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Academic Skills Workshops: Homepage

Using this Guide

Book onto an Academic skills workshop or work through the materials in the tabs above at your own pace. Each tab contains a video version of an Academic skills workshop with links to more resources to help you. 

Take our Academic skills audit to find resources appropriate to your individual learning needs.

If you can't find the workshop you need, please check the tabs above for workshop recordings, explore the resources in the Academic Skills Hub or contact us at

Upcoming Workshops

These workshops are a mixture of on campus (in person) and online. Where workshops are to be delivered online, you will be contacted before the workshop with the details of how to join the session.

Academic Skills Workshops

Academic skills workshops include (2023-24):

Academic integrity and plagiarism

  • Academic integrity and plagiarism

Academic Writing

  • Academic style
  • Assignment planning
  • Cohesive writing
  • Editing and refining your work
  • Synthesising sources
  • Writing introductions and conclusions

Assessment success

  • Revision and preparation for exams
  • Understanding your assignment brief

Critical thinking

  • Critical thinking techniques
  • Reflective writing

Digital skills

  • Using Microsoft Office applications effectively

English language skills

  • Developing your vocabulary
  • Effective paraphrasing and summarising
  • Effective reading strategies
  • Seminar practice
  • Sentence and paragraph structure
  • Speaking in academic contexts

Grammar and vocabulary

  • Problem sentences (4 types)

Healthy study habits

  • Staying motivated
  • Time management


  • Maths: Fundamentals
  • Medication calculations

Reference management

  • BU Harvard referencing
  • EndNote Web (PC) / (mac)

Research strategies

  • Literature searching
  • Reading and note taking

Speaking with confidence

  • Presentation skills
  • Speaking in academic contexts

Statistical analysis

  • Using SPSS

Studying at university

  • Listening to lectures