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Your skills

Thinking about your skills

Year 2 students say that they wish they were better prepared for the demands of their course and that they need a range of higher level skills for their studies:

  • Effective time management skills enabling them to balance the demands of study and social life
  • A range of skills including academic writing, research and presentation skills.

Year 2 students say that sometimes they don’t realise the relevance of skills development sessions at the time but come to appreciate the value of these later.

How can you help yourself?

Here’s a checklist of things to do to get ready for Year 2:

  • Get organised – plan how you are going to spend your time; review your commitments and your priorities.
  • Read Year 2 student Kristie’s top 10 tips for studying: Student blog: 10 top tips for getting organised.
  • Read Year 2 student Isabel’s thoughts on balancing social life and studies: Student Blog: Thoughts on getting ready for Year 2.
  • For many Year 2 courses, academic writing will become increasingly important as you progress through your studies. In her student blog, Year 3 student Shavani has some practical suggestions for developing essay writing skills Student Blog: Thoughts on essay writing.
  • Identify the skills that you will need for Year 2 and plan how you will develop them.
  • Seek out the experiences of previous Year 2 students – what can you learn from them?
  • Sign up for skills sessions and workshops on offer in your department, Student Careers & Skills and the library.
  • Get to know more about how you can develop personally and professionally by joining the Sprint Programme for female undergraduates. For more information click here.
How can the university help me?

Personal Tutors will advise you about the ways that you can develop your skills.

The Undergraduate Skills Programme workshops bring together a range of the development opportunities on offer to undergraduates.

Online Moodle courses include:

The Library’s Get WISe - Warwick Information Skills has online resources to help you prepare for Year 2.

The Undergraduate Research Support Scheme - URSS will give you an opportunity to enhance your research skills supported by a bursary and relevant skills development training.


Living in Leamington Spa means that I have to organise my time and my self more efficently, which I actually quite enjoy!

URSS has been a great enrichment of my time at Warwick, an unparalleled chance to indulge academically in a subject that interests me most, (URSS student)

URSS is a great opportunity to apply some of the Physics I have learnt as part of my degree to a new and challenging subject area, (URSS student)