Academic Survival Skills Online

Currently studying but not sure how to tackle your assignments? Thinking about uni but not sure what to expect?

Get up to speed with Academic Survival Skills Online!

The course is free and open to everyone, whatever your age or level of education. All you need is internet access and a computer, laptop or tablet device.

You can complete the course at any time at your own pace, or study during a three-week moderated period in either February or July.

The modules in Academic Survival Skills Online will help you to:

  • 'think like a uni student'
  • make sense of uni texts and lectures
  • use online libraries for research
  • plan and write an academic essay
  • understand referencing and academic integrity

You will have four 'Academic Guides' to help you on your journey, and will meet and learn with other like-minded students. All from your own home – wherever in the world you live!

The material you complete in Academic Survival Skills Online is self-assessed. You will:

  •  complete self-assessment quizzes and checklists for writing tasks and practice exercises, and
  •  complete revision quizzes at the end of each module.

You will earn a Digital Learner's Badge for each course module you complete, and a Digital Course Completion Badge if you finish all nine modules. You may also receive feedback from an Academic Guide in course discussion boards during the moderated periods in February and July.

You will earn a Digital Learner's Badge for each course module you complete, and a Digital Course Completion Badge for finishing the course.

Please Note:

  • Make sure you use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome (not Internet Explorer) as your web browser
  • You can enrol at any time (except when the course is closed for maintenance).  However feedback from an Academic Guide will be limited outside the moderated periods, which are in February and July each year.
  • Click here to enrol by first creating an account in 'Open Education Blackboard'. See these instructions if you need help.
  • If you have a University of Newcastle student number (eg c1234567), you must use this number as your Username and your student email address as your contact email.

"Honestly, I don't know why anyone starting out at Uni for the first time would pass the opportunity to do this pre-course… As someone who really had no idea about Uni structure/requirements, and possibly some preconceived ideas, I believe the knowledge and direction I have now gained has helped me become 'ready' to start."

"Learning to structure essays was extremely useful to me. I almost had a phobia about writing reports etc at work. After completing this course I have my notes along side of me while I'm writing and am finding it very easy."

Further information

If you would like any further information about the course, please do not hesitate to contact the Blended and Online Curriculum Manager at the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre via