Study Skills Resources

Useful links to online teaching resources from a range of educational institutions and online educational platforms.

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Open access academic resources

These are free courses provided by the OU and include:

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Essay and report writing skills

  • Understand what writing an assignment involves
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand the functions of essays and reports
  • Demonstrate writing skills.

Developing good academic practices

  • Demonstrate knowledge of good academic practice and how to build it into your studies
  • Understand how to avoid inappropriate or bad academic practice
  • Show knowledge of techniques on how to avoid plagiarism.

Extending and developing your thinking skills

  • Feel more confident about studying
  • Understand any grades received and how to improve them
  • Overcome problems with reading and writing
  • Make the most of the opportunities a higher education course provides for developing skills

Key skill assessment unit:

information literacy

  • Demonstrate a strategy for using skills in information literacy over an extended period of time
  • Monitor progress and adapt the strategy as necessary, to achieve the quality of outcomes required
  • Evaluate this overall strategy and present outcomes from your work, including citations and a bibliography.

Being a student (Multiple Recourses)

  • Get acquainted with student life with our related articles, courses, insights into the student experience, help and advice, real student research, events information and community news.

Succeed with learning

  • Understand how learning takes place every day
  • Appreciate the qualities, skills and knowledge you have already
  • Know better how to use computers for learning
  • Understand how reflection and feedback can help you make the most of your learning
  • Discuss some important theories about learning
  • Develop a learning action plan to help you move forward.

Studying with us helps to develop many skills, and this range of information will help you reach your full potential.


  • Preparing assignments
  • Types of assignment
  • Writing in your own words

Revising and exams

  • Exam techniques
  • Managing stress
  • Revision
  • Revision techniques

Core skills

  • Critical reading techniques
  • Developing academic English
  • Giving presentations
  • Time management skills

Computing skills for OU study

  • Getting online and searching the web

Ongoing skills

  • Making the most of your learning style
  • Note-taking techniques
  • Postgraduate study skills
  • Strategic study techniques

Study skills for online learning

  • Study tips for online-only modules
  • Making notes online
  • How to make hyperlinks in your documents
  • Working with PDFs (Adobe Reader)
  • Switching between open applications
  • Getting online and searching the web

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  • Writing for University
  • Computing help and support

University of Kent – Student Learning Advisory Service

Resources include:


Workshops & workshop materials

 Learning resources and information

Library & Learning Support provide short videos to support study. These include:

Research skills

  • Academic integrity and plagiarism
  • Referencing guides
  • Literature searching and evaluating information
  • Referencing management software

Academic skills

  • Writing your assignment
  • Being critical
  • Presentations
  • Quick guides

Study skills

  • Using data
  • Proofreading
  • Reading and note making
  • Group work strategies
  • Planning and managing your assignment

Assignments, academic words and meanings

  • What is academic information?
  • Essay
  • Report
  • Dissertation
  • Literature review
  • Plus More!


Health Education England

e-learning for healthcare

Some modules available without OpenAthens registration

Nursing & Midwifery Council – go to – standards > Guidance and supporting information menu

  • Guidance includes:
    • Raising Concerns
    • Social Media
    • Safeguarding

Royal College of Nursing

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) – Select the e-Learning menu

Offers a number of free e-learning courses

Quality improvement in health and social care

Useful resources

Businessballs contains free to use ethical learning and development resources for people and organisations. Useful resources include:

Time management tips

How to Manage Your Time Effectively and Efficiently

Assertiveness and self-confidence

An Introduction to Building Self-Confidence and Assertiveness

 East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Interactive guides and online tutorials:

  • General study skills
  • Information searching
  • Writing assignments, essays and reports
  • Writing dissertations and Masters study
  • Critical reading and writing
  • Critical appraisal
  • Mind-mapping and note-making
  • Presentation skills
  • Academic referencing
  • Revision


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