Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

LearnBetter Essentials

LearnBetter Essentials: a selection of factsheets on core study development and learning topics, including academic reading, writing, reflection, and revision and exams.

Accessible versions of all the materials on these pages will be available on LearnBetter.

Starting your University studies

Information sheets to help you adjust to ways of working at university, e.g. understanding expectations | managing your time | making notes in lectures.


Downloadable factsheets on: Choosing academic material | Reading for assignments | Reading a research paper | Using a book | Reading critically


Factsheets on: Writing essays | Getting your ideas in order | Developing writing in paragraphs | Approaches to writing: drafting & revising | Reports | Scientific writing: lab books & reports


Information sheets on: reflection as an aid for learning | reflective writing | reflective journal

Revision and exams

Downloadable information sheets on: effective approaches to revision | answering exam essay questions | answering multiple choice questions | short answer questions