NB For current students, please see the separate page for English Language Support resources (including details of the School's in-house English for Academic Purposes classes for London-based face-to-face students, and links to external UK-based English language courses and additional external electronic resources for all Distance Learning (DL) and London-based students).
Writing skills and referencing resources
Click for a package of materials developed by LSHTM staff to help you develop your academic English writing skills* prior to progressing with your Distance Learning (DL) or London-based face-to-face course (which will be particularly important in essay-based modules and exams, and for your research project report). The materials include an online interactive self-assessment exercise in which you are provided with immediate feedback and links to further support available on external websites.
The School also has an Academic Writing Handbook* giving general guidance about how to write in the 'academic style' the School expects (relevant for all students, including DL and London-based students). The Library and Archive Services also maintain an Academic Writing Bundle with many useful links to aid you with any academic writing such as tips on planning, structure, style and composition.
Maths and numeracy skills
Click for a package of materials developed by LSHTM staff to help you refresh your basic maths skills* prior to progressing with your Distance Learning (DL) or London-based face-to-face modules (some of which will contain basic mathematical content - in particular those with 'Statistics' or 'Epidemiology' in the module title). The basic maths materials include an online interactive self-assessment exercise (in which you are provided with immediate feedback and solutions), PowerPoint slides and a Word document of notes, exercises and solutions.
You may also find the links below of use as well:
- Math Tutor - UK-based site with video tutorials on more than eighty topics, including diagnostics, summary text and exercises (with those on arithmetic and algebra of most relevance for the majority of LSHTM MSc students)
- The Math Forum@Drexel University - a good source to find online links to a number of topics
- Maths Online
- S-Cool A Level - includes a useful statistics section under The Basics
- S-Cool GCSE - useful for indices, percentages, approximations, graphs, representing data, probability & calculators
- BBC Maths GCSE Bitesize - useful for basic algebra and number (rounding & fractions)
- BBC Maths Key Stage 3 Bitesize - useful for formulae and rounding off
Statistics and epidemiology skills
All LSHTM Distance Learning (DL) and London-based face-to-face students will receive formal teaching on statistics and epidemiology, if these are required components of their courses. As pre-course reading, you may find the following book helpful:
- Rowntree D. Statistics without Tears: An Introduction for Non-Mathematicians. Penguin Books Ltd, England; 2000. ISBN-13: 978-0140136326
In addition, Professor Hans Rosling (co-founder of the Gapminder Institute), provides an interesting and useful one hour long video on 'The Joy of Stats' on his website:
If you are unable to watch the full video but would like to view, listen to, or read the transcript of the most relevant extracts from this video for your courses then click the following link to the Open University website compilation:
On this Open University website, the four extracted mini videos (3-5 minutes each) of most relevance for LSHTM students are:
- The Joy Of Stats: 200 countries, 200 years, 4 minutes
- The Joy Of Stats: Above average
- The Joy Of Stats: The Lady with a Data Visualisation
- The Joy Of Stats: Meaningless and meaningful correlations
In addition, there is a useful 3-4 minute introduction to 'statistical distributions' starting 20 minutes into the full video (available from http://www.gapminder.org/videos/the-joy-of-stats/), which would be best viewed after 'The Joy Of Stats: Above average' but before 'The Joy Of Stats: The Lady With A Data Visualisation'.
Information skills: the library and literature searching
The Library and archives service
The Library provides access to a wide range of resources and services to support your study, including print books and journals, e-books, e-journals and databases for literature searching. Full details of what is available are available on our library resources page. If you have any questions about Library services, please emai firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library staff also provide training and support for staff and students undertaking literature searching. Contact us for more information.
The Library provides training, guidance and support to help you to conduct effective literature searches for module assignments and for your Project Report (Summer Project). London-based students and Distance Learners should access the literature search help pages on our intranet for guidance on each step of the literature search process, including video guides.
There are IT training materials to help guide you in the use of Microsoft Office applications (such as Word and Excel), bibliography database / reference manager applications, and in using the Internet.
General study skills
- Key Skills Online - University of Bath - a very comprehensive site
- University of Surrey - Online Academic Skills - another very comprehensive site looking at study skills, academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism, copyright, writing skills, researcher training, methods, information literacy, innovation, IT training, numeracy and statistics and data interpretation
- University of Leeds - Study Skills - useful information on exam skills, writing skills, group work, voice presentation, listening skills, finding journals online etc.
- Study Guides and Strategies - comprehensive study skills advice
- Skills for Group Work - University of Bath
- The Memory Page - extremely useful, a large amount of information is given & is easily located, includes tutorials, tip & tricks, further reading & study and activities
- Time Management Strategies for Improving Academic Performance - Virginia Tech
Includes a quiz to assess your time management skills
- Time Management - University of Surrey
Useful learning activities covering how to evaluate the use of time, identify priorities, and how to gain the most from your time.
- The University of Leicester has a wealth of information on delivering better presentations, including an On-line Educational Resource (OER) on Presentation Skills and a useful video giving a quick summary of key skills for giving presentations
- The Seven Steps of the Research Process - Cornell University Library - useful for literature reviews
Using the Internet
Library staff can provide advice on using web search engines to locate information on your research and study topics. You might find the following link useful:
- Evaluating Internet Health Information tutorial from the US National Library of Medicine
In addition, the following more general links might also prove useful as well:
- Evaluating Web Pages: How and Why - UC Berkeley Library - some good notes on assessing the quality of a web page and tips on effective Internet searches
- Google Help Cheat Sheet - Google search tips.
Science study skills
- Instructions to Authors in the Health Sciences - Raymon H Mulford Library/ University of Toledo, Health Science Campus - easy & comprehensive instructions for authors
Research degree study skills
- Writing & Presenting your Thesis or Dissertation - Michigan State University - from an American perspective so needs adapting to British situation. Includes some useful hints for the different stages of your PhD
- How to Write a PhD Thesis - University of New South Wales - also available in French, Italian & Spanish
If you have any comments about this page or come across any broken links, please contact the Quality & Academic Standards Office.
The study skills materials on this web page that are marked with an asterisk (*) have been developed by staff of LSHTM specifically for LSHTM MSc students (and tailored to their needs), with copyright held by LSHTM. Those outside of LSHTM may also find a selection of these materials to be of some interest. The sharing of these LSHTM study skills materials is covered by the following creative commons licence: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/