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Female student working at laptopIf you only have five minutes to spare to develop your study practices, why not watch one of our bitesize video tutorials? These anytime, anywhere learning resources cover the most popular topics appearing in assignment feedback or in student queries to Study Advisers. They can be watched on your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone - perfect for developing your skills if you don't have much time!

Our tutorials are designed to replicate the teaching in our study seminars, using animated PowerPoint slides with an explanatory voiceover from a Study Adviser. Each tutorial focuses on one aspect of a key study practice. We will be adding more tutorials as they are developed so if what you're looking for isn't here, keep checking back. 

Assessment and feedback

Essay writing

Report writing


Preparing for exams

Dissertations and major projects

Researching your assignments

Video tutorials on assessment and feedback

Understanding marking criteria - Transcript

Making the most of your feedback - Transcript


Video tutorials on essay writing

Overview of essay writing - Transcript

Answering the question & planning - Transcript

Targeted reading & use of evidence - Transcript

Structuring your essay - Transcript

Clear communication and proof reading - Transcript

You may also find this screencast from the University of Leicester useful: What it means to be a critical student


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Video tutorials on report writing

Finding a structure for your report - Transcript


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Video tutorials on referencing

Avoiding unintentional plagiarism - Transcript

Using long and short quotes - Transcript

Using paraphrases - Transcript

Writing a precis or summary - Transcript

Which referencing style should I use? - Transcript

Finding bibliographic details - Transcript

Referencing websites - Transcript

Compiling your bibliography - Transcript

Effective paraphrasing for postgrads - Transcript (This is an advanced tutorial which may also be of interest to undergraduate students who have learnt the basics.)

Getting the most out of Turnitin - Transcript


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Video tutorials on preparing for exams

Effective revision - Transcript

Exam room strategies - Transcript

Preparing for essay exams - Transcript

Answering short answer questions - Transcript

Multiple choice question exams - Transcript

Preparing for seen exams - Transcript

Preparing for open book exams - Transcript

Preparing for oral language exams - Transcript


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Video tutorials on dissertations and major projects

Starting research for your dissertation - Transcript

Defining your research question - Transcript

Managing time for your dissertation - Transcript

Structuring your dissertation - Transcript

Doing your literature review - Transcript 

Writing up your dissertation - Transcript

Finishing your dissertation - Transcript


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Video tutorials on researching your assignments

Reading academic texts - Transcript

Starting research for your assignment - Transcript

Critical notetaking - Transcript

Evaluating your sources - Transcript

Introduction to your online reading list (Library video)


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On campus over the summer? So are we!

If you want to discuss:

- Doing your Masters or undergrad dissertation

- Working on your PhD

- Developing your skills for Part 2 or 3

- Preparing for exam resits

...or any other aspect of studying...

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