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 Academic Liaison Librarian lasting up to one hour. This page contains a short form to complete in order to arrange your appointment.
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 Academic 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 will be delivered via Library Talk live chat, Skype, or Microsoft Teams. If you would like to request an online appointment, please complete the online form form below.
Appointments will be with a range of staff; we do not guarantee that you will see the same adviser if you return for another appointment.
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 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.
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.
We also offer daily Study Support drop-ins online via Library Talk live chat every week day:
Monday 11:30am - 1pm
Tuesday 3:30 - 4:30pm
Wednesday 3:30 - 4:30pm
Thursday 3:30 - 4:30pm
Friday 11:30am - 1pm
You can access up to 10 minutes of guidance at each online drop-in session. These are perfect for short Study Skills queries or referencing help.
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.
Study skills web request form: Students
Before requesting a one to one Study Skills session, please have a look about our online resources which may help get you started http://library.sunderland.ac.uk/services-and-support/skills/