Academic skills workshops

Academic Skills workshops are primarily delivered within the curriculum as tailored workshops meeting the needs of the Academic programme or module. We occasionally offer workshops and drop-in sessions within the Main Library. These will be advertised here. Please note that although our drop-in sessions have concluded for this academic year, our appointment service is available year round.

Assessment support week May 2022

The Academic & Digital Skills Centre ran a number of online workshops and drop-ins throughout assessment support weeks on topics such as academic writing, critical thinking and preparing for exams and revision. Recordings of the sessions can be found on the Assessment Support Hub.

Workshop videos

Learning at university

A really important aspect of studying at university is independent learning. This video gives a quick introduction to what it involves.

Returning to education

For mature students or those returning to education after some time. This video will help you to better understand what’s expected at university, explore strategies for studying alongside other commitments and get to grips with online learning. 

If you are a new student, you might find the resources on the University welcome pages useful.

Preparing for online assessments

This workshop shared strategies for approaching online assessment particularly exam and revision skills.

Online learning tools

This workshop introduced some of the digital tools that can aid with various aspects of study. Some of the tools covered include Office365, OneNote, Whiteboard and Focus Keeper.

Engaging with feedback

This workshop explored strategies for getting the most out of your feedback so that you can improve your next assignment.

Introduction to academic writing

This workshop covered some of the essential features of essay writing: introductions, arguments, paragraph structure and signposting.

Advanced essay writing

This workshop covered what good academic writing involves, top tips for essay writing, and an in-depth look at essay writing examples. 

Critical analysis and writing

This workshop explored how to apply critical thinking skills to writing in order to achieve higher marks in assessment.

Managing long documents in Word

This workshop covered how to use the automated features in Word to make creating and editing long documents easier and less frustrating. Includes demonstrations of using and editing styles, contents, headers, indexes etc.

Contact us

For Research postgraduate queries (MRes or PhD) please contact libraryresearchskills@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

For any Taught student queries (UG/MA/MSc) please contact asc@contacts.bham.ac.uk

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