Student learning in libraryAs a student on a degree with University Centre St Helens, you are able to access a range of free workshops that will help you to develop the higher level academic writing skills needed for
success at degree level.

Delivered from the main library at the St Helens Town Centre Campus, students can attend one or all of the sessions, covering key topics including the importance of correct referencing, identifying reliable resources, avoiding plagiarism and general academic integrity. In addition to this, those who attend will complete several exercises around in-text referencing and writing bibliographies, ensuring all attendees leave their chosen session(s) with a confident grasp and understanding of what is required when writing at a higher level.

Sessions available throughout the academic year include:

College and Partner University Resources

This session introduces students to the University Centre St Helens Library resources, the appropriate partner University Library resources and other key sources of information, required for use at undergraduate level.

Identifying Reliable Resources/Evaluating Sources

Providing students with the skills needed to successfully evaluate different resources, academic or otherwise, this session provides a particular focus on websites and the reliability and value of information available, whilst offering skills that are transferable to other methods of research.

Referencing (APA or Harvard) and Academic Integrity

This session will cover the importance of correct academic referencing, plagiarism and academic integrity; vital skills for writing at undergraduate level. Students will complete several exercises around in-text referencing and writing bibliographies.

Advanced Searching

Introducing students to advanced searching techniques, in particular Boolean Search Operators. This session will teach you how to apply these techniques to various online resources.

Time Management and Organisation

This session will allow students to assess their own time management, identifying strategies to improve time management and encourage discussions around solutions to common organisational problems.

All sessions will support students in developing analytical and evaluative writing, revision skills, critical thinking, editing and proofreading skills.