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

You can find details and book on workshops below:

Our Guide to Studying at Uni

New to uni or studying in the UK? Here’s an intro to everything you need to succeed at YSJ. Meet the Study Development and ILS team, and join us for a fun quiz with the SU president of Education, Steph Foxton, who will share her top study tips.

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Literature Reviews

What is a lit review? Where do you start? What should the final draft look like? Our expert librarian will show you how to plan your search strategy. We will guide you through managing, structuring, and writing up your lit review.

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Effective Notemaking

How do you know what to write down in lectures? Struggling to listen and make notes at the same time? Striving to write everything down? Learn effective note making strategies, and how to use mindmaps and note making apps with the help of our Assistive tech team!

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Active Reading

Feeling overwhelmed by your reading list? Reading lots, but there’s little going in? Reading little and want to read more? Learn to: read with purpose and make effective notes; develop critical questions (and answers); cite secondary sources (with referencing advice from ILS). Why? Because reading is fundamental!

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Seminar Success

Not sure how to use your seminars to enhance your learning? Feel nervous about contributing to discussion or working in a group? Learn our top tips for seminar success!

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Essay Survival Kit

So, you’ve got an essay due but you don’t know where to start? Here’s our guide to the essay survival basics. Learn to: decode the question and understand your learning outcomes; plan and structure essays; write paragraphs, intros, and conclusions.

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You can also download our Study Development Study for Success Workshop Programme (PDF 333kb).

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 has two writers-in-residence, Zoe Marriott and Geoff Hattersley, 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.  Take a quick look at this video to get a students perspective on the scheme.

What happens when you meet Zoe or Geoff?

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 may be able to 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.  Zoe and Geoff 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.


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