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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 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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  • Literature reviews

    Learn what a literature review is and how to write one effectively.

  • Professional Skills theme

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

  • Global Student theme

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

  • Assignment Calculator

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

  • Creativity and problem solving

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

  • Learning and Study theme

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

Popular resources

  • 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.

  • Plagiarism

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

  • The research process

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

  • Dissertation IT kit

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

  • Models for structuring reflection

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

  • Harvard referencing

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