Preparing for study

Whether you’re a new or returning student or postgraduate researcher, are joining us on campus or remotely, find guidance on how to prepare for your studies.

We’re following the UK government’s advice on social distancing, which means teaching activities with large numbers of students will go ahead using digital technology. Teaching in small-group settings, including seminars, tutorials and practicals, will be delivered face to face on campus, where it can be done safely. If you’re unable to travel to campus immediately, you’ll have remote access to all the support services and teaching resources you need for your studies.  


Whether you are a new or returning student, this year is likely to be different as we all adapt to the changing circumstances. There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for a higher proportion of online study: 

Explore our new webpages on Becoming an Online Learner, which cover: 

  • Tools to support your online learning 
  • Online communication and collaboration 
  • Active learning 
  • Wellbeing online 
  • Managing your time online 

Take our free FutureLearn course designed to help you Prepare to Study Online at University. The course will help you to: 

  • Develop effective online learning strategies 
  • Produce useful and reflective notes to support online study 
  • Contribute meaningfully to online learning discussions 
  • Collaborate productively online 
  • Find, evaluate and use online information to develop your own opinion 


Are you starting an undergraduate degree this year? Access our Flying Start resource, which will help you to improve your academic skills and explore new ways of learning before you start at University. 

If you are starting a Masters degree you’ll be able to access our online Prepare for Postgrad guide (requires University username and password), designed to help your transition to Masters level study. You can also explore our award-winning Step Up to Masters resource, which is designed to help you to reflect on your previous study experience, identify your strengths and areas for improvement, and explore opportunities at Leeds to further develop your academic skills and make a successful step up to taught postgraduate study. 


If you are starting your second year of undergraduate study, we recommend you visit our Second Year Success resource. Your second year will mark a step up from the previous year, and you may notice that you are required to work more independently, read more material and produce longer and more in-depth written assignments. Second Year Success will help you to reflect on what you learnt in your first year of study, and to develop your skills further for a successful second year and beyond. 

Undergraduate or taught postgraduate students who are going to undertake a research project this academic year are encouraged to access our Final Chapter resource. It is designed to help you throughout the process, from starting off and choosing your topic, through to researching, structuring your chapters and writing up. In each section, you will find advice and guidance that can be incorporated into different types of project, as well as tips from students and academic staff. 


Our Skills@Library service provides year-round, online support to develop your skills for academic study, including:  

  • online workshops on a wide range of academic skills topics;  
  • bookable online 1-1 appointments for academic skills and for maths & statistics support;  
  • comprehensive webpages with support and guidance on developing your academic skills, from finding information to critical thinking, from academic writing through to referencing. The webpages also include worked examples and guidance across numerous branches of mathematics and statistics 
  • the Skills@Library blog for the latest study tips, advice and more from fellow students and our team of Learning Advisors 


Leeds University Library has a huge range of online resources. This includes access to millions of journal articles, over 500,000 electronic books and dozens of databases and search tools. eBooks and other e-resources are all available through Library Search. If you are accessing them from home, you might be asked to enter your University username and password.  

You can also access your module reading lists online; they include links to the Library record for each item, including those that are available online.   

Visit the Library website for the latest information on its click-and-collect service for borrowing items and on the availability of study spaces.