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Study skills

We've collated all our guidance on how to study.

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Study skills 'how to' guides

Write better essays

How to craft a better essay, including grammar, punctuation and structure tips.

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Take effective notes

Five simple tips to take effective notes in a lecture.

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Mind map

How to use mind maps to revolutionise your note-taking.

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Develop critical thinking

The ability to think critically is a key skill for academic success.

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Make the most of your library

As soon as you can familiarise yourself with your library, the better. 

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Search for information

Being able to search for useful information is one of the key skills that will improve your marks.

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Survive your viva

Make things easier for yourself by taking control and preparing as much as you can.

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Learn from work experience

Workplace experience will complement your academic studies by providing another way of learning outside the classroom.

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Overcome the challenge of being a mature student

Discover strategies to help you get back into study. 

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Publish with us

As signatories of DORA, we believe passionately in publishing research that makes a difference in the real world. 

Watch our video to see how we can help you achieve real-world impact through interdisciplinarity, open research and going beyond the traditional article. 

We want to work with you on our joint mission to leave the world a better place than we found it. Together we can make a real impact.