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Academic skills

The University Academic Skills Centre, located in the University’s Main Library, supports all new undergraduate students to develop their mathematical, academic writing and general academic skills.

The Academic Skills Centre provides drop-in support sessions to help students to become better prepared for the mathematical components of their studies; plus sessions to help students improve their general academic skills and writing.

In addition to the drop-in support sessions, the centre has a comprehensive general academic skills and writing workshop programme.

To contact the Centre email

Supporting your transition to university

The transition to a new way of learning can be a challenge. To help you prepare for the differences of studying at undergraduate level we have the following interactive resources.

Preparing for learning: Why wait?

Do you want to begin to work on developing the academic skills you will need to be successful on your course? Before you’ve even registered you can try a taster of our interactive skills4study Campus resources on ‘Preparing for Academic Study’.

Getting to grips with your studies

Get to grips with what it is like to study at a university such as Birmingham with our interactive study skills materials site Skills4Uni.

Mathematics and statistics resources

Mathematics and statistics are relevant to many discipline areas; however, many students experience difficulties with these subjects as they begin their university studies. The Centre will be a place where students from all disciplines can receive additional help with the mathematical and statistical content of their courses.

Additionally, there is a range of mathematics and statistics resources freely available online that might help with your transition to university: