- Student Studyhub
Academic literacies
| Developing a digital student | Developing notemaking and reflective learning | IBL & PBL: problems and projects | Promoting dicussion
Promoting reading | Reading List | Resources | Simulations and role plays | Visual and creative strategies
Writing - mastering 'skills' | Writing - Writing in the Disciplines/Writing across the Curriculum



Academic literacies

Academic literacies can be taught within and outwith the curriculum. Most typically they are about de-mystifying academic genres and processes and helping students learn how to study, learn and communicate effectively.

ALL of the activities included in this Take5 project constitute academic literacies in our eyes; more typically the activities listed below are what most people think of when they think ‘Academic Literacies’, ‘Academic Support’ or ‘Study Skills’.

All the topics below can be delivered as taught sessions within any module – at any level – or they can be investigated by students as part of their research - and are all supported by resources on our Study Hub:

Tip: Set groups of students the task of researching a particular study area using the Study Hub – they then have to run an interactive workshop designed to teach best practice to their peers.

If you would like suggestions and resources on any of these topics please email:  or

  • Six steps to success: overview of the what, why and how of studying and learning.
  • Notemaking: what, why, how
  • Academic reading: what, why how
  • Academic writing#1 free write and discussion
  • Presentations: what, why, how
  • Positive thinking in the academic environment.
  • The University as a site of research and knowledge production; the student as producer of knowledge.
  • Research Project: what, why, how.
  • The Get Ahead Conference: What could it look like? What needs to happen to make a Conference? What do Becoming students want to do?
  • Academic writing #2: The academic essay: why; what; how
  • Group work strategies: build a tower, construct an unbreakable egg container
  • Research methods#1: Exploring qualitative and Quantitative Research. What is positivism? What is relativism? What is ontology? What is epistemeology?
  • Research methods#2: qualitative plus: use of videos, drawing, zigzag writing, poetry and prose in research. Extension: at a later date re-visit collaborative writing as a mode of inquiry. Conduct a zig-zag discussion in the lecture room. Write – swap – write again. Reflect on the activity. Free write on using collaborative writing and the zig zag method as a research strategy in your research. Peer review your writing.
  • Research methods#3: questionnaires, focus groups; Ethics. Practitioner as researcher: