Study Skills

Developing study skills is a crucial element in being successful, both in Level 3 qualifications and for transitioning to higher education. We have created a range of presentations, worksheets and information resources to help identify and develop the skills needed to successfully complete Level 3 qualifications and progress onto studying at university.

We have categorised our study skills resources into two areas; 

Academic Skills**These skills are beneficial for both Level 3 and Higher Education level study
EPQ Specific Support**These resources relate directly to the Extended Project Qualification that can be taken at Level 3

Academic Skills

Academic skills such as referencing, academic writing and evaluating sources of information are crucial skills to develop in order to be successful at higher education. These skills are applicable across all degree areas studied at university and, when done correctly, can increase the quality of work produced and reduce the stress of submitting assignments. We have collated some of the key areas required to be successful academically and identified ways in which to succeed in these areas.

There is an expectation at higher education level study that students use a variety of sources within their work. These sources can include journals, books, websites and news articles and help validate the content used throughout assignments.

Download our evaluating sources of information presentation

Download our how to do a critical analysis guide

Presenting is a commonly used assessment technique at university. This can be daunting so we have collated different styles and techniques to consider and have identified some key considerations to help reduce nerves when presenting.

Download our powerpoint on giving the perfect presentation

One of the main changes when progressing from Level 2 work into Level 3 and beyond is having to cite and reference content within your work. Referencing the sources that you have used helps add credibility to your work and gives recognition to the researchers that conducted that work. Referencing also gives signposts throughout your work to the reader so that they can find out more information if they wish to.

Download our referencing, citing and plagiarism presentation

Download our how to cite and reference guide

EPQ Specific Support

Completing an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) whilst at school or college can be a perfect introduction to academic writing and the process of completing higher education based assignments. Many of the skills required to be successful within the EPQ are identified above in our Academic Skills section, in addition to the resources below specifically relating to the EPQ.

Choosing an EPQ project topic or title can be daunting when starting the qualification; however, this is a really exciting opportunity to explore an area in-depth and showcase they passion a student has for that topic, so it is important to choose the right topic. 

Download our preparing for your EPQ presentation

We have also created some activities and templates that will help in the preparation for an EPQ project. These will help with generating ideas for a topic and title and also with collating the key information relating to your project

Download our EPQ mind mapping activity

Download our EPQ project proposal template

Making sure that the EPQ report is structured correctly can make the difference between a good project and a great project. As a writer, you want to make sure that you get across all of the key messages of your work in an engaging way that showcases your project in a positive light. Structuring your work well will help the reader navigate your project and in some cases in higher education actually count towards your end grade.

Download our how to structure your EPQ presentation

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Students have the opportunity to produce a piece of work that's truly individual and can demonstrate to universities that they are enthusiastic about the subject they're applying to study.

Admissions team
The University of Derby