SKIP Programme

SKIP is a SKills Induction Programme which has been developed over several years by the Open Learning Unit. It aims to help you to:

  • become a successful independent learner
  • know what is expected during your studies at DIS
  • apply your study skills to modules, coursework and assignments throughout your studies


SKIP is delivered to distance learners:

  • At study school with online support via our virtual learning environment

SKIP is delivered to campus-based students:

  • For postgraduate programmes, through a series of workshops during Semester One with online support via the Blackboard learning environment


SKIP is designed to encourage you to:

  • ask questions
  • look at examples
  • have a go at different approaches to a skill
  • share experiences and ideas


Your SKIP at DIS may include the following workshops:

  • Meet DIS and your Programme: orientation, expectations, and programme quiz.
  • Tips for successful independent learning including sources of support and advice.
  • Time management.
  • IT Drop in: how to access and use your online support system.
  • Citations questions and answers: DIS Citation Guide and plagiarism, followed by a practical session introducing EndNote.
  • Retrieving and managing subject information through effective reading and note-taking.
  • Critical reading for your degree.
  • Writing skills: creating, managing, organising, editing and presenting written information.
  • Writing formats: applying writing skills to various formats e.g. essay, report, literature review.
  • Numeracy skills: an introduction to reading and understanding data, number or budget information.
  • Presentation skills: design and preparation of presentations for particular audiences, followed by a practical session introducing PowerPoint.
  • Examination skills: guidance, tips of advice, ways to cope with stress, past papers and online mock exams.
  • Reflection skills and self-evaluation of academic progress.
  • Dissertation skills: introduced at specially timetabled days.
  • Personal Development Planning through various Careers Office and CILIP workshops.