Academic skills

Academic skills

Studying for your degree can be challenging and exciting as you discover new knowledge and develop new skills, such as critical thinking. However, there are also times when you may feel outside your comfort zone and in need of some help.

We offer help to all students with the following skills. 

  • Information and research skills
    Half the battle with studying for assignments is knowing the best way to find out about the subject you'll be writing or presenting about. Being able to research properly involves using many different techniques and tools. We offer a wide range of training events and workshops on topics such as referencing, using Library OneSearch, and looking for specific types of information. You can also ask at the Information Desk, or book an appointment with one of our Learning and Teaching Librarians.
  • Study skills
    Managing your time, organising your reading, and critical thinking are essential skills both at University and in the outside world. Learn how to study smarter by picking up some helpful hints and tips. Come along to one of our study support workshops to find out more.
  • Academic writing
    Writing essays, reports and dissertations can be challenging, especially if you've not done a lot of it, or if English isn't your first language. You can call into the library or book an appointment with a Learning and Teaching Librarian, Learning and Teaching Adviser, or a Student Mentor. We also offer workshops during term time where you'll get the chance to find out more about writing, and get the chance to ask questions and try out some new techniques.
  • Maths
    A surprising number of subjects need you to have a knowledge of mathematics, such as Psychology, Economics, and Chemistry. You can book an appointment with a Maths and Stats Tutor, or a Student Mentor. We also run some maths related workshops, including various software packages such as SPSS and Minitab, during term time.

We also have plenty of useful information, including guides and online tutorials, all of which can be found via the NOW Help link at the top of the NOW homepage.

Further support

Skills for Success
A comprehensive guide to all academic skills support on offer at the University. 

English language support
International students seeking one-to-one writing support can book an appointment by email, or by visiting or contacting the Language Centre in the DICe building on the City Campus for further information.

Dyslexia support
The Dyslexia Support Team can be contacted by email, or alternatively visit Student Support Services at any of their campus offices.

Mental health
If your studies are being affected by a mental health issue, please contact the Mental Health Team via email, or call +44 (0)115 848 2085 for advice and support.



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