Study skills

This page provides links to helpful resources from libraries and faculties, and top tips from students.


CamGuides is a range of resources specially designed to support you as you begin your studies. Browse this website for practical skills such as referencing, reading listsand avoiding plagiarism, as well as information on what you can expect from your learning and interactions with your fellow students and academic staff 

The Cambridge Libguides platform has been updated to include information on a range of skills, tips on remote learning and reading on screens, as well as helpful guides to subject resources. 

Wolfson College Library has put together guides for academic writing, note-taking, time management and more.  

The Transkills website was specifically designed to support students starting their studies at Cambridge. It contains some subject-specific guidance for students starting courses in Biological Sciences, Divinity (though also highly recommended for all essay-writing subjects), Economics, English, Geography, History, Law and Linguistics and Modern Languages.

Some Faculty websites also have links to resources, like this study skills guide for new students in Mathematics and a short book on writing essays for Philosophy. 

The University of Cambridge training site has a central booking system for a variety of courses on study skills and software packages.

Finally, if you have concerns about your wellbeing, you might like to read a University Counselling Service guide on the transition to university. 

Top tips  

This video asked current students to reflect on what they wish they’d known before starting their studies and the tips that have helped them since!