Academic skills lectures

Students participating in an interactive lecture

Learn to be an effective student in this series of interactive lectures.

This lecture series is for all students: undergraduate, masters and PhD students. You'll learn about what it means to be a university student, and develop some key academic skills to prepare you for essays and assignments.

Topics covered throughout the year include:

  • The Higher Education context: where are you and why are you here?
  • Academic writing: approaching assignments and writing for assessment
  • Reading and thinking: approaching academic reading and critical thinking
  • Participating in learning: how to get the most out of your studies


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WEEK 3: Reading and thinking

Aims and content

  • approaching academic reading and learning how not to get distracted
  • making reading work for you
  • approaching reading critically
  • note taking and organising reading

Term 2, Week 3 | Wednesday 22 January, 13:00 - 15:00

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WEEK 4: Academic Writing - what it is and how to do it

Aims and content

  • to establish who you are in your work
  • to consider how to approach academic writing assignments
  • to think about the aims of academic writing and writing for assessment
  • academic writing criteria
  • the process writing approach

Term 2, Week 4 | Wednesday 29 January, 13:00 - 15:00

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