As a university student, you may come across new ways of learning, studying and communicating. To help you thrive at university, we have developed a series of free online courses.
Enrol and boost your academic skills.
These online courses have no prerequisites and are available on FutureLearn.
Our academic skills courses
Listening skills to succeed at university
This two-week course will help you to understand the importance of active listening and show you practical strategies to help you improve your listening skills for academic success.
Skills to succeed at university
Prepare for university and master academic skills essential for undergraduates studying in the UK. In Skills to Succeed at University, you will pick up top tips and first-hand advice on how to start and thrive at university from current students who came to the University of Leeds through different routes, such as after completing a BTEC, A-levels or as mature students.
Preparing to learn online at university
Learning to work in an online environment is an essential skill not only for the university but also later on in life. In this course, you will explore different approaches to online learning and develop practical skills that will enable you to become an effective online learner at a university level. By the end of the course, you’ll have mastered the independent study skills and tools for online learning that work for you.
Critical thinking at university: an introduction
Critical thinking is a vital skill at university and later in life. University study introduces you to new concepts, ways of learning and requires you to think critically. This course will show you what critical thinking skills you need at the university level, how they can be applied to different disciplines and how to use practical strategies to develop these skills for a successful academic life.
Interdisciplinary learning: working across disciplines
Real-life problems are too complex to be solved by a single field of study. That’s why learning to work across different disciplines is a vital skill in our modern society. Join this course to understand what interdisciplinary learning is, the challenges of working in an interdisciplinary environment and practical strategies to overcome them. This is an essential course if you are doing or thinking of starting an interdisciplinary degree or research.
Introduction to research ethics: working with people
Research ethics is vital when using social research methods like questionnaires or interviews. Non-ethical research may put research subjects at risk and could jeopardise the validity of your findings. Join this course and learn the principles of ethical research and how to manage people in sensitive and appropriate ways. You will consider issues like gaining consent and making sure personal information is handled safely.