Academic Skills

Worried about that assignment? Never written an essay before?

No-one was born knowing how to write for academic purposes!

The most common problems for students include:

  • Not understanding the purpose of the assignment;
  • Locating appropriate academic sources;
  • Coping with the volume of reading;
  • How to paraphrase and use Harvard referencing;
  • Critical thinking and analysis.
  • Writing difficulties such as structuring assignments;
  • The correct use of grammar and punctuation;
  • Writing in an objective and conventional academic style.


For general support on academic skills, including information on research, using the library, and one-to-one study skills tutoring, see

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