What is Skills for Study?

Skills for Study helps students to develop the skills they need to succeed in their studies and prepare for life after university. Each of the 12 modules focuses on a distinct topic, ranging from core academic skills such as Critical thinking and Academic writing to broader skills like Group work and Personal development, which help students to get the most out of their time at university. The resource can be used as part of self-directed learning and can also be incorporated into classroom teaching.  

The content within Skills for Study is based on the work of Stella Cottrell, bestselling author of The Study Skills Handbook. 

Stella Cottrell interview:

In the video below Stella outlines how Skills for Study caters to students’ varied preferences for learning and how it distils key messages from The Study Skills Handbook.

How to use Skills for Study:

We run through the basics of the e-learning platform in this tutorial.

Module features

Diagnostic tests help students focus on the areas where they will benefit most and help to make this a personal learning experience.

Self assessments encourage reflection, helping students increase their awareness of their knowledge and skills.

Interactions throughout the resource contain hours of material designed to grab the learner's attention and help them become better students.

Practice activities help reinforce new skills.

Module assessments test understanding and allow teaching staff to monitor progress.

Multimedia has been built into the resource with a range of audio & video to increase accessibility and appeal to a wide range of learning styles.


My journal allows students to reflect and keep notes which they can download and print at any time – especially helpful as a way to support personal development and planning.

My progress gives each student an overall summary of how much of the resource they have completed.

Other features

Downloads include a wealth of additional checklists, exercises and advice which students can download.

Glossary tooltips allow students to hover over a word and get a full explanation.