Short Courses

Study Support Sessions

Taking one of our credit courses can involve learning new study skills, and we offer support for all students to help with studying and assessment.

We provide a range of resources on our Centre for Open Learning: Student Information LEARN hub, and we encourage all students writing essays to attend our study skills workshops.

The following live study skill sessions are available to attend for Credit Students: 

LibSmart +: Your Library Research Starts Here

The University Library is a huge digital resource that you can access wherever you are. LibSmart will give you the confidence you need to make the best use of library resources for your studies.

You’ll learn how to locate the reading for your course, find Library buildings, use e-books and e-journals, and use resources to carry out research for a report or essay.

The course supports you to develop good academic practice, including constructing a search strategy, critically evaluating sources, and using tools for citing and referencing.

The course will be delivered by the Academic Support Librarian team. Students will complete five LibSmart modules followed by additional time required to write and submit an assessment piece.

Key Information:

  • This is an 5-week online course and runs every Thursday from 5-6pm for five weeks. The course starts on Thursday 6th October 2022.
  • This course is open to students studying a credit short course at the Centre for Open Learning only.
  • Optional library visits and tours will be offered to the Main Library and /or other University site libraries depending on the interests of the students on the course.

There are no new dates planned for this course yet.

Study Skills: Essay Writing & Referencing Sessions Available

Essay Writing - This study skills workshop includes discussion and exercises designed to help you with researching, planning and writing your essay.

Referencing - This study skills workshop includes guidance on good academic practice, referencing and citations, giving you an opportunity to discuss referencing requirements and any questions you may have.

Please note that no advance preparation is necessary for these sessions, but Short Courses credit students will find it useful to look at the study skills materials provided on the Centre for Open Learning: Student Information LEARN pages.

You will have the option to attend these sessions either in-person or online. You will receive details of how to join these sessions no later than 24 hours before the start of the event.


Term 2

Monday 20 February 2023 | 17:00 - 18:00 | Online 


Monday 6 March 2023 | 17:00 - 18:00 | Online


Tuesday 14 March 2023 | 13:00 - 14:00 | Drop-In session, In-person

Come along to the Study Skills Drop-In Session on Tuesday 14 March in Paterson's Land, Room G36A. 

This session will cover both Referencing and Essay Writing.

No need to book, just drop-in.


Troubleshooting and Additional Support

If you require further support accessing and using any of the University systems, including how to use the University systems to submit assessments, please contact us directly and we arrange a time to help you. Please email or call 0131 650 4400.

IT and Computer Help

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