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Information Research & Learning Skills: Information research and learning skills

This guide has been developed to support students studying towards Foundation Program

Learning and Research Skills

Learning and Research Skills:

Learning and Research  Skills are the core skills and attributes that tertiary students need to acquire to succeed in their academic work. Do you know all the learning and research skills that you need? Have a look at the list below:

Learning Skills

  • Managing time                                      
  • Problem solving
  • Reading strategies                               
  • Oral communication and presentation 
  • Essay, reports, and thesis 
  • Referencing and paraphrasing         
  • Writing for research projects
  • Effective listening and note taking
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Academic English                  
  • Exam preparation
  • Study methods

Learning Skills Adviser assist you with the skills outlined above                                        

Research Skills

  • How and where to start your topic
  • Effective use of databases and internet
  • Finding evaluating and incorporating the information
  • Use the library's collection
  • Organize information
  • Apply the information to answer the research question
  • Communicate their knowledge


Subject Librarians assist you with the skills above as well as finding library resources such as books, journals, newspapers etc.

 Support regarding Learning and Research Skills is offered to students as per the list below:

Drop-in Sessions 10-15 minutes        

Longer individual consultation to 60 minutes      


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       No Appointment needed

  • Meet briefly with the learning Skills Advisor to discuss the assignment or academic skills needs
  • Learning skills drop-in sessions operate from throughout the year
  • Monday - Friday 


    By appointment for:

  • Students referred by the Faculty
  • In special cases  - requests by  the individual  student
  • The possibility of small study groups

An arrangement with the lecturer, Learning Skills Adviser AND Subject Librarian

  • As per arrangement with academics
  • Small group requests


Information Research and Learning Skills Support contact details

Learning Skills Advisor: Andisiwe Madavha  Tel: 011-950 4248  
Subject LibrarianLinda Mbonambi Tel: 011-950 4032 


Learning Skills AdvisorCharmaine Botha Tel: 011-950 4455


Subject LibrarianSibusisiwe Mgquba Tel: 011-950 4150