Free undergraduate course

A free course on essay writing, study skills and online and library learning resources

To enrol:

  • Login to AberLearn Blackboard
  • Click the AberSkills tab
  • In the right-hand column, in the Undergraduate Writing, Communication and Information Skills box, click Enrol now

Once enrolled, click My Modules to see this course listed under Opt-in Modules List

Class materials and any online learning resources will be available in the Content folder in the Blackboard module after each class

You will receive an email reminder in advance of each class

For further information, please email:




4 October 2017


14:00 - 15:00 or 15:00 - 16:00: Learning Strategies and Learning Support

Effective Study Seminar 1

11 October 2017


14:00 - 15:00 or 15:00 - 16:00: Academic Writing

Effective Study Seminar 2

18 October 2017


14:00 - 15:00: Writing and Study 1: interpreting essay questions

Information Skills 1: Find everything on your reading lists - Online only       

25 October 2017



14:00 - 15:00: Writing and Study 2: clarity and focus

Information Skills 2: Evaluating web-based material for your studies - Online only

1 October 2017


14:00 - 15:00: Writing and Study 3: planning and writing introductions

Information Skills 3: Tools and techniques for avoiding plagiarism - Online only

8 October 2017


14:00 - 15:00: Writing and Study 4: paraphrasing and citation

Information Skills 4: Bibliographic referencing software - Online only

15 November 2017



14:00 - 15:00: Writing and Study 5: quotation and citation

Information Skills 5: Article searching with Primo -  Online only

22 November 2017


14:00 - 15:00: Writing and Study 6: essay structures: the nature of argument

Information Skills 6: Research at home: working on and off campus - Online only

29 November 2017



14:00 - 15:00: Writing and Study 7: drawing conclusions and writing conclusions

Information Skills 7: Exploring online databases at Aber - Online only

6 November 2017



14:00 - 15:00: Writing and Study 8: revision and exam skills


Learning outcomes: On completion of the whole course it is expected that you will be able to:

  • Identify the key requirements of academic assignments
  • Work effectively with information presented and discussed in lectures and seminars ways in which the information can be used in academic assignments
  • Identify and appropriately use a range of University and external resources for assignments within the University’s guidelines for good academic practice
  • Create and maintain a clear, focused and well structured argument in written assignments
  • Manage revision time and strategies for working with exam requirements

Jointly facilitated by Student Learning Support and Information Services.