New Headway Academic Skills can be used with a general coursebook such as New Headway, or independently. The series focuses on improving students' academic skills by:
Developing the specific skills required for academic reading and writing through a wide range of topics relevant to higher education. Exploring strategies to help students with new vocabulary, and to record, vary, and build their vocabulary. Offering guidance in undertaking research, and in acknowledging sources. Providing plenty of guided practice as well as freer practice to encourage learner independence.