Embedding academic skills
Academic skills are those skills that allow students to be successful in their studies. Many of these skills sit on a continuum with graduate skills, which will allow our students to be successful employees and citizens.
Academic skills (PDF*) can be grouped in a variety of ways and include:
- communication skills
- working with others
- assessment skills
- academic numeracy
- critical analysis/problem solving
- reflective/self monitoring skills
- managing university
- study management
Information literacy is another important skill for success. The differences between academic skills and information literacy are discussed on video** by Lindy Kimmins (LTSU) and Kaye Cumming (USQ Library).
Academic skill development in your teaching
Student academic skills can be developed in a variety of ways. The most effective way is through explicit development in your teaching linked with assessment. Their development does not have to mean extra work for you, rather to designed to build student success and enhance the development of some graduate qualities.
A series of templates for communication skill development (essay structure; grammar and style; oral presentations; paragraphs; question analysis; reading at university; referencing; report writing) have been developed in ICE. These are flexible and can be easily adapted to your course.
USQ exemplars of good practice
Dr John Willison
: Research Skills Development (RSD) framework and examples for academic skills development, seminar, interview and online resources.
(LTSU) and Kaye Cumming (USQ Library) discuss the differences between academic skills and information literacy on video**
Resources for students
The Learning Centre provides a suite of online and face-to-face resources, which can refer students to or incorporate in your teaching. Specially useful are:
If you have any queries, contact a LTSU representative.
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