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Podcast

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

Latest episode (4th Jul)

Critical thinking

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

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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

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?

  • Abstracts

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

  • Professional Skills theme

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

  • Creativity and problem solving

    Learn the importance of creativity and how to use various techniques to help you solve problems.

  • Global Student theme

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

  • Literature reviews

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

  • Exam preparation and revision

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

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.

  • 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.

  • Dissertation IT kit

    Learn how to use the appropriate tools in Microsoft Word to format your dissertation in a professional and efficient way.

  • 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.

  • 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.