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Guidance to academic skills that you can access in your own time

Throughout the year, we develop self-access guides to various aspects of learning at university.

These resources are designed around the needs of Queen Mary students and the demands of courses taught at the college — so they are reliable and trustworthy.

We are always working on new resources, so check back regularly. If you would like to request that we create a resource on a particular theme, or for individual advice on the issues raised on these pages, contact the team directly.

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Learning Online

Take our short online course about how to approach blended learning and remote study in the new academic year.

Skills guides

A series of self-access pdf guides to various aspects of studying, which includes specific advice about remote learning.

Being Critical

What does it mean to "be critical"? How can you be more critical in your reading and writing?

Being Critical [PPT 2,182KB]


How do you avoid highlighting everything that you read? How can you make your notes more selective and useful for revision and coursework?

Note-making [PPT 1,106KB]

Time Management

What are the best ways of managing your time at university? How should you balance the various tasks you have to do?

Time Management [PPT 5,613KB]

Effective Revision

How should you plan the time you have available for revision? What techniques can you use to make sure you're using that time effectively?

Effective Revision [PPT 5,745KB]

Writing Essay Questions in Exams

How can you make sure you're answering the question in an essay-based exam? What are some good ways of planning an answer?

Writing Essay Questions in Exams [PPT 2,489KB]


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