Whether you’re brand new to the University of Leeds, or undertook your undergraduate degree here, 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 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 Guide to Learning and Study Skills, by Sue Drew and Rosie Bingham (A.1 DRE)

This is an excellent guide on how to develop effective writing and presentation skills. It contains useful guidance on how to undertake project work, as well as group tasks, in an efficient and professional manner.

The Postgraduate Research Handbook: Succeed with your MA, MPhil, EdD and PhD, by Gina Wisker (A-1.2 WIS)

This excellent handbook provides advice and support, as well as active and reflective tasks to help you develop the research skills necessary to succeed as a postgraduate student.

Study Skills for International Postgraduates, by Martin Davies (A.1.3 DAV)

Primarily aimed at students new to studying in a culturally Western university, this text provides clear and comprehensive guidance on how to achieve academic success. The vast majority of topics covered are central to both international and domestic students alike.

Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument, by Stella Cottrell (C.1 COT)

Criticality is absolutely key to successful study at postgraduate level. This resource will help you to produce more critical arguments in your writing. It contains useful explanations and activities to help take your writing to a higher level.

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!