Library study skills support

Ask a librarian

If you need help, eg with an assignment, you can ask at a library help desk or via the online enquiry service as your first step.

If your query can't be answered immediately, you may be referred to:

Study skills workshops

From making notes to structuring your writing, we offer a number of study skills workshops to students.

Our core workshops are:

  • How to get started with critical writing
  • How to plan and structure your writing
  • How to put your reading into your writing
  • How to reference and avoid plagiarism

Book study skills events

Reading and writing retreats

Do you feel like you have lots of reading and writing to do and struggle to motivate yourself? These reading and writing retreats offer a supportive space for you to focus on your work. Providing quiet time to dedicate to reading and writing, these are not training classes, but are structured and facilitated to help you concentrate on what you want to do, acting as a virtual study group.

Reading retreats and writing retreats are two separate events. You can attend just one, or both. You can attend as many events as you like. They are open to all students and staff, so bring along the reading or the writing that you want to do.

We hope to pilot face-to-face events in Spring 2022.

Find upcoming retreats

Run your own: If you'd like to make use of the format and materials from these reading and writing retreats to run your own study groups, you would be very welcome to download the slides and activity packs.

'How to' online workbooks

As an alternative to attending our study skills workshops, you can also use our 'How to...' workbooks, which are closely aligned with the workshop sessions. You'll find similar exercises in them, but different examples.

These are perfect for you if you can't make it to any of our sessions, prefer to work at your own pace, or would like to recap a workshop you have attended.

You'll also find a wide range of workbooks by topic area on the main study skills webpages.

Communication skills for international students

Develop your English language and communication skills with our series of workshops.

English language workshops


If you have already tried the above options and still need support, you may wish to book a one-to-one appointment with a member of library staff. Appointments last around 30-45 minutes and are based around staff availability.

Bookings can be made via InfoHub Appointments during periods of peak demand, and can be arranged through our online enquiry service at other times.

When you book an appointment, please supply the following information:

  • what is the problem you are having?
  • what strategies have you already tried in order to address this?
  • what is your timescale?

During an appointment, library staff will be able to look at small sections of your work and coach you to apply study skills techniques.

Please note that we do not offer a proof-reading service.

Faculty study support

Many faculties may provide appointments, workshops or one-to-one sessions tailored to your subject.

Faculty study support