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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' (PDF version) or 'Quote, Unquote' (online version), 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.

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Academic Skills Resources

Resource collections

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  • 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.

  • Literature reviews

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

  • Abstracts

    Understand what abstracts are for and how to write one for your dissertation or report.

  • Becoming a confident and motivated student

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

  • Executive summaries

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

Popular resources

  • Models for structuring reflection

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

  • The research process

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

  • Report writing

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

  • Harvard referencing

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

  • 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.