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Podcast

Our podcast series explores a variety of academic skills topics such as essay writing, plagiarism and statistics.

Publications

Discover 'Quote, Unquote', our guide to Harvard referencing, and our series of Little Books, which cover a range of academic skills you will find useful during your time at university.

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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.

Academic Skills Resources

Resource collections

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  • Executive summaries

    Understand what an executive summary is for and how to write one for your report.

  • Professional Skills theme

    Learn how to work effectively in a group, improve your time management, and identify techniques for creative problem solving.

  • Abstracts

    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.

  • Assignment Calculator

    Use this web-based app to help you plan your time to complete an assignment within a deadline.

  • Dissertation proposals

    Discover how to write structured proposal for a dissertation.

Popular resources

  • Models for structuring reflection

    Learn about the models and theories that you can use to help structure your reflective work.

  • The research process

    Identify different types of research, the purposes of research, and the stages of a research project.

  • The benefits of reflection

    An introduction to reflection. Explains why it is useful to reflect and why you may be asked to do it while at University.

  • 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.

  • 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.