Study Skills

Improve, develop and succeed in your academic work.

Having trouble with an assignment? Not sure where to start or finding the process difficult? Or perhaps you'd just like to reflect on some feedback? Studying in Higher Education is a challenge but our programme gives you the skills to succeed.


Our workshop programme has been designed to provide you with the skills that will help you succeed at YSJ

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Shut up and Write A series of relaxed group sessions designed to help you develop writing techniques and get words onto paper!
  • Producing a draft
  • Editing strategies
  • Academic Writing Style
Tuesday between 10:00-11:30
20 February DG109
6 March HG013
20 March SK037
Shut up and Revise A new series of relaxed group sessions designed to help you develop strategies for exams and revision, and the space to put it into practice #shutupandreviseYSJ

Tuesday between 10:00-11:30
27 February TW107

13 March DG109

17 April DG109

24 April HG136

Being Critical Do you know how to think critically? What's the difference between descriptive and critical writing? Critical thinking will be critical to your academic success: learn the essential skills! Wednesday 21 February, 14:00 - 15:30 DG123
Presenting with Confidence Are you dreading your presentation? We can help you to present with confidence, structure a presentation, manage your nerves, and engage with your audience. Wednesday 28 February,14:00 - 15:30 HG136
Dealing with Deadlines Struggling to juggle study, work, and life? Does perfectionism hold you back? This workshop will help you get ahead and manage you time more effectively Wednesday 7 March, 14:00 - 15:30 HG136
Reflective Writing A step by step guide to reflective writing, covering several models of critical reflection suitable for all subjects Wednesday 14 March, 14:00 - 15:00 DG014
When to Stop Researching, How to Start Writing Feeling overwhelmed with your writing project? Done lots of reading but struggling to write? Leran how to get your writing juices flowing and get back on track to achieve your goals! Wednesday 21 March, 14:00 - 15:30 DG016

Study Skills Software
(Assistive Technology)

Study Skills Software is available on campus PCs. It can be accessed either through the Start Menu or the software launcher.

To book a training session you can pop to the Student Information Desk in Holgate or call them on 01904 876477.  For further information please contact

Audio Notetaker 

Note taking and presentation practice.

Free app available with university email address

Audio Notetaker - Best Notes Ever!

Logo for Read & Write

Read & Write 

Proofreading, research, spelling and more

Support and Training


Logo for Inspiration mind mapping software

For mind mapping and planning


MindView Tutorials



Logo for Global AutoCorrect

Global AutoCorrect 

Automatic spelling correction as you type across all programs

Global AutoCorrect Video Tutorials


Self-help resources

Workshops not for you?  Want to extend and consolidate your learning beyond the workshops?  Want to take charge of your studies and your success?  Our self-help resources are here for you.


Essay Writing - The Basics (PDF, 317kB)

Essay Checklist (PDF, 132kB)

Critical Thinking (PDF, 88.9kB)

Critical Thinking (PDF, 88.9kB)

Writing Skills: Paragraphs (PDF, 312kB)

Writing Skills - Using Evidence (PDF, 323kB)

Writing Clearly - Perfect Sentences (PDF, 147kB)

Writing Clearly - Punctuation (PDF, 93.1kB)

Avoiding plagiarism (PDF, 344kB) 

Reflective Writing (PDF, 149kB) 

Writing Academically (PDF, 147kB)

Researching (PDF, 317kB)


Useful websites

Writing Centre – Centre for Academic and Professional Literacies, Institute of Education, University of London: This is a very useful site providing advice and guidance on writing essays, critical reviews and dissertations. 

UEfAP – Using English for Academic Purposes: A Guide for Students in Higher Education by Andy Gillett. This is a good guide to academic writing.

Learn Higher - The Learn Higher Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is a partnership of 16 Universities, led by Liverpool Hope University. Resources are available in 20 Learning Areas including among others academic writing, group work, time management, critical thinking and numeracy and statistics.



Stella Cottrell, The Study Skills Handbook, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan Press

Stella Cottrell, Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan Press


Royal Literary Fellow

In collaboration with the Royal Literary Fellowship, YSJU also have two writers-in-residence, Mark Illis and Zoe Marriott, who are here to offer advice and guidance on your written work.  Any problem you’re having with your academic work is almost certainly something they have faced in their own writing, and their help can get you started, or help you improve what you’ve written.

What happens when you meet Mark or Zoe?

You’ll have a one-to-one meeting for around 45 minutes.  It’s confidential and there’s no pressure.  You may not have anything for them to read, that’s fine, but if you do they can have a look at it before you meet, or read a page or two during your appointment.  And then if you like you can schedule another meeting to see how you’re getting on.  Mark and Zoe will do their best to help you to write clearly and cogently and you may even find that your grades start to improve.

How do I make an appointment?

Visit the Student Information Desk in Holgate, call 01904 876477 or e-mail

1-2-1 Support

In an individual tutorial, a Study Development Tutor will go through your planning process, your study strategies or your written work to offer advice and guidance on how you can maximise your assessment potential.

You can come to us at any stage in the assignment process, from getting the assignment title and brief, to editing and proofreading your work prior to its final submission. Tutorials are 45 minutes long. It is important to note that we do not provide a proofreading service but we are able to teach you proofreading skills. Students are entitled to up to six individual tutorials per academic year (subject to availability).

Group tutorials available

A small group tutorial can often be a better learning activity than an individual tutorial because they provide the opportunity to also learn from your fellow students. So if you realise that a number of your friends are having similar difficulties to your own, why not arrange a group tutorial in order to discuss the particular skills that you would like to develop? These sessions can be tailored to your needs at that particular time or to particular types of assignment. Group tutorials are great if you would like to attend one or our workshops but cannot attend at the scheduled time.

How do I make a booking?

Contact the Student Information Desk. T: 01904 876477 E: 

For any other general enquiries, please contact Study Development directly.