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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dissertation IT kit
Learn how to effectively use Word 2010 to work on your dissertation in the most efficient way.
- 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.
- "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.
- What is reflection
Explains what reflection is, why you may be asked to do it and gives some advice and strategies to help you.
- Models for structuring reflection
Learn about the models and theories that you can use to help structure your reflective work.
- Learning styles
Understand what different learning styles are and which apply to you.
- The research question
Explores how to take research ideas and form them into 'research questions', 'aims', or 'testable hypotheses'.
- 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.