Academic skills

Every student arrives at Essex with the same spirit of determination but different experiences of education and levels of academic readiness. Skills for Success can help you identify your talents and strengthen those areas you need to develop.

Writing skills

Undergraduate writing skills

Resources and support to help you improve your writing skills including note taking and essay writing.

Postgraduate writing skills

Find out about writing skills at postgraduate level.

Academic integrity, authorship and plagiarism

Develop your understanding of academic integrity, authorship and plagiarism. Learn how to reference correctly.


Guidance about good practice in relation to third-party proofreading of student work.

Maths, stats, and digital skills

Maths and stats support

Find out about the maths, stats, numeracy and problem-solving skills support you can access.

Numeracy assessment and modules

Find out about the numeracy assessment and modules for students in certain academic departments.

Research and referencing skills

Referencing skills

Find out about the different types of referencing styles and systems.

Research skills

Support and guidance to help you with your research.

English language skills

Essex English Language Assessment

If English is not your first language, you'll need to sit a short English language assessment.

Academic English classes

Academic English classes to support you if English is not your first language.

English support classes for dependants

The Department of Language and Linguistics offers dependants of international students and staff free English classes.

Workshops and other support

Exam revision

Find out about the support you can access to help you with your exam revision.


A range of workshops run throughout the year to help you develop your academic skills.

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