We know a lot about what helps students get the best degree results and the best employment outcomes.

Everyone is different and everyone's circumstances are different, but there is national research, as well as research that we have done about our own students, that tells us what kinds of behaviours seem to go hand in hand with success.

We know that student success requires:

High attendance

High attendance is crucial to student success. Students who miss classes do not do as well as those who attend.

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Preparing for sessions

Students are more likely to learn from the lecture, seminar, lab session or workshop if they have done their background reading.

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Independent study time

Regular and disciplined independent study time is essential in order to succeed.

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Revision and exam tips

Coursework deadlines and exam preparation can be a lot to balance. Check out our tips for staying focussed and getting the most out of the time you have available.

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Independent study spaces


Independent study spaces might be in:

  • The library
  • University IT rooms 
  • Designated private spaces at or near the students’ living space, this could be a dining room, a living room or even a bedroom. It simply needs to be a space where a student can access IT facilities and have space around them for paperwork and books

There will be times where there will be intensive long hours needed to completed work. Even if the day at university is over, study time is still needed.

To complete assignments students need to know how to find the newest ideas on the subject, prepare balanced arguments, read complex information or formulae.


The University of Huddersfield library offers:

The library has around 357,000 books and over 500,000 e-books plus academic journals. There is an electronic database SUMMON helps students find this material where ever they are. In the library there are 954 silent/quiet/group study spaces, 24 hour computer rooms open all year with 513 computers and 108 laptops ready to be loaned.

The library has around 357,000 books and over 500,000 e-books plus academic journals. There is an electronic database called SUMMON that helps students find this material where ever they are.

In the library there are 954 silent/quiet/group study spaces, 24 hour computer rooms open all year with 513 computers and 108 laptops ready to be loaned.

For more information about our library resources please visit the Library website.

Responsibility for own progress

Students need to be aware that they are responsible for organising their own study times. This planning will become very important so that work does not pile up and they know when deadlines happen. It is much, much harder to do assignments and projects at the last minute at university level. There are many sources of support to access. Each student has a Personal Academic Tutor, who they will be allocated to, and we recommend a proactive approach in meeting and responding to messages from this tutor.

Study is done in modules. Often a few modules run at the same time across the timetable, so the student may be doing several modules at a time.