MyLearning - preparing for your course


There are some skills that you will need to get the most out of your programme of study. This will include the ‘hard’ skills specific to your discipline including research skills, maths and statistics skills, using particular software and communicating information academically; but they will also include a range of ‘soft’ skills like time management, organisation and critical thinking. 

You will have developed a range of relevant skills during your previous educational experiences and the University of Sheffield will support you in transferring these skills into higher education and assist you in making a successful transition into your course. In addition to the support available to you when you arrive, you may also find it helpful to visit our pre-entry resources. These could help you to prepare for your course and to make a positive start to your studies.

Level Up Your Academic Skills with 301 Academic Skills Centre

The 301 Academic Skills Centre have developed the Level Up Your Academic Skills programme, a study skills resource for new and prospective students, covering the skills that you will need as you begin your studies. There are also a number of resources available for prospective students within our Study Skills Online pages.

When you arrive at The University of Sheffield, 301 Academic Skills Centre provides workshops, 1:1 appointments and online resources to enhance your academic skills for success on your course and beyond. This includes, maths and statistics, study skills, peer learning, student research and much more. 

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The University Library

The University Library provides a range of services to support your learning including access to extensive information resources, a wide range of flexible learning environments, and the support you need to achieve your learning goals and develop your research skills. See our research skills and critical thinking tutorials for school and college students to develop your skills and enhance your academic work, while also supporting your transition to university level study. 

You can also explore our full range of research skills and critical thinking tutorials, videos, and guides designed to develop your skills in discovering, understanding, questioning, referencing, creating and disseminating information. 

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The English Language Teaching Centre

The English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) offers a wide range of English language courses and services for University students and departments, as well as the public. Whether you are interested in studying at the University, are a student already or are simply looking to improve your English, our activities, services and resources could be for you. The ELTC has developed a variety of interactive academic literacy self-study workbooks, and some are available to you as prospective students. 

Once you are a university student, the ELTC is here to support you with your academic language and literacy through a wide variety of services including short courses, workshops, bookable 1:1 tutorials for writing and speaking, department based bespoke courses, credit bearing modules, SpLD tutorials and online resources. 

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A global reputation

Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. We're a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.