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Media Library

Our media library 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.

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

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  • Assignment Calculator

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

  • 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.

  • Creativity and problem solving

    Learn the importance of creativity and how to use various techniques to help you solve problems.

  • 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.

Popular resources

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.