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Use what you read in your work

You have found some information for your assignment. What do you need to do next so you can start planning and writing it? The next sections provide basic guidance and templates to help you with:

  • understanding your essay title

  • note taking and reading techniques

  • basics of academic writing such as paraphrasing

If you need more detailed guidance please visit the skills centre website.  

Partner students: you can will also find help on study and writing skills from your college library.

Below you will find a link to the Skills Centre, here you can find information on how to work on specific academic skills including reading and writing. You can also book on to sessions which can either be in groups or one-to-one. Within these, you can ask questions regarding a range of skills and resources.

The Skills Centre

As well as the Skills sessions linked below, you can also improve your study skills online using Skills4StudyCampus

Based on the work of Stella Cottrell, this site contains modules that will help you discover how you can improve your academic skills.

There are modules that will help you to pinpoint the skills you need to work on and the resources you can use to do this.

If you feel you just want to focus on one element of a module, this is absolutely fine, you can access Skills4StudyCampus below

How to login on Skills4StudyCampus

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The Skills Centre

Attend a Skills Session

Attend a Skills Session

Here, you will find information on the sessions that are available including: interactive workshops, forums and one to one sessions. These can support you with a range of skills, including referencing and presentations. The coloured boxes below will also provide you with more information on how to book these. 

To find out what other services are available, click through the gallery

Feedback on your work

Feedback on your work

There are various ways that you can get feedback on your work.

Written feedback is available through Studiosity – this can be accessed through Blackboard (see page for instructions.)

Work can be also be discussed at a writing forum.

Find Skills Resources

Find Skills Resources

This page includes several resources on a variety of topics, including:

Starting University - To guide you on what to expect from your study.
Reading – Supporting you in learning techniques to make the most of academic reading.
Writing – Developing your writing, tips from how to plan your structure, to proofreading work.
Referencing – Putting what you have read into your writing and using the APA system to reference this.

Talk to an adviser today

Talk to an adviser

There are 2 options for you, if you wish to talk to an adviser to discuss developing your academic skills

Drop ins

30-minute appointments are available to all students. They can be booked through Unihub each morning and are available at both campuses and over the phone the page will give you all the information on how both booking options can be carried out. You can access one appointment per month.

One to One tutorials

As mentioned in previous sections, these are available to those with learning difference

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Take the Skills Check

Follow this link to take the Skills Centre's 'Skills Check' to see which of your academic writing skills you may need to develop further

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