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Study skills

​English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

N.B. For current students, please see the separate page for English language support resources, including details of LSHTM's in-house EAP classes for face-to-face students; and links to external UK-based English language courses and additional external electronic resources for all face-to-face and distance learning students.

Wr​iting skills and referencing resources 

LSHTM has developed a package of materials to help you develop your academic English writing skills* prior to progressing with your face-to-face or distance learning programme. This 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 which provides you with immediate feedback and links to further support available on external websites.

LSHTM also has an academic writing handbook* giving general guidance about how to write in the 'academic style' LSHTM expects, which is relevant to all students. The Library & Archives Service 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 

LSHTM has developed a package of materials to help you refresh your basic maths skills* prior to progressing with your face-to-face or distance learning programme. Many modules will contatin basic mathematical content, particularly modules with 'statistics' or 'epidemiology' in the title. The materials include an online interactive self-assessment exercise which provides you with immediate feedback, PowerPoint slides and a Word document of notes, exercises and solutions.

You may also find the links below useful:

  • 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 students will receive formal teaching on statistics and epidemiology, if these are required components of the programme. 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". 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 for your programme, there is a compilation on the 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, 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

Library & Archives Service

The Library provides access to a wide range of resources and services to support your studies, including print books and journals, e-books, e-journals and databases for literature searching. Full details are available on our library resources page. If you have any questions about Library services, please email library@lshtm.ac.uk.

Library staff also provide training and support for staff and students undertaking literature searching. Contact infoskills@lshtm.ac.uk 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. Face-to-face and distance learning students 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

  • Key Skills Online (University of Bath) - a very comprehensive site
  • Online Academic Skills (University of Surrey)- 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
  • Study Skills (University of Leeds) - 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

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

If you have any comments about this page or come across any broken links, please contact the Quality & Academic Standards Office.

*These study skills materials 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