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.
- Assignment Calculator
Use this web-based app to help you plan your time to complete an assignment within a deadline.
Understand what abstracts are for and how to write one for your dissertation or report.
- Literature reviews
Learn what a literature review is and how to write one effectively.
- 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.
- Exam preparation and revision
Learn preparation and revision techniques for exams and different techniques to improve memory.
- 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.
- The research process
Identify different types of research, the purposes of research, and the stages of a research project.
- Critical thinking
An introduction to critical thinking at University. Learn how to analyse arguments used in sources and how to improve your own arguments.
- "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.
- Time management
Analyse how you use your time, identify areas for improvement and learn how to prioritise academic work and other activities.
- Report writing
Find out about the sections that should be included when writing a report and the correct writing style that should be used.