LSE LIFE podcasts

In addition to attending our talks and workshops, we also invite you to listen to our podcasts. This series of 11 episodes covers basic study skills - from reading, making notes, and essay writing, to dissertation research and exam revision. Each episode is accompanied by a summary of key points, further resources, some tasks to get hands-on practice, and a transcript of the podcast.

Series 1 (Michaelmas Term)

Episode 1 - Reading for academic purposes

Episode 2 - Making effective notes from your reading

Episode 3 - Academic writing: a few basic principles

Episode 4 - Essay writing: questioning the question

Episode 5 - Essay writing: the introduction

Episode 6 - Essay writing: planning and structure


Series 2 (Lent Term)

Episode 7 - The dissertation: a few basics

Episode 8 - The dissertation: managing your research project

Episode 9 - The literature review: a text and a process

Episode 10 - The dissertation: making the most of your resources

Episode 11 - Revising and preparing for exams


Would you like to see other topics covered? This selection of episodes in the 2015-16 series was shaped by students’ feedback and comments about their experience.  We will be creating a new, updated series soon and invite your feedback on these episodes and your ideas for future episodes. Please get in touch, via e-mail to, or by using the feedback form below.

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