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 tutorials 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.
What you'll find on Skills for Learning
Learn about writing essays and reports; how to reference your sources correctly; what plagiarism is; how to make a mind map; how to read more effectively; what critical thinking is; and test your grammar and spelling.
Learn about why reflection is important in academic study; different ways of reflecting on your experience, such as critical incident analysis; or writing a reflective journal; and different models for structuring reflection.
A collection of our website resources that are especially useful to our international students while studying here.
PDF copies of the timetable for printing can be found on the Workshop and Tutorials page.
- Understanding assignment questions
Learn to analyse assignment questions by deconstructing them into separate components to identify the meaning.
- Time management apps
These highlighted smartphone apps can help you organise your work/studies.
Understand the importance of good punctuation in your academic work and learn some techniques to help you to improve.
- Lanugage learning - Improve your writing skills
Consider how to write for different contexts, effectively use language learning resources, draft in your target language and use feedback to improve your writing.
- Lanugage learning - Developing your reading skills
Use your own knowledge and context clues in addition to specific techniques to read more effectively in your target language.
- Lanugage learning - Developing your speaking skills
Understand the relationships between written words and sound, phonetic systems, sound production in your target language and how to prepare effectively for different speaking situations.
- Organising your study spaces
Improve your study space both at home and elsewhere. Identify what works best for you and learn to make best use of the tools/software available.
- What is reflection
Explains what reflection is, why you may be asked to do it and gives some advice and strategies to help you.
Understand what plagiarism is, why it matters, and what you can do to avoid plagiarism in your work.
- 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.
- "Quote, Unquote"
"Quote, Unquote" is an authoritative source on author-date or 'Harvard' referencing. It contains the details of how to reference many types of sources and also gives advice on how to cite sources in your work.
- Mathematical Operations
Understand the four main mathematical operations, powers and the sequence in which operations should be tackled in calculations.
- The research question
Explores how to take research ideas and form them into 'research questions', 'aims', or 'testable hypotheses'.