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Super Quick Skills

 super quick skills landing page banner Super Quick Skills provide the essential building blocks you need to succeed at university - fast. Packed with practical, positive advice on core academic and life skills, you’ll discover focused tips and strategies to use straight away.  Whether it’s writing great essays, understanding referencing or managing your wellbeing, find out how to build good habits and progress your skills throughout your studies.

Super skills all students need 

  • Build and apply key skills to quickly improve your grades 

  • Get instant support and step-by-step guidance when you need it most 

  • Making complex topics digestible, you can master one skill at a time 

  • Easy to use, with eye-catching images, checklists and activities 

  • Pocket sized guides at a budget-friendly price - simply grab and go!


Meet the authors 

Written by experienced SAGE study skills and research methods authors Super Quick Skills deliver tried and tested advice.

Phillip C. Shon author profile picture

Phillip C. Shon is an Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He has developed a unique system to help students become more effective writers. He is author of The Quick Fix Guide to Academic Writing and How to Read Journal Articles in the Social Sciences.


Bob Smale author profile picture

Bob Smale is a freelance writer, trainer and mentor with interests in personal development and employee relations. He started his working life in banking, was formerly Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton, and is co-author of How to Succeed at University.


Gary Thomas author profile picture

Gary Thomas is a Professor of Education at the University of Birmingham, focusing on research methodology and research degree supervision. He is author of bestselling textbooks How to Do Your Research Project and How to Do Your Case Study.


Clare Wilson lectures in Applied Psychology at the University of Portsmouth and directs the Quality of Life, Health and Wellbeing Research Group at Portsmouth. She investigates the self-management of mental health which includes exploring techniques such as mindfulness.

Mal Twelvetrees author profile picture

Mal Leicester is Emeritus Professor at the University of Nottingham and has been an internal and External Examiner marking assignments and supervising dissertations.


Denise Taylor author profile picture

Denise Taylor is Director of Bridge PR & Media Services Ltd and delivers workshops on marketing strategy and writing content. Both Mal and Denise are co-authors of Get a Better Grade.






Tom Chatfield author profile picture

Tom Chatfield is an author, tech philosopher and broadcaster and is interested in improving our experiences and understanding of digital technology. He is author of bestselling textbook Critical Thinking helping students build the skills required to thrive in a digital age.

Helen Coleman author profile picture

Helen Coleman is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Social & Life Sciences at Glyndwr University. She has an extensive background teaching study skills across many subjects and provides study skills training for colleagues and students.

Thomas Lancaster author profile picture

Thomas Lancaster is a leading expert on plagiarism and academic integrity and has run study skills workshops across universities in the UK. He currently teaches Computer Science at Imperial College London.

Lucinda Becker author profile picture

Lucinda Becker is Senior Lecturer at the University of Reading and a professional trainer in presentation skills. She has written numerous study skills guides including Study Your Way to Your Perfect Career and Writing Successful Reports and Dissertations.





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