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The Transferable Academic Skills Kit (TASK) is a series of study skills textbooks created by members of the academic staff of the International Foundation Programme at the University of Reading.

This successful series is now in its second edition (2015), published by Garnet Education, a division of Garnet Publishing.

The TASK learning materials benefit from the International Foundation Programme's thirty years of experience in meeting the educational needs of international students. It is a flexible learning resource that has been carefully designed to develop the key transferable skills which promote students' success in university and college-based study. Aimed at students or teachers, the TASK series provides a tried and tested teaching and learning tool suitable for a broad range of academic disciplines and forms a part of the University's academic skills provision for home and international students at all levels.

A series of supported exercises relates theory to practice and provides students with the tools to develop a framework of skills that can then be used in a broad range of contexts both inside and outside the academic world.

TASK learning materials can be followed as a complete course or, alternatively, individual modules may be selected to address specific needs. The twelve titles in the series are available separately or as a boxed set.

A teacher's book is also available.

  • Module 1 Academic Culture
  • Module 2 Group Work and Projects
  • Module 3 Critical Thinking
  • Module 4 Essay Writing
  • Module 5 Scientific Writing
  • Module 6 Research and Online Sources
  • Module 7 Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Module 8 Presentations
  • Module 9 Assessments, Exams and Revision
  • Module 10 Numeracy
  • Teachers Book
  • Boxed set of 10 Modules


"The course focuses on skills which are not specific to one particular academic discipline but which are relevant to all areas of study."

"Through hard work in TASK, I was able to get good results."

(University of Reading student)


"TASK exceeded my expectations…The materials include a good range of exercises in a well-organised system. TASK is flexible for use by tutors and the exercises are very relevant to students."

(UK university lecturer)

For more details, please contact Garnet Education by email or visit Garnet Education online.

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