Good study skills


Recent times have been very challenging for everyone, with routines and methods of study changed or disrupted. Despite these changes, it's still important to study safely and smartly. Whether you're studying on-campus or online, having an awareness of how to study well and how to avoid poor practice is key.

Each student studies differently and it is important to find what works for you. It can be useful to try different methods of study until you find a routine/structure that suits you well. Adopting a healthy study routine will ensure that you feel more confident when studying and are more likely to achieve academic success

Tips for more effective study

  • Be creative and create your own quiz for topics you're studying- make it more fun by including your course mates and quiz each other.
  • Say the information out loud rather than just writing or typing, this can help you to remember information more effectively.
  • Use illustrations to be creative with your work and help you to remember information, this could be graphs, mind maps, or diagrams.
  • Have shorter more active ‘bursts’ of study, for example 30-60 minutes 5 days a week is better than 5 hours straight one day. 
  • Think about your study environment – do you enjoy the peace and quiet of a library, or the buzz of a café. Working in a relaxing environment can encourage us to feel more motivated and focussed.
  • Control your own diary, create a schedule that is manageable, achievable and will help you to accomplish your main goal.
  • Remember to take breaks, use an incentive to study. For example, if I study for one hour today, I will treat myself to a hot chocolate afterwards, or catch up with a friend.
  • Adopt a healthy mindset, avoid comparing yourself to others – everyone studies and learns at a different pace. Think positively and focus on your best skills and abilities.
  • Review and be critical of your own work – proof-read your assignments or ask a friend or relative to do this for you if this is easier.

Things to keep in mind... 

  • Working with your fellow students can be a great way to learn, however try not to provide each other with answers to assignment or exam questions. It is important that when you submit a piece of work that it has been completed independently and not copied from another student, unless you are working on a group project.
  • When conducting research, it is good practice to always keep a note of the sources that you have used within your work, remember to cite the authors correctly at the end of your work to ensure you are following your Academic School's rules on referencing. 
  • Learning how to paraphrase effectively is important for assignment writing. Paraphrasing ensures that when you gather evidence and research from another author, you are writing it in your own words and style. The more you practice this the more natural it will become.
  • Once you've completed an assignment, do not use content from that assignment for another piece of work. Each assignment must be independently researched and written. Manging your time can feel challenging at points, but it's important to allow yourself time to plan and prepare your assignments so that you do not feel under pressure.
  • When conducting any form of research, all data collected should be used when submitting your work. Omitting or altering data will mean that your assignment will not provide an accurate account of the research you conducted.

If you have any questions or queries about these, then consult your academic advisor, course leader or programme handbook.



Following the five step LEARN method when studying can help you to work more effectively, whilst being mindful of your wellbeing.

Look at the academic requirements for your course relating to things like referencing. If you feel uncertain or worried about this, it's okay to ask questions. Contact your course leader or academic advisor to go through your concerns.

Educate yourself on all the resources available to you to build your academic confidence and ease the pressure on yourself. Make good use of your lecturers, handouts, the library, and your fellow students

Acknowledge your own strengths and abilities. It can be easy to be self-critical and have high expectations of ourselves. However, it can fuel motivation to take notice of our character strengths and what we have learned so far. Ending our day on a positive note can help us to feel more accomplished and relaxed, use our gratitude journal to show yourself some appreciation. 

Remember to look after yourself when studying or revising. It's important to take regular breaks and give yourself a treat for your hard work. We’re more likely to stay motivated if we look after our wellbeing and practice self-care. Check out the six ways to wellbeing for some inspiration. 

Now is a great time to have a think about how you study and what works for you. Think about things such as your environment, how you study and how long you study for. We have some great resources to help you prepare and plan, such as our weekly wellbeing planner and goal planner.

Common queries

It's normal to struggle with the transition into University. Students have to quickly adapt to new way of writing and learning. Below are a range of resources to help with common struggles and queries, whether you're new to University or need a reminder.