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Using our academic resources is proven to boost your academic results. Find information about Student Success Week, Learning Development, the different ways to use the library, and more online tools and apps below. Study smarter!

You've probably heard that uni is different to other kinds of study you may have done before – but how different is it? Watch this video where UON students answer this question for you.

Want to know the difference between a lecture and a tutorial ? Or what AHEGS stands for? The best way to find out is to check out our handy Glossary. There are a lot of new words and phrases that you will come across during your time at UON, so the Glossary is a quick and easy way for you to decode the jargon.

Learning Development is a section of the University created to help you develop your skills in essay writing, referencing, academic language, study skills and more. You can book consultations with Learning Advisers, access free, online workshops, go to workshops on campus, improve your English skills, your Maths skills, and more. Access Learning Development through Blackboard (bottom right corner of your Welcome screen in Blackboard) or visit their webpage.

The Library isn't just for books. It has some great resources online to help you prepare yourself for academic study. UON libraries are staffed by experts in academic research. You can book a librarian to help you with researching your assessments in person or online, and you can participate in online tutorials to improve your academic skills. Learning to use the library is an essential uni skill so consider booking a library tour.

Blackboard is the online place for your course materials. Here you'll find course outlines, assessment requirements, your grades and more. Watch this short video for an intro to Blackboard.

There are a range of free courses for UON students designed to help you get ready for uni study, covering things like Academic Survival Skills, maths, essay writing and computing. There are courses available both face-to-face and online.

You may wish to download these useful apps that will help you with your academic skills during your time at University:

Uni Tune In - Uni Tune In is our study skills/academic literacy app. It is a free app with short videos on topics like understanding assignments, note taking, active listening, assessing evidence and academic writing. It's available on both Apple and Android devices.

Maths Tune Up - Maths Tune Up is a series of short animated videos packed full of explanations and examples of some of the fundamental mathematical concepts. They cover a wide range of topics and are designed to give you a head start with your maths subjects at uni. Check out Maths Tune Up to watch the videos and get up to speed quickly.

It probably can't be stressed enough how important it is to plan and manage your time effectively when studying at uni. Trust us, it will make your life a whole lot easier. We have some tips and resources to help!

There are a number of free online resources to help you prepare and succeed academically.

Academic Survival Skills Online is a great way to prepare yourself to think, read and write like a student through step-by-step online.

Academic Success is written and designed by leading academics to help you develop academic study skills that will set you up for success in your first year at uni. You can access Academic Success by logging in to myUON and selecting UONline from the launch pad. The course is located under the Blackboard tab in 'My Other Sites'.

We all want you to start university study with information that helps you succeed. Completing the online course English for Academic Studies is a great way to do that! This course will help you develop your reading, writing and listening skills, especially if you have studied previously in another country.

Assessments and exams are an inevitable part of student life – although each course will have different requirements. Reading your course outline carefully at the start of each semester will let you know what's required and help you to plan. There's lots of info on our website about assessments and exams and some resources to help you manage as well around Exam Anxiety and Study Skills.

Student Central is your first port of call. You can ask us, call us on 1300 ASK UON or visit us at one of the Student Central Hubs. There are also a variety of other support services available.