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Academic Skills

There are lots of new skills to pick up when you start university – but don't worry, we're here to help

Academic Skills

We offer workshops, resources, and courses to support you in your transition to university - learn more below. 

Get Ahead Transition Programme

Studying at university is different to studying at school. We're here to help you make that transition. Get Ahead is QM’s transition programme, designed to help you get off to a flying start in your university education. Get Ahead will equip you with the tips and skills you’ll need to succeed with your studies. You’ll learn about studying effectively at university, how to stay motivated, how to develop key skills like academic writing, critical thinking, and maths and statistics, and lots more.

You can access resources to support your transition to university on the Get Ahead webpages. You can also find information about the live Get Ahead workshop program which runs throughout Semester A on the Academic Skills webpages.

Academic Skills Support

Student writingIt can take a while to get used to studying at university. You will take classes with leading experts in your subject, but you won’t have a teacher telling you what to do, when and how, in the way you had at school.

So, you'll need a new set of skills! Teaching and Learning Support offer group workshops, self-access resources and one-to-one support for all new students throughout their first year to help you to develop a range of skills, including:

  • Writing
  • Finding information
  • Using databases
  • Effective reading
  • Note-making and lecture skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Working in groups
  • Exam and revision skills
  • Time management
  • Using feedback
  • Referencing and academic integrity
  • Completing assignments
  • Maths and statistics

Find out more about the support available to you on the Academic Skills webpages.

RLF Writing Fellows


The Royal Literary Fund Fellows are professional writers who offer individual tutorials to help develop your academic writing skills. RLF Writing tutorials are open to students from all subject areas at Queen Mary. To find out more about the support available and to book a tutorial, visit the RLF tutorials webpage.

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