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Student Skills

Self-assessment, support and development


This guide will help you develop your student skills.

There is more to being a successful student than academic skills like critical reading and effective writing. You also need to look after your wellbeing, engage with available support and know when to seek assistance. Reflecting on all of these skills will help you identify your current strengths and weaknesses. This can then inform your planning and support your future progress.

To help with this, on this page you can:

  1. Explore the help and guidance available with student skills at Leeds Beckett.
  2. Self-assess your student skills, identifying areas for potential improvement.
  3. Write an action plan to support you in developing your student skills.

Explore available help and guidance

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Useful support

Academic Librarians and Information Services Librarians offer support developing your skills across areas related to information literacy. These areas include: finding and evaluating information, research skills, understanding your feedback, academic writing and referencing.

To access Librarian support:

The Disability Advice team are here to provide support and specialist guidance. We can support you with a wide range of long-term conditions, specific learning differences and disabilities.

If you think the Disability Advice team can help you, please do get in touch to discuss the available support.

You can:

Support is available with academic writing, reflective writing, assignment planning, note-making, dissertations and independent projects, literature reviews, independent learning, time management, maths and stats, research training, IT/digital skills, and English as an Additional Language (EAL).

You can also get help understanding feedback from previous assignments, developing strategies for you to improve your grades and step up an academic level.

There are many ways to access academic skills support:

  • Through the Skills for Learning Open Workshop Programme. All workshops are free and there is no limit to the number you can attend, including study cafes and academic skills drop-ins for quick questions. When you sign up to an online workshop, you will also receive the recording and resources after the session. Book a place on a workshop via MyHub, or request a recording of a past workshop from
  • The Skills for Learning website has an extensive range of guidance and resources on key skills.
  • Use the 'Get Help' button to book a one-to-one appointment.
  • Research degree students can book onto Research Training Programme sessions via SAM.
  • In-curriculum academic skills instruction can be arranged by your lecturers.

Don't worry if you're finding a particular skill tricky. Whether it's IT setup or referencing, further assistance is always available, and it's never too late to get started improving your student skills.

There are helpful independent study modules in MyBeckett, supplementing the other support options open to you. You can work through these modules at your own pace, making sure you're not missing anything important and extending your knowledge of key academic skills.

  • Study Smart: For new students or anyone who needs a reminder, the key details on how to study effectively at Leeds Beckett.
  • Second Year Study Smart: Advice to support the transition to second year, including top tips from current students and staff. It's worth checking even mid-year, to make sure you're not missing out on anything.
  • Study On: Guidance to support the change to postgraduate study, exploring the differences you will experience.
  • Academic Integrity: Step-by-step guidance on academic integrity and how to reference.

Remember that you can revisit these modules whenever a quick refresher might help!

We can offer support if you’re struggling with:

  • Mental health difficulties such as low mood and anxiety.
  • Academic stress which is making it difficult to engage with your studies.
  • Adjusting to university life or settling into placements.
  • Relationship difficulties or other personal problems, which are causing emotional or psychological distress, including bereavement or loss.

We can also support you to access external or specialist services for other difficulties such as:

  • Drug, alcohol and gambling addictions.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Domestic abuse or gendered violence.

For support with your Wellbeing you can:

Please do get in touch even if you are not sure how we can help. Our role includes signposting you to the right support.

Assess your skills

Use this short worksheet to assess your current student skills.

The worksheet suggests some key areas to help get you started.

However, you should also reflect more broadly yourself. Which skills are already your strengths? Which other ones could you usefully improve? There may be other areas like group work or IT to consider.

Make a plan

Use this template to make an action plan to improve your student skills:

You might also want to consider broader development goals. For example, have you reviewed the Careers Advice pages, to see how Leeds Beckett can support your employability?

Student Advice

Remember that if you have any more general queries, you can contact Student Advice.