The University of Wolverhampton

Academic Writing Skills

Here you will find a range of recommended workshops, study guides and links to online resources and activities that will help develop your academic writing skills.


Skills for Learning run a regular programme of workshops covering a range of topics to support your studies. Below are recommended workshops that can help support your academic writing skills.

This workshop will take you through the important first stages of academic writing, including planning your time and understanding your assignment, through to starting to write, editing and proofreading your work. This workshop is the starting point of academic writing and we encourage all students to attend this workshop before moving onto critical thinking.

Take a look at our short introduction to academic writing on our YouTube channel.

Watch our short British Sign Language (BSL) video guide to academic writing.

A full list of Skills for Learning workshops can be found on our workshops webpage.

Study Guides

Guide to Planning your Assignment Word Document (146k) PDF (308k) MP3 Audio (3,781k)
Guide to Assignment Task Words Word Document (162k) PDF (319k) MP3 Audio (4,963k)
Guide to Academic Writing Word Document (155k) PDF (322k) MP3 Audio (5,686k)
Guide to Report Writing Word Document (156k) PDF (319k) MP3 Audio (4,687k)
Guide to Reflective Writing Word Document (150k) PDF (328k) MP3 Audio (5,165k)
Guide to Proofreading Word Document (152k) PDF (314k) MP3 Audio (4,577k)

You can find a full list of academic skills guides on our study guides page.

Online Resources

Here you will find a range of online resources and interactive activities which can help you expand your academic writing skills


i-Skills is an interactive guide to help you with your first weeks of study and to set you up to successfully tackle your assignments. We recommend the following sections of i-skills to help you get started with writing your assignment:

Skills4study Campus

Skills4Study Campus is a fully interactive online resource designed to help students with essential study skills.

The Writing Skills Module has lots of information and online activities to help develop your academic writing skills. Topics include: Planning, developing and improving your writing and writing for different subjects.

For more useful websites see our dedicated Online Skills Resources page.

Further Information

We recommend the following workshops to improve your information searching and referencing skills:

To write a good assignment you need to use good quality information which means that just searching Google is not enough. If you are starting out on your studies and concerned about finding suitable information then this workshop can provide a way to “get ahead” with your information searching and find the resources that count.

This workshop will introduce effective searching techniques to help you to improve your search results and locate quality information for your assignments. It will help you to use high quality resources available through the online library at the University of Wolverhampton and on the Web.

Learn the building blocks of Harvard referencing. Develop a skill that will benefit you throughout your university career. This interactive workshop includes: the importance of referencing, where to find referencing tools, and how to construct references in the Harvard style.

Study Skills books

Visit one of the Learning Centres to find a wide range of study and research skills books. These can help you learn to study effectively and develop your essential skills. You can find books on research methods, writing your dissertation or thesis, writing essays, assignments and reports, critical thinking and presentation skills.

For quick and easy access to our most popular titles, why not use our interactive book list

LS039 Guide to Useful Study Skills Books (PDF 1,600K, Downloads file)

You can also find books and e-books by searching our online library catalogue Summon.

For help with finding books and other resources please visit one of the Learning Centres or contact a member of staff via our online chat service ASSIST.


Skills for Learning drop-in sessions are for students who require additional support in developing academic skills.

We will help you to identify your skills challenges, offer advice on how to study more effectively, and recommend resources or learning activities that will help you to improve your work.

For more details and session times please see our Drop-in Sessions page.