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Essay Writing Workshop London

Study Skills

At university you are expected to learn independently; this means taking responsibility for your own study. Many of the academic skills you are expected to use whilst at university will be new to you. Some of the skills you will need to develop are:

  • Reading and Note-making
  • Research & Evaluation
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Writing Skills
  • Referencing
  • Groupwork & Presentations
  • Exams Skills

Your department may provide workshops covering many of these aspects of study during your first term. UCL Library Services run training sessions on research and referencing skills (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/training). There are also some useful resources below to help you master these academic skills.

Study Skills Resources

Please find links below to presentations and other useful resources to help you with the academic skills required at university such as essay writing, learning techniques, referencing, presentation skills and assessment methods at UCL.

Describe, analyse, evaluate...what's the difference? Find out what essay instruction terms are really asking you to do.

Powerpoint presentation by the UCL Outreach Team (Academic Skills)

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Qualifications explained No qualification

This means that the course doesn’t come with any kind of qualification. You might do it for the experience or just to learn a skill

Course certificate

This means you’ll get a certificate at the end to prove you’ve completed the course. You won’t have to do any exams, you’ll just be given something to show you turned up and learnt something

NVQ/SVQ Levels 1/2/3

NVQ stands for National Vocational Qualification and will cover skills needed in a particular area of work. SVQ stands for Scottish Vocational Qualification and is essentially the same thing but based in Scotland

Access to Higher Education

This is a qualification aimed at preparing you for university if you don’t have the traditional A Level/GCSE level of study. Usually focused on a specific subject it will get you ready to take a degree in that area on finishing

GCE A/AS Level

These are academic qualifications aimed at giving you higher expertise in certain subjects, preparing you for work or for further education


GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education and sit at levels 1 and 2 on the QCF. This means they give you a grounding in a subject that will prepare you for further education or work


Apprenticeships are workplace-based qualifications where you learn by doing (and get paid too!) and only spend a short time in college

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