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 may have a Canvas site to accompany some of your modules. This online resource may include discussion forums, quizzes and links to further reading that can assist your learning.

Active learning strategies 

Active learning strategies can help you to focus on your topic. Check out question as you read, active note-making strategies, active revision strategies and this handout: 

Active Learning [PDF 305.14KB]


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