Writing and Study Resources

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Our online study skills resources are available 24/7

The Student Learning team has created a suite of online academic writing and study resources that you can access at any time, from anywhere. 

Click on the tabs below to find bespoke resources on the key academic skills you need to succeed at university. Where support is not provided by our service, we have included links to the relevant services within DCU. 

Discover Assignment Writing is a short interactive course on how to write a clear and focused academic paper. Topics include: 

  • What is academic writing?
  • Essays
  • Other types of assignments
  • Citing and referencing
  • Feedback and support

Further Academic Writing support is provided by the Writing Centre. You can visit the Writing Centre website for in-depth Academic Writing resources, including how-to videos, interactive courses, and detailed infographics

Citing and Referencing support is provided by the DCU Library. Please visit the Library website for resources, including style guides and how-to videos, reference management tools, workshops and individual support. 

Discover Research Skills is a short interactive course on how to find appropriate, high-quality information for your assignments. Topics include: 

  • Searching databases
  • Effective search techniques
  • Selecting quality sources
  • Citing and referencing

Further Research Skills support is provided by the DCU Library. You can log on to LETS: Library E-Tutorial for Students, for more in-depth resources on how to locate, evaluate and use information effectively. You can also find specific information for your discipline in the relevant Subject Guide for your area. 

Discover Critical Thinking and Writing is a short interactive course that will help you develop your critical thinking and writing skills. Topics include: 

  • Critical thinking strategies
  • Critical writing tips

Discover Organisational Skills is a short interactive course on organisation and time management for university students. Topics include: 

  • Manage your studies
  • Organise your study space
  • Take charge of your time
  • Beat procrastination

Discover Note Taking and Effective Reading is a short interactive course that will help you make the most of your lectures and readings. Topics include: 

  • Note taking tips
  • Effective reading strategies

Discover Groupwork and Presentations is a short interactive course that provides practical tips on working with others and giving presentations. Topics include: 

  • Managing groupwork
  • Delivering presentations

Discover Exam Success is a short interactive course on effective learning strategies and optimal exam performance. Topics include: 

  • Preparation for study
  • Active learning strategies
  • Exam performance
  • After the exams

Support with Mathematics is provided by the Maths Learning Centre.

Discover Technology is a short online course that will help you make the most of the digital tools for learning available to DCU students. Topics include:

  • Virtual learning environment (Loop)
  • Your ePortfolio
  • University systems
  • Communicating with your lecturers and classmates

Further support with technology is provided by ISS (Information Systems Services).