If your academic skills could do with a refresh this summer, then there’s plenty of help and support available to you from Library and Learning Services. Getting ahead of the game now will help to improve your skills, boost your confidence, and prepare you for your return to campus in September.

UniSkills Online

The UniSkills webpages offer a range of online resources to help develop your academic skills, including guidance, videos, and interactive online toolkits.

It’s all available 24/7 – there are lots of handy tips and tricks to help you brush up on everything from proofreading and punctuation to critical thinking and assignment planning and much more.

If you’re a new student at Edge Hill, make sure you check out the Getting Started with UniSkills webpages available to help you prepare for studying with us.

Academic Resilience with UniSkills

The last 18 months have been a real challenge for most of us, but undoubtedly we’ve all become more resilient because of it. However, we’re mindful that for some of you, returning to your studies may be a daunting prospect.

To help you get prepared, the UniSkills team have put together a great interactive online toolkit around growing your academic resilience.

Delving into the fascinating theory behind adopting a ‘growth’ mindset and how this can help you thrive at university, the toolkit is a resource which will support you to find practical tools, set meaningful goals and create an effective action plan going forward.

1-2-1 Virtual Appointments

Throughout the summer, 1-2-1 appointments with the UniSkills Academic Advisors are available for advice and support with your academic skills.

These are great if you have a specific assignment, or piece of research that you would like support with.

Our Academic Advisors can help to develop your skills in academic reading, writing, and referencing, as well as provide guidance on finding the appropriate resources to aid your research.

UniSkills Webinars

UniSkills webinars will be returning for the new academic year and will be available to book on the workshops webpage.

These online sessions are an opportunity to dive deeper into a specific skill that will develop your academic journey. There are a vast number of sessions to choose from, including:

  • Academic writing
  • Harvard referencing
  • Reading academic texts
  • Conducting a literature review

LinkedIn Learning

If you want to develop your skills in other areas such as IT, public speaking, or professional development, then take part in a LinkedIn Learning course.

LinkedIn Learning is free for EHU students and provides unlimited access to thousands of online courses and video tutorials.

We have even created some suggested playlists to help you get started, including creating effective presentations and improving your employability skills.

Visit the Library and Learning Services webpages to find out more about how to access and get the most out of LinkedIn Learning.

Online Learning

There are now a number of guides available from Library and Learning Services to support you with your online learning.

Whether you want to know more about our Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard) or you need some tips for using Microsoft Teams, the guides are available online 24/7.

For further help and support, you can contact the Catalyst Helpdesk virtually via email and live chat (weekdays 8.00am to 8.00pm and weekends 10.00am to 6.00pm), or or you can see answers to a range of Frequently asked Questions on the ‘Ask Us’ page.

Visit the webpages for up-to-date information on the opening hours of both Catalyst (Ormskirk) and St James (Manchester) libraries.