Study skills

HEDC building front door

At uni, you might find that not only do you have a large amount of work to do in a short time, but the competing demands of work, family, social life, and sport are hard to manage. The right skills will prepare you for the challenge!

Improving your reading and writing will help you not just while you’re studying, but in almost any career you choose. Or we can help if you need to learn some specific skills that are required for your course.

  • Writing: master the tricks of the English language
  • Reading: understand what you read….the first time you read it!
  • Note-taking: make lectures count
  • Researching: find the info you need and use it wisely
  • Referencing: learn about referencing styles and avoid plagiarism

We also have some more general resources and workshops (below) that will help you plan your studies and become a more effective learner. Or you could consider starting your own study group.


Managing your learning (PDF, 84KB)

A study guide designed to help you discover your particular learning style, improve your learning strategies, and get more out of studying, as well as tips on how to stay motivated.

Time management (PDF, 539KB)

Some basic tips on how to get yourself organised and make the most of your time.

Balancing commitments (PDF, 562KB)

Some helpful tips on how you can accommodate all your study, social work and domestic responsibilities.

Weekly time planner (PDF, 179KB)

A useful template for planning your weekly tasks.


For more information, and to register, see the SLC workshops page.

How to use your time effectively as a student

In this workshop you will develop a workable study plan for the semester. The workshop covers general principles of effective time use and time management: goal-setting and prioritising, identifying obstructions to good time management, and practical time-management strategies.

Study groups

Working in groups is one of the more effective ways to study. It also is a great way to keep motivated and get to know other students. The Student Learning Centre staff can offer advice on how to organise study groups with your peers.

We also run PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) for some first year papers. Find out more on the PASS sessions page.

Forming a small study group (PDF, 549KB)

There are no set rules about how you should or should not form a group, however this tip sheet offers you plenty of ideas on how you can make your study group work.

The ABC of study groups – how to make them work (PDF, 521KB)

Guidelines to help create and maintain effective study groups.