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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.

Maximise Your Academic Potential

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. The sessions vary each term as they follow round the pattern of the academic year. 

For example:

  • Searching effectively for dissertation resources
  • How to revise effectively in the run up to exams
  • How statistical tests are used, with all their advantages and limitations.

Here is a sample Maximise your Potential programme for the Michaelmas term 2019.

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.

Subject specific skills

Our Directors of Studies also work with the Student Office to provide additional support to students in their subject areas. This ranges from trips to museums specialising in animal anatomy to talks from experts in specific areas of legal practices. Your Director of Studies can also give you extra help by referring you to one of the College’s additional teaching supports such as the Royal Literary Fund Fellow for help with essay writing or our coaching or academic skills experts for a one-to-one session.

Other study resources

The University has prepared some resources about study skills that you may well find valuable, including “Camguides”.  You can browse the University’s Camguides here.

The CrashCourse channel on YouTube also has helpful information on study skills. You can view the CrashCourse videos on study skills here.

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