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Essential Skills Portal: Home

Welcome to the Essential Skills for Academic Success portal: the home of skills development at Sheffield Hallam University.

Use this site to explore and book sessions, opportunities and 1-1 appointments to build and develop your skills for academic success.

Featured sessions this week (Feb 22nd-26th):
Tues 23rd: Notetaking with Audio Notetaker webinar, 3pm Book
Wed 24th: Library Virtual Drop-Ins, 4-6pm Join the drop-in room
Thurs 26th: Advanced Critical Writing webinar, 11am Book

View the full calendar of events this week in Unihub.

Students working together on a group writing task. Click to view and book a group session.

Book a session
Explore the calendar and book an online group session or writing forum.


A student talking to a tutor in a 1-1. Click to view the 1-1 appointment and drop-in schedule.

Talk to an advisor
Book a 1-1 appointment or attend a drop-in session.


A student editing their work. Click for information on how to get feedback on your writing.

Get feedback on my work
Information on writing forums and using the Studiosity service. 

A student working at a computer in a shared study space. Click to access online resources.

Explore online study materials
For links to online resources, eBooks, screencasts and interactive study tools.


Stacks of books with annotations.

Academic Writing and Reading
Build reading, planning and critical writing skills for a range of assignments.


A citation list from a journal article.

Referencing skills
Online webinars and in-depth guides to build referencing skills.


Textbooks on library shelves. Click for sessions on research and information skills.

Research and Information skills
Develop your skills in information searching and research.


Students wearing headphones in a language lab.

Academic English
Build your confidence and proficiency in academic writing, reading and speaking.


A close up of a monthly schedule.

Independent Learning
Build strategies to become an effective, independent learner.

Students working at computers with technical equipment.

Digital and technology skills
Prepare for online learning and make the most of digital tools and software.

Student writing calculations on a whiteboard. Click for sessions on working with numbers.

Working with numbers
Build confidence in Maths, Statistics, statistical software and financial skills.

A close up of a smiling student volunteer. Click for sessions on personal development.

Personal effectiveness
Expand your skills with sessions in leadership, money skills and more.