Workshops / Appointments | A-Z Index | Publications | Printable Guides | Media Library | Staff | Help / FAQ

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.

Quick Tour

Watch a short introduction to familiarise yourself with the website features

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 appointments 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

What's new?

  • Executive summaries

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

  • Assignment Calculator

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

  • Global Student theme

    Improve your cultural awareness, consider your global perspective, and discover approaches to learning a new language.

  • Learning and Study theme

    Find out about different methods of assessment, learn how to manage your studies independently and confidently.

  • Abstracts

    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.

Popular resources

  • 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.

  • Mathematical Operations

    Understand the four main mathematical operations, powers and the sequence in which operations should be tackled in calculations.

  • Models for structuring reflection

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

  • Report writing

    Find out about the sections that should be included when writing a report and the correct writing style that should be used.

  • Critical thinking

    An introduction to critical thinking at University. Learn how to analyse arguments used in sources and how to improve your own arguments.

  • Time management

    Analyse how you use your time, identify areas for improvement and learn how to prioritise academic work and other activities.