Study skills

English for A​​​cademic Purposes (EAP)

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).

Wr​iting 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 Acade​mi​c Writing Bundle with many useful links to aid you with any academic writing such as tips on planning, structure, style and composition.

Maths and nu​meracy 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 an​​​d 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, which would be best viewed after 'The Joy Of Stats: Above average' but before 'The Joy Of Stats: The Lady With A Data Visualisation'.

Informatio​n skills: the library and literature searching

The Library and a​​rchives 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

Library staff also provide training and support for staff and students undertaking literature searching. Contact us for more information.

Literature ​​​searching

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 h​elp pages on our intranet for guidance on each step of the literature search process, including video guides.

IT​​​ Skills

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.

Gener​​al study skills

Grou​​​p work

Memo​​ry ​​​skills

  • 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 m​​anagement 

Presenta​​​tion skills

Re​search skills

Using t​he 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:

In addition, the following more general links might also prove useful as well:

Science ​study skills

Research ​degree study s​kills

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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:​​​