This page provides links to websites aimed at students for whom English is a second language or anyone who wants to brush up on their English language skills.
A range of interactive tests and quizzes designed to help with grammar, vocabulary and reading.
The Antimoon method of efffective English. These tips and resources are aimed at improving your written English and spoken English.
A site aimed at people who have English as a second language with resources to help with written and spoken English.
Check the meanings of the words you read and write and extend your vocabulary, with the Oxford English Online Dictionary.
Is your writing getting repetitious? Do you need an alternative word that means the same thing?
This page provides links to useful websites that will help you to improve your basic maths skills, for use in your courses and assignments.
This site, provided by the Open University, gives help and advice on:
Maths Centre has a range of maths related resources for various subjects such as Business, Health, Economics and Engineering :
Explore the Mathcentre web site.
BBC Bitesize is a GCSE revision site which is none-the-less a useful place to brush up on your maths skills. It has a number of sections dealing with:
At the start of every year, new students come to the Study Skills Centres worried about how they will keep up in lectures. This page provides fact sheets that will help you improve your listening and note taking skills, to make sure you get the best out of lectures and other similar situations.
This fact sheet taken from Ralph Nicholl's The Supervisor's Handbook provides tips for avoiding 10 bad listening habits:
Download and read 10 bad listening habits
Some more tips, in list form, for getting the most from your lectures such as:
For more information, download Learning from listening
The art of making notes in a lecture is to note down only the important facts (see the fact sheets above). You can also speed you note-making up by using symbols and abbreviations such as:
Download the Symbols and Abbreviations sheet below for more details to make your note making faster and consistent
This page provides fact sheets and also links to useful websites that will help you to improve your reading skills and your note-making from reading.
This site, provided by the BBC, has modules, designed to help you in your reading skills, on subjects such as:
This fact sheet will introduce you to SQ3R - a system for deep reading and note-making. This is ideal for preparing for assignments, revising or just getting to know your subjects well. SQ3R stands for:
This system really helps you to understand and retain what you read.
When using sources to make notes of material be included in an assignment, it is important to record the information for in-text citations and the reference list entries. This will save a lot of work later on, when you may find yourself trying to find the information you need to complete your referencing. You can carry this checklist with you as a reminder. It covers the six most common sources and can be used in conjunction with the main referencing systems:
This page provides information, useful links to websites and resources to help you improve your research skills.
iPROGRESS is a set of online tutorials and downloadable guides to help you in the following research skills areas:
To find out more and to access the tutorials and guides, log on to the portal and go to the My learning page. You will find iProgress in the Library support portlet.
At university, time is perhaps the most precious commodity. These fact sheets and work sheets will help you to manage your time more efficiently.
Time management suggestions
This fact sheet makes suggestions for keeping:
Download Time management suggestions below.
Time management - how do you spend your time?
Use this work sheet to explore how you use your time:
Download Time management - how do you spend your time? below.
Time management key points
This is a condensed list of the key time management tips:
Download Time management key points below.
These fact sheets and guides will help you to develop your exam techniques, from managing stress and worry, through exam preparation to the exam istself.
This fact sheet offers exam advice on the following areas:
Download Coping successfully with exams below.
This work sheet offers you the chance to work through your anxiety issues and to turn anxiety into a positive force:
Download Managing anxiety in revision and exams below.
This fact sheet will help you to prepare for your exams:
Download Preparing for exams below.
There is a vast selection of books available in the library relating to study skills, many of which are subject specific, but the following are particularly useful and very accessible.
Cottrell, S., (2013) The Study Skills Handbook, 4th Edition, Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 1137289252, 9781137289254.
Cottrell, S., (2013) The Study Skills Handbook. Simplified Chinese Language Edition. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 023036246X, 9780230362468.
McMillan, K., (2011) Study Skills for International Students. Prentice Hall. ISBN 0273731157, 9780273731153.
Moore. S., et al (2010) The Ultimate Study Skills Handbook. McGraw-Hill/Open University Press. ISBN 0335234429, 9780335234424.
Pears, R., & Shields, G., (2016) Cite them right: the essential referencing guide.10th Revised and Expanded Edition. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 1137585048, 9781137585042.