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
Learn about writing essays, dissertations and reports; how to reference your sources correctly; what plagiarism is; how to make a mind map; how to read more effectively; and what is meant by critical thinking.
Learn about why reflection is important in academic study; different ways of reflecting on your experience, such as critical incident analysis; or writing a reflective journal; and different models for structuring reflection.
A collection of our website resources that are especially useful to our international students while studying here.
A collection of our website resources that are especially useful to our postgraduate students while studying here.
A collection of our website resources to help you explore the three Graduate Attributes you will develop through your studies at Leeds Beckett University.
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.
- Global Student theme
Improve your cultural awareness, consider your global perspective, and discover approaches to learning a new language.
- Executive summaries
Understand what an executive summary is for and how to write one for your report.
- Literature reviews
Learn what a literature review is and how to write one effectively.
- Creativity and problem solving
Learn the importance of creativity and how to use various techniques to help you solve problems.
- 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.
- 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.
- Time management
Analyse how you use your time, identify areas for improvement and learn how to prioritise academic work and other activities.
- Dissertation IT kit
Learn how to use the appropriate tools in Microsoft Word to format your dissertation in a professional and efficient way.
Understand what plagiarism is, why it matters, and what you can do to avoid plagiarism 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.
- 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.