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1 Academic skills

Some of the skills that are often associated with studying are:

  • reading for a purpose
  • note-taking
  • essay writing
  • selecting and using relevant parts of a course
  • thinking about ideas and theories
  • considering other perspectives
  • reflecting on your own learning.

Transferable skills, such as communication, organisational and problem-solving skills are equally useful when you are studying in what we might call the ‘real world’.

As you now know, the ‘real world’ and academic study are not completely separate from each other. Many everyday skills can be useful for becoming a successful student and academic skills can have useful applications in everyday life. Being able to use academic skills in the real world can help you get used to being a student and to see this role as part of who you are – and vice versa.