Whether you’re brand new to the University of Leeds, or returning from a summer break, do make use of our extensive Skills@Library resources to ensure that you’re giving yourself the opportunity to really enhance your study skills. We’ve got an array of texts, covering a wide range of study skills topics, located on the first floor of the Laidlaw Library, outside the Skills@Library Office. So, from note taking, to speed reading, to that magic C word – criticality – we’ve got you covered.

Whilst there are many useful texts to recommend, here are a few to get you started:

Essential Study Skills: The Complete Guide to Success at University, by Tom Burns and Sandra Sinfield (A-1 BUR)

Provides step-by-step guidance on how to study effectively. Contains tips and advice on how to learn, with case studies demonstrating how to apply good study habits.

The Study Skills Handbook, by Stella Cottrell (A-1 COT)

This highly popular resource will enable you to develop a deeper understanding of how learning takes place, and is packed with useful study tips and interesting exercises.

A Guide to Learning Independently, by Lorraine Marshall (A-1 MAR)

This resource will help you to develop your self-awareness and understanding, to study in a manner best suited to you.

How to Study: 500 Tips for Students, by Phil Race (A-1 RAC)

A highly accessible study companion that covers topics ranging from your first lecture, to job hunting.

Speed Reading, by Tony Buzan (G-5 RUD)

A seminal guide on how to read in an effective and efficient manner.

These resources are written by experts in the field of academic writing, and are a great accompaniment to our workshops. Combining these resources with the workshops, along with our comprehensive online guidance, is a highly effective way to develop your study skills.

If there’s a topic you’d like some assistance on, but you can’t find the right resource, please contact us at skills@library.leeds.ac.uk, and one of the team will be able to point you in the right direction.

Happy studying!