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Despite the challenges that COVID-19 has presented, we have been really impressed with how many of you have stepped up and continued to build on your academic and online skills recently.

If you’re feeling like you could do with an extra confidence boost over the final weeks of summer, or are simply determined to shift your mindset from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’, there’s plenty of help and support available from Library and Learning Services as you prepare for your return to campus.

UniSkills Online

A great place to start, particularly if you’d prefer to study in your own time and at your own pace, is the UniSkills webpages. They’re available 24/7, with guidance, videos and interactive online toolkits full of handy tips and tricks to help you to brush up on everything from assignment planning, to critical thinking, punctuation, proofreading and much more.

Academic Resilience

Nurturing your academic resilience can help you face any challenges or setbacks you encounter during your time at university. From receiving a disappointing mark or feedback, to losing belief in your academic abilities, the UniSkills Grow Your Academic Resilience interactive online toolkit delves into the fascinating theory behind adopting a ‘growth’ or ‘gritty’ mindset, and how this can help you thrive at university. Discover how to set meaningful goals, create an effective action plan and reflect on your progress so far.

UniSkills Webinars

UniSkills webinars will be returning this coming autumn, and you’ll be able to book from our UniSkills workshops webpage You will be able to choose from a range of topics to help you dive deeper into a specific skill that will support you on your academic journey. But with no limit to how many UniSkills webinars you attend, why choose just one. You can develop a wide range of academic skills for our vast array of sessions including:

  • Finding Academic Information
  • Develop Your Academic Writing
  • Being Critical
  • Harvard Referencing

If you are starting as a new student at Edge Hill this autumn term, be sure to check out the Getting Started With UniSkills webpages available to help you prepare during the summer.

1-2-1 Virtual Appointments

If you are already back in the swing of your studies, don’t forget you can book a 1-2-1 virtual appointment with the UniSkills Academic Skills Advisors all year around. These are great if you have a specific assignment, or piece of research, you would like support with. Academic Skills Advisors can help you develop your academic writing and referencing skills and show you how to find and navigate online resources.

LinkedIn Learning

If you want to increase your skills in other areas, such as IT or personal and professional development, then try out LinkedIn Learning. It’s free for EHU students to use and has over 10,000 online courses, covering everything from Arithmetic to Zoom. We have even created some LinkedIn Learning playlists to get you started, on topics such as public speaking and employability skills. Visit the Library and Learning Services LinkedIn Learning webpages to find out more about how to access and get the most out of LinkedIn Learning

Online Learning and Digital Skills

We’re currently working on a series of online (interactive) guides to help support the development of your digital skills; from accessing and attending your online support appointments and webinars in Blackboard Collaborate and MS Teams to using online teaching tools. There is also help and support on the Library and Learning Services webpages and within the Frequently Asked Questions ‘Ask Us’ service. 

So, what’s stopping you? If you want to reconnect, avoid that ‘summer slide’ and get a head start for the new term we’re here to help you achieve that!

You can get in touch with the Catalyst Helpdesk virtually by email or live chat; weekdays 8am – 8pm and weekends 10am – 6pm or

Visit the Library and Learning Services Opening Times webpage for up to date information on accessing Catalyst.