Selected Links on Academic Skills


Copies of the books listed below are available from the University library. There are also links to advice for students at other institutions which you may find useful.



Northledge A. (1990) The Good Study Guide. Milton Keynes, Open University Press

Cottrell S. (1999) The Study Skills Handbook. Basingstoke, Palgrave

Turner, J. (2002) How to Study. London, Sage Press

Rowntree D. (1998) Learn how to study. London, Warner Books

and for specialised areas of study:

Dunleavy P. (1986) Studying for a Degree in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Basingstoke, Mcmillan.

Northledge A et al. (1997) The Sciences Good Study Guide. Milton Keynes, Open University Press

Chambers E, Northledge A. (1997) The Arts Good Study Guide. Milton Keynes, Open University Press.

Bonnet A. (2001) How to argue. Harlow, Pearson Education


This web site from Palgrave offers free advice, tips, games and downloadable MP3 files - as well as links to the many books on study skills that they publish.


College Student Study Tips
A well-organised set of resources from the US that covers time management, note taking, study habits, writing skills, research, test-taking and presentation skills.


Study Skills for Scientists and Engineers
Useful advice from Martin Greenhow (Brunel University) with examples and plenty of tips, including set work, experiments and presentations.


OU Learner's Guide - Learning Skills
Advice from the Open University on exams, selected links and SAFARI - an online guide to Skills in accessing, finding and reviewing information


Open University Study Skills
The OU have also put together a useful set of links to study skills resources that other institutions have created.


Avoiding Plagiarism
Excellent interactive guides from the University of Leicester - the examples have been tailored to specific disciplines, so click on the subject closest to your own.


An Interactive Referencing Guide
A comprehensive guide to Harvard APA, Vancouver and Oscola (Law) citation from the University of Portsmouth.


Find out about your preferred learning style
Take this quick online quiz and get useful feedback about your preferred learning style and tips on relevant effective study techniques. It is known as the VARK system since it assesses your strengths in four areas: Visual, Aural, Read/Write and Kinesthetic.

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