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.

Study for Success Workshop Programme

Semester 2, 2018-19

Our workshop programme has been designed to help you develop as an independent learner and succeed at YSJ. 

Week 3

Shut Up and Write! Getting Started

Find out if you are a planner or a free writer, and how to combine these two approaches to getting started (and keeping going) with writing projects. Bring your work!

Tuesday 12th February



Book at the Student Information Desk or by emailing

Dealing with your Dissertation

Top tips for managing your dissertation project including: organising and drafting your writing, strategies for editing, and overcoming procrastination.

Wednesday 13th February



Book at the Student Information Desk or by emailing

Week 4

Active Reading

Feeling overwhelmed by your reading list?

Learn to: prioritise your reading list, read with purpose and make effective notes, and develop critical questions and answers. Our autism friendly workshops will benefit neurodiverse and neurotypical students alike!

Wednesday 20th February



Book at the Student Information Desk or by emailing

Week 5

Shut Up and Write! Getting Started

Tips and tricks for making progress with drafts, knowing when one ends and another begins, and how polished each draft should be. Bring your work!

Tuesday 26th February



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Being Critical

Do you know how to think critically? Do you know the difference between descriptive and critical writing> Critical thinking is critical to academic success: learn the essential skills!

Wednesday 27th February


RW/005 (New Wing)

Book at the Student Information Desk or by emailing

Week 6

Presenting with Confidence

Are you dreading your presentation? We can help you to structure a presentation, manage your nerves, present with confidence and engage your audience.

Wednesday 6th March



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Week 7

Shut Up and Write! Editing Strategies

Learn how to become your own editor and practice improving: structure, paragraphs, intros and conclusions. Bring your work!

Tuesday 12th March



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Dealing with Deadlines

Struggling to juggle study, work, and life? Does perfectionism hold you back? This workshop will help you get ahead and manage your time more effectively.

Wednesday 13th March



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Week 8

Reflective Writing

A step-by-step guide to reflective writing, covering several models of critical reflection suitable for all subjects.

Wednesday March 20th



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Week 9

Shut Up and Write! Proofreading Strategies

Tips and tricks for proofreading your own work. Practice identifying and fixing: errors, repetition, lengthy phrasing and punctuation. Bring your work!

Tuesday 26th March



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When to stop researching, how to start writing

Feeling overwhelmed with your writing project? Done lots of reading but struggling to write? Learn how to get your creative juices flowing and get back on track to achieve your goals.

Wednesday 27th March



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Week 10

Study Development Drop-ins

Practical advice and guidance on assignments, critical writing, and revision tips. 30 minute discussion slots on a first come, first served basis.

2pm – 5pm, Holgate Student Centre

  • Wednesday 3rd April
  • Thursday 4th April

You can book individual or small group tutorials all year round. See '1-2-1 Support' for more details.

1-2-1 Support

Individual tutorials

In an individual tutorial, a Study Development Tutor will help you reflect on your planning process, your study strategies or your written work to offer advice and guidance on how you can maximise your 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 and students are entitled to up to six individual tutorials per academic year (subject to availability). 

It is important to note that we do not provide a proofreading service, but we are able to support you in developing personalised proofreading strategies. 

Small group tutorials

Group tutorials are great if you would like to attend one or our workshops but cannot attend at the scheduled time. 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. 

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.


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. Assistive Tech to Support Study Booklet (PDF, 476.5kB)

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


Royal Literary Fellow

In collaboration with the Royal Literary Fellowship, YSJU 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

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

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