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.
- Professional Skills theme
Learn how to work effectively in a group, improve your time management, and identify techniques for creative problem solving.
Understand what abstracts are for and how to write one for your dissertation or report.
- Dissertation proposals
Discover how to write structured proposal for a dissertation.
- 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.
- Becoming a confident and motivated student
Increase your self-confidence, motivate yourself, and learn how to give and receive constructive criticism.
- The research process
Identify different types of research, the purposes of research, and the stages of a research project.
- Report writing
Find out about the sections that should be included when writing a report and the correct writing style that should be used.
- Dissertation IT kit
Learn how to use the appropriate tools in Microsoft Word to format your dissertation in a professional and efficient way.
- Critical thinking
An introduction to critical thinking at University. Learn how to analyse arguments used in sources and how to improve your own arguments.
Understand what plagiarism is, why it matters, and what you can do to avoid plagiarism in your work.
- "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.