Learning Development Service

Contact Info

Learning Development Service
Student Guidance Centre

Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 3618

E-mail: lds@qub.ac.uk

Office Hours

Normal hours are Monday-Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Evening and Skype appointments are available upon request.

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Web resources

Web resources

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Time Management

Open University Guide to Time Management

How to organise your time and motivate yourself to use it wisely

The Pomodoro Technique

A time management technique to help you improve your productivity

The Student Room - Time Management

Time management explained: prioritising and being effective

Study Guides & Strategies

Useful tips for organising, prioritising, and succeeding in your studies

Mind Tools

Teaches you personal time management skills

Time management guide

To show you what you can do to improve your abilities to recognize and solve personal time management problems

Essay Writing

Essay Writing - University of Reading 

Various fantastic essay writing resources including planning, writing and improving your writing

Writing Lab

Comprehensive resources for essay writing. Including; process of writing, academic style, grammar and writing techniques

Guide to writing

Useful tips for all stages of writing

Step by step writing process

A guide to the essay writing process. Can help you get started, become more efficient and to generally improve your essay writing abilities.

Writing Better University Essays

Wikibooks guide to help you write better university essays: lots of detail under the various headings.

Grammar and Punctuation help

University of Bristol guide to improving your grammar and punctuation

Communication Skills

Communication skills: Speaking and listening

University of Kent's tips to improve various communication skills

Deliver better presentations

University of Leicester's various resources for improving presentation skills

Giving a presentation

University of Canberra's concise tips including preparing and structuring your presentation, visual aids and nervousness

Presentation advice from University of Sussex

Information on preparing and presenting; and great tips for group presentations

Exam Preparation and Study Strategies

How to study

Extensive tips for all aspects of your studies

Study Guides & Strategies

Don't study harder. Study Smarter. It's really great

VirginiaTech Study Skills

Gives you invaluable advice to study smarter


Offers informed advice on how to gain skills in different subject areas, and includes quizzes and helpful exercises. Each also contains useful resources sections to point you in the right direction for success, whatever your subject

College Grant

Provides tips on a variety study skills

Exam preparation quiz

Have some advice for effective exam preparation through a short quiz

Exam preparation tips

Here are some exam preparation tips to help you excel

Writing an essay under exam conditions

LifeHack's 7 tips for writing exam essays

Other Types of Academic Writing

Report writing, literature reviews and dissertation writing

Univeristy of Reading's clear and concise guides to different types of academic writing


Report writing

HE Academy full pdf guide to writing reports

University of Sussex detailed guide to writing reports including structure, planning, critical analysis and writing style.


Literature reviews

UNC Writing Center handout on literature reviews


Dissertation writing

University of Leicester's concise guide to dissertation writing

The Guardian guide to dissertation writing: Part 1 - How to plan; Part 2 - How to writePart 3 - How to edit

Managing Stress

Dealing with exam stress: The Student Room

Developing a positive mindset

NHS Student Stress

Signs of stress and where to get help

Managing stress at univeristy

Our Healthy Minds tips on studying, self-confidence and making friends

Coping with university stress

MIND top tips for coping with uni life


Here are some student stress relief tips and tools that students can use to learn study skills, prepare for exams and minimize their school stress levels to make learning easier.



Maths skills

H.E.L.M. (Helping Engineers Learn Mathematics) offers a wide range of materials in mathematics and statistics for 1st and 2nd year Engineers, however much of the material can be used by other students.

mathcentre offers a wide range of free resources to aid the transition from 2nd to 3rd level mathematics education. Note that if you click on both communities and links, you will find additional interesting resources and there is an opportunity to upload your own.

mathtutor offers a range of materials in mathematics

statstutor offers a range of materials in statistics.

Maths E.G.  is an extensive database, with thousands of questions and worked solutions. Note that there is a specific section where teachers can register.

Head Start Maths  Ofers offers a range of materials directed at Mature students who are entering third level.

The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive  contains extensive of information on the history of mathematics and on mathematicians.

nrich  shows the importance of mathematics in science, enginneering and technology

Just Math Tutorials/ PatrickJMT  contains a wide range of videos on various topics in mathematics.

KhanAcademy contains a wide range of videos on various topics in mathematics and other subjects.

Paul's Online Math Notes contains a wide range of notes from lectures and tutorials on various topics in mathematics (mostly calculus courses). There is also a section with advice on how to study mathematics.

Math24.net  contains a wide range of notes on topics in calculus and differential equations.

WisWeb. Freudenthal Institute's website for secondary level Maths education in the Netherlands. It is also useful for third level Mathematics. The applets are very extensive and interactive; they require Java

Topics in Maths

Periodic functions

This page contains basics of periodic functions and their summation.

Exercise on finding the period, amplitude etc of the given function, including identifying a periodic function.

Mathematical definition of periodic function, and further details. 

Periodic function explanation and examples

Videos on graphical approach to periodic function: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3


Trigonometric functions and interactive graphs

Trigonometric functions and interactive plots

Trigonometric functions basic definition in terms of complex exponentials, Osborn’s rule etc

Pythagoras' theorem- an animation. Other sections covered are sine, cosine, tangent and measurements in radians.

Arctangent problems and details

Khan Academy video on trigonometry

Further details on Trigonometric functions

Powers of 10

Basics of powers of 10

Basics and exercise of powers of 10


Gradient of a straight line


Explanation of gradient with exercises

Directional Derivatives and Gradient Vector

NPTEL lecture on The gradient

Definition of gradient of a function





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