

  • Dissertation proposals

    Discover how to write structured proposal for a dissertation.

Popular resources

  • Critical thinking

    An introduction to critical thinking at University. Learn how to analyse arguments used in sources and how to improve your own arguments.

  • 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.

  • Time management

    Analyse how you use your time, identify areas for improvement and learn how to prioritise academic work and other activities.

  • "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.

  • 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.