New student? Take our Study Smart course

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Are you a new undergraduate or foundation year student? Then make sure you take our Study Smart online course, which has been specifically designed to help you with the transition to Uni. Join over 1000 UoR students who are already online and getting ahead of their studies.

Why should I bother? 

Study Smart is a free online course which you are expected to take before you arrive. It offers essential insights as to what will be expected of you as a student and you can start your studies with confidence.

It can be completed in a few short sessions and has videos, animations and resources covering 3 main areas: 

  • Academic integrity 
  • Communication at university 
  • Independent learning 

The course will help you to understand how these concepts apply to you and your studies. It also contains vital information on how you’ll be studying, including advice on engaging in seminars, getting the most out of course material and using our digital tools. 

You’ll also be able to connect with other students, through the discussion boards. So, join over 1000 students who have already started the course. 

How to access the course 


If you are a new first year undergraduate student, you should have received an email with a link to the course on 29 August 2023.

 If you have any queries or issues accessing Study Smart, please email: studyadvice@reading.ac.uk 

 You will need to enrol in the coming weeks, after which the course will close. Once you have enrolled you will get access to the resources for your entire time with us.  

Don’t forget to download your certificate 

Some courses and many academic tutors will ask to see your Study Smart certificate in your first term. You will find this in one of the last Steps of the course, so don’t forget to download it – you may need it for your portfolios. 

Good luck! 

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