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 and reports; how to reference your sources correctly; what plagiarism is; how to make a mind map; how to read more effectively; what critical thinking is; and test your grammar and spelling.
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.
PDF copies of the timetable for printing can be found on the Workshop and Tutorials page.
- Reflection topic
Learn about the benefits of reflection and different techniques you can use to help with your own reflective work.
- Postgraduate collection
A collection of our resources that are especially useful to postgraduate students.
- Improve your academic IT skills
Understand which IT skills you need to produce academic work and decide how you will improve your academic IT skills.
- Percentages and ratios
Understand percentages and ratios and how they relate to fractions and decimals, and learn how to perform caculations using percentages and ratios.
- Dissertation IT kit
Learn how to effectively use Word 2010 to work on your dissertation in the most efficient way.
- 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.
- Types of business
Learn about the most important legal formats describing types of business and the advantages and disadvantages of each type.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mathematical Operations
Understand the four main mathematical operations, powers and the sequence in which operations should be tackled in calculations.