Study Skills

Welcome to Study Skills

Welcome to the new Study Skills website. On this site you will find a comprehensive range of study skills information, which should assist you to become a more confident student at Charles Darwin University. The information will make it easier for you to understand your lecturer’s expectations when they set you assessment tasks. Knowing how to write academic essays and reports, become a critical thinker and effectively read and understand academic texts, is vital if you wish to succeed as a student and scholar.

Your lecturers and tutors will advise you about the skills you are expected to acquire and demonstrate while studying for your degree. They will set assignments and exams designed to test and develop a range of academic and transferable skills. However, as you may have already discovered, studying at university is very different from previous study you may have done. Ultimately, you are in control of your own learning. Developing your study skills is an integral part of your life as a university student.

The site has been designed to give you the information in an accessible way. You can access the information on this site by selecting a topic on the navigation bar at the right of the screen. Each heading opens to include more information about the particular skill. Alternatively, you can click on one of the links below this introduction.

If you require any additional information on study skills and would like to further your understanding of academic culture and study skills, please contact staff in the Academic Language and Learning Success Program at who run free workshops for internal and external students and one on one consultations.

The Study Skills website contains the following content:

Academic assignments

Academic writing

Critical thinking



Lectures and tutorials

Note making

Research and reading

Managing your studies

Videos and interactives

For further information contact ALLSP on (08) 89467459