Get Study Ready

Are you feeling out of practice with your academic skills?  Has it been a while since you picked up a textbook, taken an exam or completed coursework? If so, this page is for you.

Tips for Success


Start as you mean to go on.

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Join in and take advantage of the opportunities available

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Keep a balance but have fun!

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Be organised and manage your time well

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Don’t wait to ask for help

What to Expect

Check out the Progression Advice Team’s pages to support you throughout Your Student Journey.  We also have lots of resources to help you stay on track as well as general guidance.   

Do Your Study Skills Need Brushing Up?

In the first instance, explore the Academic Skills Guide which provides comprehensive advice and support on the following topics:

  • Writing
  • Referencing
  • Researching
  • Analysing
  • Reflecting
  • Time Management

For one-to-one support, book an appointment with a Study Skills Tutor

If learning in a group is more your thing – book a workshop. Contact them if there isn’t a date available that suits you.

Specific Academic Skills

Referencing and avoiding plagiarism plagiarism are often one of students’ top concerns. The Study Skills Organisation on Blackboard has a Referencing and Plagiarism Online Tutorial. 

Mathematics Online Support is available, There are learning resources, tutorials or you can book an appointment with a Maths Tutor

Mentoring is a great way to meet other students. You can take part in the Mentoring Scheme, either as a user or by volunteering as a Mentor. PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) are available in some subjects for you to learn with other students. To find out more, please contact the Study Skills service.

Library Services Support

The University’s Library Service has substantial resources available to help you with your studies:

  • Getting Started Guide will take you through getting started, all the basics and exploring the facilities on each of the campus libraries.
  • Not sure how to find a book in the library or an e-book? The Library’s guides and How-to films will take you through the process of borrowing and accessing resources.
  • Are you looking for subject-specific information? The Subject Guides are an excellent starting point for when you need to find information and research for your assignments.

Still unsure? Make an appointment to discuss any of the following:

  • How the Library Service works
  • How to get the most out of the service
  • How to identify the most useful resources to help your research
  • Any other Library related query

Have a quick question? 

The Library Services Online Chat is available 24/7

Feeling overwhelmed? 

It’s been a tough time, with the effects of the pandemic being felt by everyone, particularly those in education.  

USW’s Wellbeing Service offer free advice and support to all USW students. 

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Wellbeing advice appointments

The Wellbeing team can provide you with an opportunity to be listened to, to talk through any challenges and make choices that are right for you. 

These appointments provide non-judgmental, non-clinical advice and extra support. They can be a means to connect you to other services that provide specific support internally and externally.


Throughout the year the Wellbeing Service offer a number of courses to support your wellbeing such as Building Resilience. They also link to external courses like stress management and mindfulness.  
You will also find links to self-help and can access one of their specialist services: 

  • Mental Health Service 
  • Counselling 
  • Health Service 
  • Disability
For other help and support check the USW support services page.