Skills Hub

Getting the most from your learning


Use the reading lists provided and try to find review articles in relevant journals. As you progress through your degree, you will need to increase and broaden your reading as your learning becomes more independent. See Reading and research


In some subjects the best way to learn is by practising. A computer science student can read about programming but must practise doing it to become a programmer.

Talk to other students

If you are struggling with concepts, other students may be able to explain them to you in a way that you understand. They may also be able to suggest readings that they found useful or raise arguments other than those presented in lectures. When you revise for exams, you can arrange to discuss topics together.

The Student Mentors in your School are a useful source of support.

Seek advice from your tutors

Your tutors have office hours for helping students with academic work. You can book an appointment to ask questions about material covered in the module. Tutors are often willing to look over essay plans or early drafts, or discuss your topic to help you develop your main points.

It is helpful to bring along feedback on your past work, which can help you to improve for future assessments.

Use Canvas

You will have a Canvas site to accompany your modules. Online resources may include discussion forums, quizzes and links to further reading that can assist your learning. Click on all the links and contribute to online discussion forums and activities.

Be an Active learner

Have you ever struggled to concentrate or felt unmotivated by your studies? You’re not alone! Active learning strategies can help you to focus on your topic. Check out question as you read, active note-making strategies and active revision strategies.

Be a reflective learner

Remember everyone learns in different ways. Review your study approach regularly and consider ways in which your approach could be improved.

  • Keep a journal to reflect on things you've learnt
  • Evaluate your own work and identify topics you need to prioritise
  • Reflect on your feedback, both the positive points and those you need to improve

Ultimately, you will know what will work best for you and you will adapt and learn how best to study as you progress.



Use our Active Learning [PDF 305.14KB] worksheet to identify some strategies that you would like to try. 

Use our Academic Skills Checklist [PDF 293KB] to find out what skills are needed for first-year study and which of them you need to develop further.

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