Skills for Learning

Skills for Learning > Academic reading and writing

Academic reading and writing

5 Steps to Essay Success

Got an essay to write? Don't know where to start? This eLearning will take you through the 5 main steps to essay success.

Format: eLearning


Doing a Literature Review

This eLearning will take you through the different stages of doing a literature review.

Format: eLearning


Proof Reading

You may think that proofreading is just a ten minute job which involves checking for typos and spelling mistakes. It is so much more than that, and done properly, can mean the difference between a pass and a fail. This guide explains all.

Format: Study Guide | Duration: 15 minutes


Reading and note-taking

You will spend a lot of your study time reading about your subject and taking notes from books, lectures, journals and other sources. This is a guide to how to get the most from your reading and notes.

Format: Study Guide | Duration: 15 minutes


Note-taking

Note-taking is one of the most important early skills that you will need at University. Learn some simple techniques in this short video.

Format: Video | Duration: 8 minutes | Contains audio


Spelling and apostrophes

There are many words in the English language which are commonly misspelt. It’s important to check your spelling and to be accurate in your academic work, and when applying for jobs. This guide will show you how to avoid some of the most common errors.

Format: Study guide | Duration: 10 minutes


Writing your assignment

An assignment is something you’ll be asked to produce as part of your course, and is usually assessed. There are many different types of assignment, so make sure you understand which kind you have been told to do. This guide will give you some tips to help you get started.

Format: Study guide | Duration: 10 minutes


Critical analysis of a journal article

During your time at university, it is likely that you will be asked to critique or analyse a journal article. But what does this actually mean? In order to write a critical analysis of an article, you need to take several things into consideration - this guide will take you through them.

Format: Study guide | Duration: 10 minutes


Critical Analysis

This eLearning will introduce you to critical analysis and help you to understand the difference between descriptive and critical writing.

Format: eLearning | Duration: 15 minutes | Contains audio


Reflective writing

It is likely that you will be asked to write at least one reflective essay. Many students find this difficult, because reflective writing is quite different from other assignments and discussing your own feelings and performance in academic work can be tricky at first. This help guide will take you through the process of producing a reflective essay.

Format: Study guide | Duration: 10 minutes


Reviewing literature and paraphrasing

Whether it is part of a larger assignment, or a standalone piece in itself, a literature review covers the process of reading, reviewing, and evaluating a selection of sources about a particular topic. You are being asked to look at what other authors have said and to analyse and assess their contributions. This guide will help you to get started.

Format: Study guide | Duration: 10 minutes


Business Style Reports

Writing a business-style report is different from writing an essay. Reports are based on a style of writing that you would usually use in business and are set out in a more structured, concise manner. This guide outlines some requirements and things you should consider when writing a business style report.

Format: Study guide | Duration: 10 minutes


Writing at Masters level

Doing a Master’s degree involves a lot of aspects which will be familiar from a Bachelor’s degree programme, but there are some crucial differences. This is a guide to how to approach a Master’s degree and the work involved, which will highlight the areas that Master’s students should be concentrating on in order to succeed.

Format: Study guide | Duration: 10 minutes


Writing your dissertation

Writing a dissertation is a long but often very rewarding process in which you will produce a piece of work looking in depth at an area of your subject. A dissertation is longer than a normal assignment, although a lot of the lessons you have learned in your time at university will still be relevant when researching, writing and redrafting. A dissertation is a chance to show off your knowledge and research. This guide has been written to help you get the most from your dissertation.

Format: Study guide | Duration: 10 minutes


Formatting your dissertation

Formatting a large structured document like a dissertation or thesis is a demanding task, and many students find it more time consuming and stressful than they anticipated. This handbook focuses on a number of Microsoft Office Word tools which can save you lots of time, allow you to work more effectively and reduce your anxiety levels. This guide assumes a basic knowledge of Word.

Format: Handbook


Writing your research proposal

At some stage in your academic life, it is likely that you will need to produce a research proposal. This guide runs through the various things you will need to include in your proposal.

Format: Study guide | Duration: 10 minutes


Scientific Writing Skills

Writing for scientific purposes calls for precision, clarity and a logical approach. To be able to write effectively you must be able to anticipate the needs of the reader and be able to make what can be a complex area easy to understand. This guide offers guidance on this.

Format: Study guide | Duration: 10 minutes


Scientific Report Writing

A report is the result of an investigation, experiment, or research that presents the findings in one document. You may be asked to write a short report of 1000 words, or you might undertake a research project of 20,000 words (or more). This guide explains how is a report different from an essay and outlines what information you should include.

Format: Study guide | Duration: 10 minutes


Writing a Scientific Paper

As you progress in your studies you may be required to write a scientific paper. This is your opportunity to showcase the research you have carried out and demonstrate your skills as a researcher and writer to potential employers, fellow academics or funding bodies. This guide will show you how to plan your approach and have clear focus.

Format: Study guide | Duration: 10 minutes