Next Steps


The first three sections of Step Up to Masters have introduced some of the key academic skills you are expected to develop and demonstrate as a Masters student at Leeds. Now it is time for you to reflect on your previous study experience and your current confidence levels, and identify areas of skills development to help you make a success of your Masters degree.


How Confident Are You?

Use the sliders below to select how confident you are with the following areas of academic skills. When you have finished, click 'submit' to view personalised feedback.

1. Planning my time effectively and being organised

2. Finding appropriate academic sources for my assignments

3. Making effective notes in lectures and from reading

4. Managing a large amount of reading

5. Writing academically

6. Thinking critically and clearly expressing my ideas

7. Using correct grammar and appropriate academic language

8. Knowing why and when to cite and reference

9. Editing and proofreading my work

10. Presenting and public speaking


More from Skills@Library

For academic skills resources and information, visit our webpages.

Skills@Library run free Step Up To... workshops in the Laidlaw Library during the first few weeks of semester one. You don't have to book a place, just turn up. Look out for more information on the Skills@Library website and in campus libraries.

Library QuickStart

Find out more about the libraries at the University of Leeds, and how to make use of them, by working through our Library Quickstart guide.

Critical thinking MOOC

Our short online course, Critical thinking at university: an introduction, is for anyone who would like to improve their critical thinking skills.

Final Chapter

Our research project (dissertation) guide, Final Chapter, can help you throughout the research process; from starting off and choosing your topic, to researching, structuring your chapters, and writing up.