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Essential Skills Portal: Academic writing and reading

Academic writing and reading.

Explore the sessions, 1-1s and resources that can help you to build your academic writing and reading skills.

Use the sections below to find and book online sessions on academic and critical writing, including sessions that focus on specific assignment types, including dissertations, literature reviews and reflective writing.

Want to perfect your APA referencing skills? You can attend an introductory session to learn the basics of APA before visiting the online referencing guide, for information and examples on how to reference almost any source.

Online sessions - Writing skills

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Online sessions - for specific types of assignment

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Online sessions - Reading skills

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Virtual drop-ins

Do you have a quick question about your studies or research?

  • Searching for information about your assignment topic
  • Structuring your references
  • Starting to plan your essay
  • Looking to develop your critical writing
  • Choosing the correct tool for statistical analysis
  • Developing your research skills

Come along to our virtual drop-in sessions – instant answers to all your questions, all in one place!

No need to book - just drop in by going to: 

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About the drop-in team:

Academic Skills 

Advisers available to help you improve your academic writing skills – to help you understand how to interpret assignment titles and structure your work.  They will be able to help you plan your project and manage your time, alongside ensuring you are able to think and write critically. 

Library & Information Skills 

Librarians will be on hand to help you with searching specialist databases, finding relevant information and help you with your referencing style and techniques. 

Stats support

The Stats team can provide support to students from any course – helping you to understand statistical data and use statistical software tools in your studies and research projects.