Recommended Academic Skills Resource

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The Skills Centre, University of Bath  recommends The Academic Skills Handbook - an essential skills resource for all new and returning students.

Written by  UoB Skills Centre Course Leaders, Diana Hopkins and Tom Reid  - with support and assignment contributions from University of Bath students.

Designed to build your confidence and help you excel in your studies.

An ALL-IN-ONE Skills Toolkit will help you get started on:

  • Essays (Various Types)
  • Lab Reports
  • Business and Management Reports
  • Presentations & Posters
  • Group Working
  • Effective Reading and Note-taking
  • Listening & Note-taking in Lectures
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis
  • Seminars
  • Academic Style and Academic Grammar
  • Exam Skills

Also includes:

  • Chapter Diagnostics to help identify and address your skills needs
  • Online Samples Library of real, distinction level student assignments - annotated with key structural and language features

There are 8 copies in the University Library

SAGE Offer: 25% discount + Free P&P with exclusive UoB code  - UK13STBTH

Also available at Amazon and all major booksellers.


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  • How does the book look like inside? Do you have samples? I went to the library and they were all gone. There is also no reference copy for me to look at sadly

    • Hi Rachelle,
      Thanks again for your comment.
      I will put in a request in the library for a reference copy. The book is designed to be easy to use and navigate.. with chapter diagnostics that point you to the pages and sections most relevant to your needs. We recommned you start with the onlinesamples bank, where you can find real distinction level student essays that we have annotated for vital structural and language features.. You can have a look at these here:
      If you have any more questions or would like more information, email me on