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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.

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

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.

Academic Skills Resources

Resource collections

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  • Dissertation proposals

    Discover how to write structured proposal for a dissertation.

  • Professional Skills theme

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

  • Literature reviews

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

  • 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.

  • Learning and Study theme

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

Popular resources

  • Critical thinking

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

  • Time management

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

  • Plagiarism

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

  • Harvard referencing

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

  • 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.

  • Mathematical Operations

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