Academic Writing & Studying Resources
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On this page you will find a variety of downloadable handouts covering important guidelines for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. These resources are based on frequently asked questions about academic writing, general skills and research, exam preparation and specific assignments within your course. When availing of these resources, they will help you unlock YOUR Potential!
Our academic writing resources will help you from start to finish, ensuring a stress free formula for success! This information is based on the Skills Centre workshops, which cover unpacking your question, refining your academic writing skills and ensure you avoid pitfalls with paraphrasing and referencing.
The academic skills and research guidelines we provide range from your approaches to lectures, personal time management and how to incorporate research into your assignments and the National University of Ireland marking scheme.
In addition, we provide specific resources dedicated to each type of assignment you may encounter in your course, such as, dissertations, reports, reflective writing, group work and presentations. Through these guidelines, you can develop a bespoke package for your individual learning needs.
These downloadable resources guide you from the very beginning of an assignment to the final checks before submission. They will enable you to become more confident in your academic writing ability by using this step-by-step strategy.
How to get a start on your assignment
What to know when writing your assignment
Double-checking and finalising your assignment
Academic Skills & Research
This section contains practical skills, advice about using research and a guide to working with feedback. The practical skills will help you avoid becoming overwhelmed with the academic workload and also include methods to prepare for future deadlines.
Within this section is information about using research, in terms of how you should think about the resources and how this develops in the form of an academic argument in your assignments.
The final section is about improving your academic skills with the advice given to you by lecturers and tutors. Students often ignore this advice because it is not easy to be criticised but this resource helps you to think about feedback in a different way and how it can be used in future assignments to improve your marks.
Practical Skills for College Life
How to Work with Evidence, Academic Arguments & Feedback
- Evidence - incorporating research
- How to build an academic argument
- Counter arguments
- Making feedback work for you
Exams can be stressful for all students and these guides help you to be efficient and effective in your preparation, and also understand what your expectations should be.
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Specific Academic Assignments
Different modules and courses will often require specific assignments types, which you may not have encountered before. This section contains information that will help you to be more confident in your ability to meet the course criteria.
You may also be dealing with a larger volume of work for the first time (not necessarily a dissertation), and this has impacted your motivation to complete the assignment. The following resources will offer you assurances as to what the academic expectations would be.
Finally, group work and presentations are often seen as scary but these practical guides will help you to relax a little more and engage with the assignment ahead.
- Academic style
- Reflective writing
- Report writing
- Group work
- What to know about an executive summary
- Planning your dissertation
- A guide to abstracts
- Literature reviews
- Top tips for presentations