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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

What's new?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Learning and Study theme

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

  • Dissertation proposals

    Discover how to write structured proposal for a dissertation.

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.

  • Critical thinking

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

  • The research process

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

  • The benefits of reflection

    An introduction to reflection. Explains why it is useful to reflect and why you may be asked to do it while at University.

  • 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.