Academic Study Skills

The Academic Skills and Mentoring Team runs a series of classes for undergraduates to help you get the grades you really want.

These are classes rather than lectures where you will be expected to complete a range of tasks independently, in pairs or in small groups. The sessions tend to focus on problem solving and are student responsive - we value your input and feedback from students.

There is always a mix of year groups and disciplines so the classes are a positive environment for you to share good ideas, compare different approaches and take a pro-active role in your learning.

Classes run for 50 minutes and you are welcome to attend as many as you like. They are not credit-bearing, but you can gain a certificate in a particular pathway to acknowledge you have attended four sessions on that theme. You can choose to dip in and out of the schedule or sign up to a certificate – you decide.

Here are some of the topics and certificates we offer:

  • Critical Reading and Thinking.
  • Note Taking.
  • Essays – Structuring and Writing.
  • Essays – Descriptive versus Analytical Writing.
  • Independent Learning and Goal Setting.
  • Working in Teams.
  • Motivation.
  • Time Management.
  • Time Management.
  • Note Taking for Revision.
  • Timed Essays.
  • Revision and Exam Tips.
  • Research and Reading.
  • Time Management.
  • Reflective Writing.
  • Avoiding Plagiarism.
  • How to give a Successful Presentation.
  • Preparing your Presentation.
  • Micro Presentations.

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