Study Skills Service: one-to-one advice
Following current advice, all face-to-face teaching and assessment across our campuses has been suspended. Whilst we are not able to offer face-to-face appointments at this time, we are able to offer online appointments via our LiveChat service.
If you would like to request an online appointment, please complete the online form form below as normal.
Apologies for the inconvenience caused.
Our Study Support drop-ins are still running online, every Tuesday afternoon 1pm-4pm and every Thursday morning 10am-1pm. You can access up to 10 minutes of guidance at each online drop-in session.
What is a one-to-one study skills appointment?
One-to-one study skill appointments are available to all undergraduate, taught-postgraduate and Independent Distance Learning students.
They are a confidential one-to-one or small group appointment with a Study Skills Adviser or Liaison Librarian lasting up to one hour.
Appointments are requested via our online form below. If necessary you may request up to two appointments per assignment. Appointments may be held at either The Murray Library or St. Peter’s Library (and via Skype for Independent Distance Learning students.)
Appointments will be with a range of Study Skill Advisers. We do not guarantee that you will see the same adviser if you return for another appointment.
What can we help you with?
We can provide advice and guidance in-line with the University Assessment Criteria. This includes advice on how to search for library resources, planning, academic writing, how to develop independent referencing skills and how to proofread your own work.
Study Skills Advisers are able to review work which has already been marked and has your tutor’s feedback. We can help you to reflect on the feedback received and discuss how you can build on this in the future.
If you are studying at one of our partner colleges your Study Skills support will be provided by your college. Please ask your partnership liaison officer for details.
What we are unable to help with and why?
In-line with the University Academic Integrity and Misconduct Policy students must be able to demonstrate that their work is entirely their own. Our service is here to develop your independent academic study skills, a key element of which is the ability to proof read your own work. We can provide advice on how to proof read but will not read or check draft assignments before submission. We cannot offer any opinion on the mark you might receive for you work.
Advisers may read one small section of your work; an assignment plan; or discuss your general approach to a piece of work in order to provide the most relevant study skills advice for your needs.
Please be aware that we will only provide advice on a particular assignment up to two times. This is to ensure the work is entirely your own.
When is a one-to-one session appropriate?
If you are looking for advice with academic skills you should first explore our online guides. These are available on a range of topics and should answer most common queries.
If you still require further advice, any undergraduate or taught post graduate student can request a one-to-one appointment. If we think this is the most effective way to help you we will arrange an appointment with you. We may suggest that alternative support is more appropriate such as a drop-in session or further online guidance.
Please look at our expectations before requesting a one-to-one appointment.