If you're new to university or about to progress to a new level of study, this guide includes tips, information and guidance on how to develop, refresh and strengthen your academic skills.
No matter what stage you are at in your studies, it is useful to begin by reflecting on your existing strengths, and identifying where you can develop your skills further. You can do this by:
Taking the Skills Check – a quick 10 minute survey which provides personalised recommendations on resources to develop your skills.
Watching our screencast for a quick step by step video guide on how to reflect on your strengths.
Or, you can download and complete this quiz to discover how you learn best:
If you are just starting at University or about to progress to a new level of your course, developing and refreshing your core academic study skills can help you feel prepared, and boost the quality of your work.
Check out our Study Guides on the following core academic skills topics:
We also cover these topics in our screencasts available via our YouTube channel.
Studying at University involves some new forms of learning, teaching and assessment. Check out our infographic below for more information on these:
You may like to take a look at the following books for an insight into online learning
Making the most of feedback:
Whatever stage you are at with your studies, making the most of your feedback is the key way to reflect on and improve your academic work (and subsequently, your grades!). Take a look at the Feedback Cycle below to understand how to do this:
Receiving feedback on your work
Although you will receive feedback through assessments on your course, you can access feedback on your academic writing in-progress via:
Studiosity (an online writing feedback service available via Blackboard)
A Writing Forum at the Skills Centre.
Guide to Blackboard
This screencast talks through how to get started with Blackboard
If you are new to university, or returning from a break: The following screencasts provide a useful overview of key academic skills and tips for studying effectively:
If you are starting a new year of your undergraduate studies: Our ‘Levelling Up’ screencasts can help you understand what to expect, and provide tips and guidance on how to boost your work to the required level:
If you are studying a postgraduate taught degree (such as a Master’s degree):
We run a Writing Gym series where you can learn new approaches to writing with others.
If you are completing a Doctoral degree: Our Doctoral Skills webinars offer opportunities to expand your knowledge on key aspects of studying at doctoral level:
Critical Writing for your Doctorate
Reading and Synthesis for your Doctorate
Editing Techniques for your Doctorate
If you are completing a Doctoral degree: The Sheffield Hallam Doctoral School also offers a wide range of training and development sessions and events.
The tips, information and advice included in this Study Guide of course takes time to implement. Our Study Guide on Time Management covers various strategies for managing your time effectively.
Additionally, the below resources are useful to organise your time when studying, and working on assignments:
Academic integrity is about ensuring that any evidence used in your writing is referenced and acknowledged.
If you are new to APA Referencing, take a look at the guide here.
Please see the following information and guidance on academic integrity and plagiarism: