Study Skills Toolkit
The Study Skills Toolkit

The Study Skills Toolkit

The Study Skills Toolkit is a comprehensive set of interactive learning resources for developing students' academic study skills for higher or further education. It comprises over 90 items (70+ hours of study) and can be used by students for independent study or by teachers in the classroom. It is aimed at English first-language speakers. It is available for licence by institutions and can be delivered over the Web to students at a particular institution or through a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) such as Blackboard or Moodle. It has been licensed since 2005 and has been regularly updated since.

The Study Skills Toolkit consists of five folders. Click on the folder title to see the full list of contents.

  • Understanding learning styles
    Recognising your own approach to study
    Identifying the study skills you need
    The best conditions for learning
    Managing your study time
    A day in the life of a student
    Active and reflective learning practices
    Finding and evaluating sources on the internet
    Planning how to meet your workload
    Learning logs and reflective journals
    Prioritising study tasks
    Using search engines for academic purposes
    Setting your own goals and targets
    Remembering what you learn
    Preparing for exams
    E-portfolios and PDP
    Working with other people
    Using tutor feedback to improve your work
    Understanding stress
    Managing stress

  • Assignments and academic writing
    Understanding essay titles
    Brainstorming and managing an academic writing task
    Structure in academic writing
    Improving your paragraphs with topic sentences
    Supporting written statements
    Expressing fact and opinion in writing
    Creating cohesion in your writing
    The role of the introduction to an essay or report
    Understanding plagiarism
    Identifying plagiarism and avoiding poor practice
    Avoiding plagiarism
    Introduction to quoting and paraphrasing
    Using quotations
    Using paraphrase in writing
    A strategy for effective paraphrasing and summarising
    The role of a thesis statement
    Revising your written work
    Introduction to redrafting and editing
    Editing paragraphs for coherence and unity
    Understanding conclusions
    Writing an effective conclusion
    Proofreading a text
    Proofreading for common mistakes
    The details needed for entries in a reference list
    Organisation and order in reference lists
    Referencing using APA or Harvard style
    Presentation of written work
    Recognising the elements of a dissertation

  • Introduction to reading skills
    Reading and note-taking
    Reading and critical thinking
    Preparing to read for your course
    Good practice in note-taking to avoid plagiarism
    Introduction to scanning
    Scanning for specific information
    Reading to identify main points
    Prediction strategies for reading
    Skim reading and its uses
    Skim reading practice
    Identifying a writer's purpose
    Introduction to speed reading
    Evaluating sources
    Recognising functional academic language
    Analysing the elements of an argument
    Critical reading using part of a case study

  • Finding clear and concise language
    Introduction to academic register
    Recognising style features of academic writing
    Choosing the right vocabulary for academic writing
    Using abstract language precisely
    Reviewing punctuation
    Using the comma
    Using colons and semi-colons
    Reviewing the sentence
    Reporting verbs for academic writing
    Using appropriate levels of complexity and formality
    Producing complex sentences
    Using noun phrases to be concise
    Writing sentences with complex noun phrases

  • How to take good notes while listening
    Getting the most out of lectures
    Improving general note-taking skills
    Features of lecturing style
    Taking part in seminars and group tutorials
    Presenting in seminars
    Speaking in an academic context
    Communicating online in an academic context
    Distinguishing useful detail in lectures
    Dealing with unfamiliar terms when listening to lectures
    Identifying key points in a lecture
    Listening for main points and summarising

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Our Toolkits use HTML5 and therefore are accessible from PCs, laptops and tablets.