Another very useful skill to have is to be able to touch type. No university student is going to be without a laptop or a computer nowadays and other than developing short notes for your studying, a lot of your time is going to be spent writing assignments and essays. The best way to improve your grades and your writing is to be able to type faster and this is where touch typing comes in. It is the ability to be able to type sentences and entire documents without ever looking at the keyboard with minimal or no errors in the text.
Why does this improve your grades and your writing? Simple. Because one 0f the biggest problems is that our typing can never keep up with our pace of thought. So while writing your latest assignement, as the flow of words and sentences forms in your brain, you have probably only typed a few words. How many times have you come up with a nice para only to find that you cant remember everything you thought of. The other factor is speed, the faster you type the more you will get done sooner, thereby giving you more time to make the corrections that you will probably always need to be making.
There are plent of books and software you can buy or download that will teach you how to touch type. One additional help would be if you spend a lot of time at the computer, this tends to make it easier to learn touch typing as you have already gotten used which key is where. Your performance and typing speed will greatly depend on what keyboard you have been typing on but regardless, if you only ever use your own computer or laptop you should see massive speed increases in a very short period of time.