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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. “Dr Phil” has developed an error-based approach and unique reading code 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.

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.