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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

What's new?

  • Dissertation proposals

    Discover how to write structured proposal for a dissertation.

  • Assignment Calculator

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

  • Becoming a confident and motivated student

    Increase your self-confidence, motivate yourself, and learn how to give and receive constructive criticism.

  • 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.

  • Professional Skills theme

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

Popular resources

  • Report writing

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Harvard referencing

    An introduction to referencing explaining why it is important to reference your work correctly and various terms that are used.

  • Dissertation IT kit

    Learn how to use the appropriate tools in Microsoft Word to format your dissertation in a professional and efficient way.