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Study Skills

Reading and writing

Everything you need to know about reading and writing at university

In this section, you can learn how to use a range of reading and writing skills to maximise your learning at university. If you want to learn about a specific type of writing task, visit Assignment Types.

Reading is a big part of university and you will read for many reasons. To do this efficiently and strategically, you will need to use a range of different reading skills. For instance, you use different reading skills to:

  • prepare to participate in class
  • do research for an assignment
  • study for exams.

Writing is a skill that you will need to polish throughout your studies and into your professional life. This section will help you learn to:

  • plan, draft, and proofread
  • write cohesively
  • use clear paragraphing.

Reading and writing are very closely linked. This material will also help you read so you can effectively summarise, paraphrase and synthesise sources into your writing. Follow the links below to learn more about each of these skills.

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Essay mapping tool

This tool may help you to bridge from planning to drafting by helping you arrange your sentences in a logical order. It also provides tips for each component of an essay – the introduction, body, and conclusion. 

Use mapping tool

Did you know CDU Language and Learning Advisors offer a range of study support options?


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