Academic Tips


Referencing can be a scary task initially, especially for those who are new to it; however, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. 

The same way an essay has a structure so does the reference, and when you realise it is just a format, the daunting task of referencing will become child’s play. 

Referencing is also very important for any academic piece of work. Not only you are acknowledging someone’s hard work, but it’s also critical to avoiding plagiarism! 

Most of the time, you will reference the same kinds of sources such as books and journal articles. But there are various sources, and each of them requires different information, and that is when you will need reliable resources. 

Below are some links to help you with each specific referencing style used at LondonMet:


Here are some more referencing resources from the university to help you and don’t forget your Academic Mentors can also provide useful resources for referencing according to your course style.

  • Softwares:
    You can also save your sources in software that can help you with referencing. The most used ones are Zotero and Mendeley.


Please REMEMBER that, although software can be useful and generate citations for you, they do make mistakes sometimes, so you should still be aware of how to reference correctly.


Avoiding Plagiarism


Plagiarism is a serious type of Academic Misconduct and can happen unintentionally.

Follow our top tips below on how to avoid plagiarising and you will be on your path to success!

  1. Use your own words. Don’t copy and paste or simply change a few words.

  2. Reference theories, ideas, concepts, etc, that aren’t your ideas, even if you express them in your own words!

  3. Use various sources. It will allow you to develop your understanding and critiques of the topic when you read widely about it. 

  4. Use quotation marks (and reference!) when changing the sentence changes the meaning. However, keep the number of direct quotes to a minimum. Less is best! 

  5. Ensure your notes are yours. When taking notes, make sure you write the reference if you note a direct quote. You don’t want to forget and mistake a quote for your own words.


Our Psychology Academic Mentor, Olaide (Dey) has a great video about plagiarism and how to avoid it.


Study Skills: Study Hub


Studying at University does not come naturally. While you want to work hard and do well, you may not know how to make the most of your efforts. 


The Study Hub will introduce you to key aspects of studying at University, like making notes, managing your time, critical thinking, and producing your dissertation. They have information, advice, and places to go and things to do and reflect upon. 


Head over to the University's Study Hub to access all those great resources.


Revision and Assessment Tips


  1. Prioritise and plan your studies. 
    Here you’ll find many tips on time management and great links at the bottom of the page, including a very useful assignment calculator. (revision calendar? Not working)
  2. Take regular breaks. 
    Ideally, study for 50 minutes and take a 10-minute break for every hour of study. 
  3. Get moving. 
    It helps you improve your mood and it’s the best antidote to stress.
  4. Fuel your body. 
    Protein, omega-3, monounsaturated fats and lots of water. Remember the least processed they are, the better.

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