Study Skills links

One of the major challenges to obtain a Master degree successfully, is the ability of the student to study efficiently. You may have developed effective study techniques at school or in your job position, performing a Master poses some new and unique challenges. This webpage consists of several web-links that provide resources for self-study and information on improving your study skills, which you may wish to use prior to your arrival to or during your stay at the KIT.


English writing and reading skills

Please find a digital version of the ‘Mayfield handbook of Technical & Scientific Writing’. It is a very complete manual on how to write in English, and includes different reporting styles, grammar, use of graphs and charts and more.


Writing critical essays and reports

Interactive website that helps to develop writing skills for academic purposes, with clear instructions and activities (University of Surrey).



An useful guide on how to avoid plagiarism and other inappropriate writing practices, useful for students, scientists and other professionals to develop an awareness of ethical writing.



Guides on how to do your referencing, both Harvard and Vancouver Style.


Mathematics and numeracy skills

Good online support material on basic maths, including arithmetic, algebra, graphs and powers, logarithms (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)).


Statistics and Epidemiology

There are some very informative books available for your referencing:

  • Campbell, M.J. & Swinscow, T.D.V. Statistics at square one. Wiley-Blackwell, BMJ Books; 2009 (11th Edition).
  • Porta, M. A dictionary of Epidemiology. IEA, Oxford University Press; 2008 (5th Edition).


Study techniques

An useful website with links to many topics on study skills, academic integrity,  learning styles, Mind Map, action planning, and researcher training (University of Surrey).


Time management

Interactive online programme with different tasks to develop knowledge and skills relating to time management – covering how to evaluate the use of time, identify priorities, and how to gain the most from your time (University of Surrey).


Presenting and interpreting data: graphs and charts

An useful document on reading articles, making sense of data, and interpreting graphs and charts with a focus on mathematical information (Open University).


Searching database & internet

Six steps to an effective literature search to provide searchers with a systematic plan to literature searching (LSHTM Library).

Comprehensive study that compares the use of different Internet scientific databases.

  • Falagas M, et al., 2007, Comparison of PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, and Google Scholar: strengths and weaknesses; Faseb Journal, fj.07-9492LSF.


Practical tips for Amsterdam

The city of Amsterdam offers many fun sites for tourists. The website below offers information on attractions, museums, accommodation, entertainment.