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.


Undergraduate writing skills

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

Academic integrity, authorship and plagiarism

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

Postgraduate writing skills

Find out about writing skills at postgraduate level.


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.


Referencing guides

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

Online research resources

Support and guidance to help you with your research projects.

English support classes

Academic English classes

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

English language assessment

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

English support classes for dependants

The Department of Language and Linguistics offers dependants of international students and staff free English classes through our ECDIS programme.

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.


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