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Media Library

Our media library explores a variety of academic skills topics such as essay writing, plagiarism and statistics.

Publications

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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 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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  • 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.

  • Dissertation proposals

    Discover how to write structured proposal for a dissertation.

  • 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.

  • Creativity and problem solving

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

Popular resources

  • Time management

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

  • Dissertation IT kit

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

  • Critical thinking

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

  • Mathematical Operations

    Understand the four main mathematical operations, powers and the sequence in which operations should be tackled in calculations.

  • Report writing

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

  • Models for structuring reflection

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