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Essential skills for academic success

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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Book a 1-1 appointment

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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
  • Trying to format a Powerpoint presentation

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 here: https://bit.ly/library-dropin

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About the 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. 

Maths and Stats

The Maths and Stats team can provide support to students from any course – helping you to develop and gain confidence in your numerical skills, and helping you choose and use the best tools for your studies and research.

Digital Skills

The Digital Team will help you get the best from our digital tools – such as how to format a long document in Word, how to automatically produce a table of contents, and how to organise your data in a spreadsheet.