Learning Skills


The ability to learn is a key skill and can be taught. Problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration information literacy and perseverance are perhaps the most important, and are developed through all COLLS courses.

The EFFECTIVE E-LEARNING, STUDY SKILLS and  INFORMATION LITERACY courses are provided FREE OF CHARGE to any student of COLLS to supplement  their other academic courses. 

Effective E-Learning

Effective E-learning

This is a guide for COLLS students to ensure the most effective use of the Virtual Learning 

Environment to ensure examination success

Study Skills

Why Study Study Skills?


Everyone learns in subtly different ways. Use this resource to develop and improving your study skills to accelerate your learning and attainment.

Units in the self study course include answers to questions such as:


  • What type of learner am I?
  • What is my attitude to learning?
  • How can I improve my memory?
  • How can I improve my writing / reading / presenting / researching?
  • How can I manage stress and study for examinations?

...just about everything you need to know to become a better learner... 

Information Literacy

Why Study Information Literacy?

"Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner." 

This course is essential for all students who are required to undertake any form of research task for an essay, a project, a controlled-assignment or a presentation. 

Non Verbal Reasoning

What is Non- Verbal Reasoning?

Non-verbal reasoning (NVR) tests require you to recognise similarities, analogies and patterns in unfamiliar designs. They involve the ability to reason with material that has not been seen before, without the need for prior knowledge or study. They are thought to have no cultural bias and thus provide a more appropriate measure of general intelligence, compared with verbal reasoning tests, for whom English is a second language.

Non-verbal reasoning tests are used to assess a person’s ability to spot patterns and identify errors or inconsistencies. 

Verbal Reasoning

What is Verbal Reasoning?

Verbal reasoning is the name given to one of the types of tests used to assess a person’s ability to understand, use and communicate in English. The larger your vocabulary, the better your chance of obtaining a higher score. 

Intelligence tests that are used in an educational context and are largely verbal in content, are often referred to as verbal reasoning tests. These tests consist of a variety of question types, typically including the use of similes, antonyms, analogies, codes and anagrams. The tests are objective and require a mixture of completion and multiple-choice responses.