Academic Success: a student’s guide to studying at university

  • Karen Hudson University of Essex
Keywords: Academic communication, culture and convention, knowledge construction, learning, reading, writing, critical thinking, academic voice


Aimed at students with limited experience of the culture and conventions of English-speaking universities, this book introduces readers to a wide range of academic communicative practices. It assumes no prior knowledge or experience of the (mostly) unwritten behaviours, attitudes and values required for academic success and provides a comprehensive breakdown of these, clarified throughout with examples, explanations and practical guidance.

The book’s scope is broad, rather than deep, and therefore represents a useful and pragmatic introductory text for any student preparing for a transition or return to higher education. The text is underpinned throughout by two recurring themes that are directly transferable into LD practice. The idea that academic knowledge is developed and communicated via debate and argument is directly linked to the notion of ‘academic apprenticeship’ in which students are encouraged to begin participation in active and current disciplinary discourse. 


Author Biography

Karen Hudson, University of Essex


Literacy, Language and Numeracy Tutor

School of Health and Social Care

University of Essex

How to Cite
Hudson, K. (2019) “Academic Success: a student’s guide to studying at university”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. Plymouth, UK, 0(14). doi: 10.47408/jldhe.v0i14.499.