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Functional Skills and GCSE Maths and English - FE

Study Skills and Referencing

To succeed at College you will want to develop these skills:

  • time management skills
  • planning skills
  • information literacy skills
  • critical thinking skills

There are lots of resources that will help you to develop these skills while you are at the College. You will also have library tutorials as part of your EVOLVE Future Focused sessions, that will teach you these skills!

There are lots of resources in the library that will help you to improve your writing skills. Browse the shelves at 378.1 (ask at the Help Desk if you can't find it!).

You can also talk to your Progress Coach.

Here are some books that will help you improve your writing skills: 

You might be asked to make a presentation as part of an assignment. You can find out more about presentation skills with the books below.


Don't forget to talk to your Careers Consultant and your progress Coach about this too!

But there are loads of books in the library that help you to write CVs, applications, and help you to improve your interview skills. There are also books to help you to decide what kind of job you would like after you leave College!


It's important to keep up to date with IT skills, as you will need them at College and in the workplace.

Here are some books that will help keep your skills tip-top.

When you write an assignment, you need to give the details of where your information came from. You should credit the author or creator of what you are referring to. Otherwise, your tutor could think you have made it up! It's a good idea to get into the habit of doing this from Level 2.

From Level 3 you will be expected to reference your work using the Harvard referencing style. However, always check with your tutor to find out exactly how they want you to reference.

It sounds complicated, but Cite Them Right shows you exactly how to do this. There's a book version on the shelf in each library and also an online version which you can find here (it's linked below too). You will need to log in to access the online version. 

Alternatively, you can use the Live Chat icon to ask your question. It's on the bottom right hand side of this screen.