Learning

Online resources

Clicking a category heading will reveal online links and resources. There are many such sites available, but as a starting point, the following sites cover a wide range of topics. Remember that these are written for students at many different levels; you may have to explore to find what's useful for you.

 

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Academic writing

  • Planning and writing essays docx
  • Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation docx
    Advice from the Student Learning Advisory Service at the University of Kent
  • Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation - quick quide docx
    Advice from the Student Learning Advisory Service at the University of Kent
  • Report Wrting - quick guide docx
    Advice from the Student Learning Advisory Service at the University of Kent
  • Visit the University of Kent's English Language Unit web site. Very useful links on academic English and study skills
  • The Writing Web site
    Designed by the School of English at the University of Kent
  • skills4study
    Follow links to Study Skills and Writing
  • Writing guides
    From the Mantex web site, an extensive collection of reviews and details on various style guides and books on writing
  • Writing Skills
    Comprehensive advice from the University of Canberra
  • Final Year Projects
    A 'bite size' web site on final year projects by Mike Hart, Professor of Business at King Alfred's College, Winchester
  • Writer's Resource Center
    Information on non-academic writing, such as the craft of writing, writing poems, business and technology writing. Especially useful for Creative Writing students
  • Grammar Slammer
    English grammar and punctuation resources, including different letter writing styles
  • Guide to Grammar and Writing
    This Capital Community College Foundation website offers clear and accessible explanations on English grammar
  • Academic Writing in English (AWE) aims to give helpful advice to students in Higher Education in the UK, including non-native speakers
  • Typing
    Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing (no link available: see below)
    If your keyboard skills are slowing down your use of the computer, try the Mavis Beacon Typing Tutor. This is widely available for purchase, and is accessible free for University of Kent students. To use the software from any University of Kent public access PC, follow:
    Start menu > All programs > Central software > Mavis Beacon > Mavis Beacon 8

Assignment Survival Kit (ASK)

  • Assignment Survival Kit (ASK)
    The Assignment Survival Kit is an online resource to help you plan and write essay type assignments. There are tips on analysing the assignment question, researching your topic and developing a logical argument. You will also find information on referencing and avoiding plagiarism, as well as proof-reading and final editing 

 

Critical thinking and problem solving

Dissertations and theses

  • Researching an undergraduate dissertation docx
    Advice from the Student Learning Advisory Service at the University of Kent
  • Postgraduate research docx
    Advice from the Student Learning Advisory Service at the University of Kent
  • Assignment Survival Kit (ASK)
    The Assignment Survival Kit is an online resource to help you plan and write essay type assignments. There are tips on analysing the assignment question, researching your topic and developing a logical argument. You will also find information on referencing and avoiding plagiarism, as well as proof-reading and final editing

English for international students

  • Visit the University of Kent's English Language Unit website
    Very useful links on academic English and study skills

Group work

  • Skills Centre
    A comprehensive range of links and advice from the University of Leeds

Learning from lectures

Library and IT skills

  • SKILS - Skills for knowledge, information and library searching
    On-line tutorial accessible to University of Kent students only. Ideal for getting started with library skills at HE level
  • Virtual Training Suite free on-line tutorials
  • Typing
    Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing (access from Start menu - see below)
    If your keyboard skills are slowing down your use of the computer, try the Mavis Beacon Typing Tutor. This is widely available for purchase, and is accessible free for University of Kent students. To use the software from any University of Kent public access PC, follow:
    Start menu > All programs > Central software > Mavis Beacon > Mavis Beacon 8

Maths and Stats

  • Calculus pdf 2.86mb
  • Algebra pdf 2.04mb
  • Methods pdf 2.77mb
  • Discrete pdf 2.09mb
  • Maths EG is a free-to-use collection of almost 2000 mathematics questions spanning topics from GCSE to undergraduate level 2.  There are thousands of realisations of each question allowing for virtually unlimited practice.  Random parameters are incorporated into all aspects of the questions, including equations and diagrams, and in the very complete feedback screens.  It has been developed by Martin Greenhow and Abdulrahman Kamavi from Brunel University

Motivation and concentration

  • skills4study
    Advice on getting started, with additional specific sections for mature, postgraduate or international students
  • Learners and learning
    A very detailed introduction to the theory underlying issues of motivation by James Atherton. Follow the References link
  • On-line Workshop
    Exploring the subject of motivation, from the University of South Australia

Multimedia resources at the computing service

The Computing Service provides a wide range of documentation and provides support with the following multimedia tutorials:

  • Mavis Beacon Typing Tutor - learn to touch-type with this friendly typing tutor on disk, for beginners and improvers

We also provide an extensive range of on-line materials covering similar topics, available as printable downloads

Other useful study skills links

Personal development planning and key skills

Presentations and seminars

Reading and notetaking

Referencing and plagiarism

Referencing Style Guides

Revision and exams

Study skills for MBA students

Time management and planning

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