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Study skills and strategies are paramount to your success at Cambridge. More than that, they help you to develop vital life and work skills such as time management, effective note-taking and delivering presentations.

We want you to get the most out of your academic studies and ultimately the best results you can on your chosen Tripos or Masters course. So we run a special programme, open to all our undergraduate and graduate students, called “Maximise Your Potential” which focuses on the skills, techniques, and approaches you need to perform really well academically.

We have a core list of online guides and resources available to students, accessible any time they might need them. We offer bookable 1:1 sessions, should they need help in a particular area of their studies. We also run a selection of popular group workshops each term on particular aspects of study.

The sessions and resources are available to all our undergraduate and graduate students; some are relevant to everyone, and some are specific to the level of their qualification.

Once you are a student at Lucy Cavendish, you will be able to view the Programme in detail and sign up to sessions; just ask in the Library for advice on how to do this if you are not sure.

Current Lucy members – see this term’s sessions here

Sessions and resources include, but are not limited to:

  • Time management
  • Critical reading
  • Note making
  • Writing
  • Referencing and citations
  • Zotero
  • Literature searching   
  • Study block, procrastination and perfectionism
  • General study skills – time management; note taking;
  • Writing
  • Data management/analysis and/or statistics
  • Finding information on a reading list
  • Literature searching
  • Citations and referencing
  • Bibliographic software – getting started with Zotero
  • Maths – support with maths for engineering, medicine and scientists

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