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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.

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 workshops and other types of support, please see the Get Help page.

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Academic Skills Resources

Resource collections

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  • 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.

  • Exam preparation and revision

    Learn preparation and revision techniques for exams and different techniques to improve memory.

  • Executive summaries

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

  • Global Student theme

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

  • Becoming a confident and motivated student

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

Popular resources

  • Time management

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

  • Models for structuring reflection

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

  • Plagiarism

    Understand what plagiarism is, why it matters, and what you can do to avoid plagiarism in your work.

  • Critical thinking

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

  • 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.

  • "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.