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Develop the key academic skills to achieve your best

What is the Enhancing Academic Skills Programme?

Academic study skills are a vital foundation for your time at university. They include areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Research skills
  • Referencing and citations
  • Critical thinking
  • Reflective writing
  • Revision and exam techniques
  • Report writing
  • Presentation skills

You will learn and apply many of these skills in your academic programme. The Enhancing Academic Skills Programme offers further opportunities for you to develop and learn new academic skills. Run by a range of departments, our workshops and initiatives are open to all students at all levels of study. Our programme helps you unlock your full potential, be the best you can academically, and achieve success in your chosen subject.

Enhancing Academic Skills - Core workshops

Our introductory core workshops are run by the Careers Service, Library, Academic Skills Centre, and Inclusion and Learning Support. This is a great place to start if you aren't sure what your learning needs are and want to find out more.

Attend one or all of these workshops to learn about:

Gold Study Skills

Study skills workshops

These are group workshops run by specialist study skills tutors on a variety of topics designed to build on your existing study skills.

We offer a variety of workshops on academic skills throughout the academic year. They are open to all students, and you can book online.

One-to-one study skills sessions

These one-to-one sessions are run by specialist study skills tutors weekly throughout the year (in and out of term time) to assist you with all aspects of your academic work. They are open to all students. You need to book in person at the Student Centre.

Library information skills sessions

The library runs information skills sessions throughout the academic year. These support your studies and help you prepare for assignments and exams.

The sessions cover areas like:

  • using online software to make referencing simple
  • searching for peer-reviewed journal articles and other information
  • accessing other libraries in London and the UK
  • accessing our Special Collections and Archives
  • using our online reading lists system
  • presenting your work confidently

Royal Literary Fellows

The Royal Literary Fund has placed two Fellows at Goldsmiths for 2016-17.

Royal Literary Fund Fellows (RLFs) are professional writers who help students improve their essay-writing skills. The main aim is to promote good writing practice across all disciplines and media.

The Fellows can help both undergraduates and postgraduates. So if you are writing good essays and want to make them excellent, or your essays aren’t quite making the grade, book an appointment with an RLF by visiting the Library Helpdesk or emailing asc (@gold.ac.uk).