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 improve your critical writing
  • How to read effectively
  • How to plan and structure your writing
  • How to put your reading into your writing
  • How to reference and avoid plagiarism
  • How to manage your time

Book study skills workshops

Library study skills resources

'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.

Reading and writing cafés

Reading and writing cafés are dedicated sessions to motivate you to make progress when you have lots of reading or writing to do. They are not formal workshops, although there will be a facilitated warm-up activity to get you started with setting goals for your time. You can then make use of quiet time in a supportive space to help you to concentrate on what you want to do.

The cafés are open to all students and staff. Please bring the reading or the writing that you need to work on with you.

Find upcoming cafés

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

Online training

Browse our full range of study skills online workbooks.

View online study skills support by topic

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 have some questions, you may wish to book a one-to-one appointment with a member of library staff. Appointments last around 30-45 minutes and are dependent on 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 and how can we help?
  • what is your timescale?
  • example of work if necessary.

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

If you need subject-specific support please get in touch with your Library subject team.

Library subject teams

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

College study support

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

College study support

Writing feedback

Get feedback on your writing before you submit your work through various support from UWE Bristol.

We have also partnered with Studiosity to provide same-day feedback on a piece of writing.

Get writing feedback

Academic Integrity

Use our online resource to discover how and why to avoid the pitfalls of plagiarism. We've put together a guide for using this resource (PDF).

Open resource

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