Study Skills Toolkit Weblinks

To view each resource click on the links below:

Learning Skills

Wikipedia - Brainstorming
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brainstorming.
An overview of the techniques used in brainstorming.

University of Southampton Academic Skills
http://www.academic-skills.soton.ac.uk/index.htm
A comprehensive set of study skills tools.

Study Skills Self-help Information
http://www.ucc.vt.edu/academic_support_students/study_skills_information/
Reference material and Powerpoint slides on different study skills from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Oxford Brookes-Time Management
http://cs3.brookes.ac.uk/student/services/health/time.html
A guide to managing your time effectively.

Gathering information and using the library
http://www.academic-skills.soton.ac.uk/studytips/gather_info.htm
Tips for using a university library system effectively provided by the Unversity of Southampton.

University College Berkeley: Teaching library internet workshops
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/FindInfo.html
How to get the most from your internet use.

Search Engine Watch: Search engine tutorials
http://searchenginewatch.com/2156611
Useful information on using search engines.

Google.com: Advanced search made easy
http://www.google.com/help/refinesearch.html
How to use Google effectively.

Aston University - How to revise
http://www1.aston.ac.uk/current-students/studentsupport/studyskills/howtorevise/
Revision tips from Aston University.

Harvard university - how to work in groups
http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/html/icb.topic58474/wigintro.html
Six online handouts with suggestions as to how to work effectively in groups.

Improving your memory
http://www.studygs.net/memory/
Useful guide to memory techniques.

Managing your stress and anxiety
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/stress.html
A website dealing with aspects of stress management provided by Dartmouth College.

Dr. Helen Barrett's Electronic Portfolios
http://electronicportfolios.org/
A rich source of information about electronic portfolio development from one of the world's leading authorities in this area.

About e-Portfolios
http://portfolio.psu.edu/
A general introduction to e-portfolios and examples of students' e-portfolios provided by Penn State University, USA.

Association of Graduate Recruiters
http://www.agr.org.uk
A website providing information about what kind of skills graduate recruiters look for.

 

 

 

 

Academic Writing Skills

University of Southampton: Getting started with academic skills
http://www.studyskills.soton.ac.uk/studytips/write_essay.htm
A guide to academic writing and assignment writing.

Academic writing: organising the answer
http://www.uefap.co.uk/writing/writfram.htm
Using English for Academic Purposes (UEfAP) Comprehensive reference and practice material provided by the University of Hertfordshire.

Exeter University: A guide to the stages of writing an essay
http://education.exeter.ac.uk/dll/studyskills/essays.htm
A breakdown of the various stages of essay writing.

Presenting Facts and Opinions
http://carhart.wilderness.net/docs/curriculum/3-2.pdf
A document dealing with the different way of expressing facts and opinions.

Plagiarism test
https://www.indiana.edu/~tedfrick/plagiarism/
A short self-marking test in which you decide whether or not examples of written work are plagiarised provided by Indiana University.

Princeton University: Examples of plagiarism
http://www.princeton.edu/pr/pub/integrity/pages/plagiarism/
Exploration of plagiarism including source paragraphs and essay extracts illustrating acceptable or unacceptable practice.

Paraphrase: write it in your own words
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/research/r_paraphr.html
Practice exercises in paraphrasing with sample answers provided by Purdue University.

ABC of quotations and your own words
http://studymore.org.uk/copy.htm
A guide on referencing provided by Middlesex University.

Harvard style of referencing
http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1206008
An explanation of how to use the Harvard referencing system.

Citing references
http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/library/citing_references/citing_refs_main.html
A comprehensive overview of how to cite references correctly provided by the University of Bournemouth.

Online Materials giving advice on how to improve your writing
http://www.essex.ac.uk/myskills/skills/writing/default.asp
Study skills material focusing on the areas that are important in academic writing, provided by the University of Essex.

Hit Parade of Errors in Style, Grammar and Punctuation
http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/style-and-editing/hit-parade-of-errors
Useful reference material on proofreading for common errors provided by the University of Toronto.

Plymouth University: Writing a conclusion
http://www2.plymouth.ac.uk/millbrook/rsources/litrev/lrconc.htm
A guide to writing essay conclusions.

Plagiarism: What it is and how to recognize and avoid it
http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml
Useful reference material with examples provided by the University of Indiana.

Avoiding Plagiarism
http://www.uefap.com/writing/plagiar/plagiar.htm
Information and exercises to help you avoid plagiarism provided by the University of Hertfordshire

 

 

 

 

Reading and Critical Thinking Skills

Strategies for efficient reading
http://unilearning.uow.edu.au/reading/readin_1.html
Practice in using different reading strategies provided by the University Wollongong.

How users read on the web
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/9710a.html
A detailed analysis of how reading on-screen is different from reading paper-based material.

Speed reading test online
http://www.readingsoft.com/
Material to help you test your reading speed.

Speed reading techniques
http://english.glendale.cc.ca.us/methods.html
A range of techniques to help you read faster provided by Glendale Community College.

Critical reading
http://unilearning.uow.edu.au/reading/readin_2.html
Reference and practice material on reading critically provided by the University of Wollongong.

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html
Useful advice on how to evaluate web-based information provided by the University of California, Berkeley.

Note-taking skills from lectures and reading
http://www.education.ex.ac.uk/dll/studyskills/note_taking.PDF
Useful guidance on reading and note-taking from the Department of Lifelong Learning at the University of Exeter.

Reading and note-taking for essays
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/Users/ssfj3/study1.html
Helpful information about how to approach reading and note-taking from the University of Sussex.

Reading and remembering academic text
http://www.canberra.edu.au/studyskills/learning/reading
Practical advice on how to remember what you read for your academic studies provided by the University of Canberra.

 

 

 

 

Aspects of Academic Language

The Academic Word List (AWL)
http://simple.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Academic_word_list
A resource developed by Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand which can help you identify vocabulary more commonly found in academic written contexts.

 

 

 

 

Academic Speaking, Listening and Note-taking

Giving an oral presentation
http://www.canberra.edu.au/studyskills/learning/oral
A practical approach to preparing an oral presentation provided by the University of Canberra.

Palgrave Macmillan Study Skills Audio Downloads
http://www.palgrave.com/skills4study/mp3s.asp
Practise your listening and note-taking skills using these audios files on exam skills and critical thinking, as well as a range of other topics.

Because netiquette matters
http://www.netmanners.com/
An introduction to manners and style for emails and other forms of online communication.

 

 

 

 

Dictionaries

Dictionary.com
http://www.dictionary.com
Comprehensive and easy to use dictionary online.

Alphadictionary.com
http://www.alphadictionary.com/index.shtml
An online dictionary that searches through 992 online dictionaries at once. A dictionary tool that searches for your chosen word through a massive database of dictionaries and provides several definitions from the different dictionaries available.

Online dictionary and translation service
http://www.dictionarylink.com/
A dictionary with a translation service included.

FOLDOC
http://foldoc.org/
An online dictionary of computing terms.