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In these mini-modules you can learn the essential study skills you need for university. Each mini-module is arranged in handy bite-size chunks, so you can choose to do just a part, or all of it. Decide which ones to do and go at your own speed.

Mini-modules with "On Moodle" by them are linked here, but you will need to be logged in to the LSBU Moodle to access them. 

Link to Interpreting Feedback mini-module

Interpreting Feedback

Find out what your feedback means and what you should do with it.

Link to Paragraphs Mini-module


Understanding how to write paragraphs is vital for doing good essays (and getting high marks!). This mini-module gives you all you need to know, step-by-step. 

Link to Time Management mini-module

Time Management

Time management is crucial for academic success because it allows you to effectively balance the demands of your coursework, extracurricular activities, and personal responsibilities. Find out the tips and tricks here.

Link to Communicating with a Lay Audience mini-module

Communicating with a Lay Audience

This Mini-module is all about how to explain academic topics to non-academic readers. This will be an increasingly useful skill and will also help you with your academic writing as well.

Link to What to Expect from University mini-module

What to Expect from Higher Education

What's different about studying at Uni compared to school? What skills and abilities will you need? What support is there to help you to success? Your questions answered here!

Link to Literature Reviews Mini-module

How to Write a Literature Review

A literature review should demonstrate that you can understand and critically analyse the background research of your topic. This mini-module will provide you with guidance on how to develop a context for your research.

Link to Reflective Writing Mini-module

Reflective Writing

This interactive reflective writing mini-module will support you with ways to critically analyse and evaluate an experience.

Link to Essay Writing Mini-module

Essay Writing

Are you having concerns with starting your essay? Need help with developing ideas? Not sure how to summarise your findings? This interactive lesson can support you with defining how to write an essay.

Link to Critical Thnking Mini-module

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is one of the most important skills for students at university. What is it? How do we do it? And, how do we show it in our writing? Find the answers here. 

Link to Quick Guide to Critical Writing mini-module

Quick Guide to Critical Writing

The top ten tips for showing critical thinking in your writing. This mini-module is for you if you are thinking critically, but you are not sure how to show this in your writing.

Link to Quick Guide to Writing Paragraphs Mini-module

Quick Guide to Writing Paragraphs

The essential things you need to know about writing academic paragraphs. If you are short of time and need the basics fast, or if you just want a quick overview before diving into the details later, this could be for you!

Link to Writing at Level 6 Mini-module

Writing at Level 6

In the final year of an Undergraduate course, you move up to Level 6. What does this mean for your academic writing? This mini-module has examples of Level 6 Writing, a list of differences between Level 5 and Level 6, and some useful links.

Link to Academic Vocabulary Mini-module

Academic Vocabulary

What's so special about academic vocabulary? How is it different from everyday English? Work through this interactive lesson to find out and to practise your use of academic vocabulary. 

Link to Preparing for Online Exams Mini-module

Preparing for Online Exams

This mini-module should help you to prepare more effectively for your online exams, both when revising before the exam, and when working during the exam.

Link to Grammar for Academic Writing Mini-module

Grammar for Academic Writing

Learn the essential grammar you need for academic writing - things like tenses, punctuation, types of words, and sentence structure. 

Link to Quick Guide to Interpreting Feedback mini-module

Quick Guide to Interpreting Feedback

This is a quick guide with the basic essential information to help you understand the feedback you get from your teachers.

Link to Quick Guide to Reading Critically

Quick Guide to Reading Critically

Critical reading is when you don’t take a text at face value. Rather, you analyse the arguments and concepts more deeply. In this quick mini-module, you will find out how to do this.

Link to Quick Guide to Summarising and Paraphrasing

Quick Guide to Summarising and paraphrasing

This mini-module shows you how to use summaries and paraphrases. It will be very useful when you want to put ideas and information from sources into your writing.

Link to Avoiding Plagiarism Mini-module

Avoiding Plagiarism

Find out about plagiarism and how to avoid it by writing in your own words. 

Link to Reports Mini-module

Report Writing

This mini-module will support you with structuring and writing a report.

Link to Writing at Masters Level Mini-module

Writing at Masters Level

This interactive mini-module will provide support for students who are writing at masters level.

Link to Critical Thinking - Undergraduate Mini-module

Critical Thinking Undergraduate

This mini-module is an introduction to critical thinking. Find out what it is and how to do it. 

Link to Posters and Presentations Mini-module

Posters and Presentations

This mini-module will support you with tips for planning and preparing posters and presentations