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A selection of study advice guidesYou may be great at writing, but need a little guidance on the best way to manage your reading. Or perhaps you love to give presentations but are not so sure about referencing. Or feel you'd be confident with all of your skills, if only you could find the time to get things done!

Our Study Guides and Video Tutorials provide expert advice on developing all of the academic skills and practices you will need to succeed at university. 

The Study Guides are research-informed and peer-evaluated, covering all the key aspects of each topic.

We also have guides aimed at particular student groups, including new undergraduates, postgraduates, mature and international students, and those with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties.

Our Video Tutorials are brief (around 5 minute) screencasts which you can watch whenever you have a few minutes to spare.

Study Smart

If you are a new undergraduate based on the Reading campus, you will be invited to join our online course, Study Smart. This brief online course, developed by the Study Advice team, aims to give you the best possible preparation for studying at university level and is exclusively available to University of Reading students. It focuses on three key areas of university-level study:

  • academic integrity (including reading, researching, and referencing);
  • communicating at university (including emails to your tutors, lectures and seminars,  and academic writing for different disciplines including Maths and Science);
  • independent learning (including managing your own time and workload successfully, and becoming an independent and critical thinker).

Completing the course will give you a headstart in your studies, and you can return to the course any time over your first year to remind yourself of what you've learnt.

View the Study Smart trailer.

list of study guides

The Academic Integrity Toolkit - an integrated guide to what you need to think about when writing, researching and referencing at university. Includes tips, video tutorials, links and exercises to test yourself.

Essay writing

Report writing

Dissertations and major projects

Literature reviews

Citing references

Managing your time

See also our Video Tutorials on Managing Your Time & Getting Things Done

Academic writing

Reading and making notes

Lectures and seminars

Group work

Giving presentations

Practice-based and reflective learning

Preparing for exams

 There is also a separate page which lists all of our Video Tutorials.

Guides for different student groups

Students talkingStudying with dyslexia and other difficulties (under development)

New to university?

Masters students

Research postgraduates

Studying as a mature student

Studying as an international student

Studying on the Study Abroad programme

 

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