Academic Study Skills

Improve your work and confidence – attend Academic Study Skills Classes

The Academic Study Skills team are here to help all undergraduates get the most out of their time at university, to help to improve your grades and get a Cardiff University Certificate!  Ann Mc Manus tells us more…


Whether you are new to Higher Education, want to improve your grade, want to learn how to make your learning more efficient or want to gain a Cardiff University Certificate of Attendance, then these Study Skills Classes are for you.

The study skills you learn from the classes are genuine transferable skills which will directly assist you in your degree and the environment is quite relaxed with students from across all three colleges participating and interacting! It’s a great way to meet students from other disciplines, learn new skills and gain a Cardiff University Certificate.

What you can expect at study skills classes

Students across all year groups and disciplines, interacting in a positive environment where you can share good ideas, compare different approaches and take a proactive role in your learning.  These are classes rather than lectures where you will be expected to complete a range of tasks independently, in pairs or in small groups. The sessions are student responsive to input and feedback from students being valued.

Study skills classes available – book to attend!

We offer classes on a variety of topics and all undergraduates, regardless of year of study or discipline, are welcome to attend.

This term we are offering a mix of long and short classes to try to accommodate everyone’s needs.  Some classes last for 50 minutes and others for 110 minutes.  Classes will be held at 51a Park Place and the Students’ Union (3rd floor, International Office Training Room).

  • Essay Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Time Management
  • Revision and Exam Strategies
  • Presentation Skills

The motivations for attending the academic skills classes differ with different students. Some students are keen to improve their grades, some want to gain new skills so that their study practices are more efficient, some want to gain a certificate and some want techniques to help them work to a university standard. Whatever your reasons for attending you will gain transferable skills and techniques to help you succeed at university.

A list of all the classes taking place can be found on the intranet.  Classes do tend to fill up quickly so make sure you get the class you want by booking today! Classes start on the 5th of February.

If you can’t attend a class please email us 24 hours in advance so that we can release your place to a student who is on our waiting list. (Students who fail to attend two classes will be removed from their subsequent bookings so that other students may be given a chance to attend).

A student perspective on Study Skills Classes

“These classes are key to unlocking value from lectures and seminars.  They have helped me establish an effective organised routine at university, and the benefit at exam time is huge. The Study Skills team offer support to any undergraduate student at any level, the tips and hints will make time spent at university both more effective and successful. I cannot recommend highly enough”.

Michelle McCartan, SOCSI Student

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We look forward to seeing you soon!

Best wishes
Ann Mc Manus, Academic Study Skills Manager

Ann Mc Manus

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