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How We Support Students

How We Support Students

Bookable group sessions and individual support to help students develop their information and academic literacies and study skills, including quick question drop-in slots and one to one tutorials.

Teams within the Library can help students understand the expectations of university teaching, learning and assessment, develop their study strategies and fulfil their academic potential.

The Writing Development Centre, Liaison Librarians and the Academic Skills Team offer individual and group opportunities covering a range of academic skills including:

  • Learning to Learn (critical thinking, revision and exam technique, time management, learning in lectures, reading and note-taking, independent learning)
  • Academic Writing (the process of writing from first draft to final edit and academic writing conventions)
  • Assessment and Feedback (understanding different types of assignment and interpreting essay questions, markers' expectations and assessment criteria, and using feedback to improve)
  • Finding, evaluating and managing information (search planning, literature searching, using archives and special collections, referencing, using information critically) 

Your Skills programme

The WDC, Liaison Librarians and the Academic Skills Team have joined forces to bring students a central programme of academic skills sessions. In addition to sessions and resources offered by individual teams, the Your Skills programme is co-taught by staff members across the board to give a holistic and wide-ranging series of workshops and resources.

Designed to stretch and challenge as well as support, these sessions cover academic assessment from planning to feedback, including workshops focused on the skills needed to progress between different levels of study.

Explore bookable group sessions available to highlight for your students. 

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Drop-in sessions

The Academic Skills Team hold drop-in sessions in the Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms. These 20-minute slots are ideal if students want to discuss quick queries about academic writing and research.

Students don't need to pre-book a drop-in slot to attend in person, but if they prefer there are pre-booked slots available to meet online allowing students greater flexibility and offering opportunities to access support for students studying remotely. 

I had received some bad feedback and was feeling pretty demotivated but the tutor was helpful, he really provided me with some great skills to tackle my essay

One-to-one support

Teams across the Library can offer individual support and appointments to support their studies. 

Writing Development Centre

The Writing Development Centre offer 50-minute tutorials for students where we can offer guidance on many aspects of studying, from interpreting an essay question, managing your time or reading critically, to planning structure, revising for exams or strategies for editing a final draft. 

One-to-one tutorials with the Writing Development Centre are a developmental activity which help students gain the study skills they need to be a successful student. In accordance with the University's policy on proofreading and collusion, our remit is not to do the work for them, but to help students develop the understanding, strategies and techniques to develop as an independent learner.

Appointments are available Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm (last appointment time 4pm) and students can request a one to one online. One to one appointments with the Writing Development Centre are in high demand and we advise students to think ahead as last minute requests may lead to disappointment.

Writing Development Centre Tutorials

Find out more about one-to-ones and refer your students.

It's very easy to book appointments and I like how personalised it is. At uni you rarely get one to one time so this was extremely helpful and confidence boosting.

Library Liaison Team

We offer one-to-one consultancies with the Library Liaison Team, to support students with all aspects of their information and digital skills relating to their studies, including planning an information search, developing a systematic review search strategy, accessing specialist subject resources, guidance on managing information and keeping up to date.

The one-to-one appointments are particularly valued by students undertaking independent research for a dissertation, research project or thesis. The consultancies are available for students at all levels of study from undergraduate to postgraduate research students, and are offered in person and online

Search Planner

If students are working on a dissertation or research project, our Search Planner tool can guide them through gathering their ideas about the types of information they need to find and which information resources are available from the Library and beyond to support their research. The Search Planner is designed to help students break down their search topic into concepts, then translate those into keywords that can be used in their search. 

Students have the option to send their Search Planner to the Liaison team, who can offer feedback on the search terms and suggest relevant resources to be used for that topic. The Search Planner can also be shared with you as a supervisor and downloaded to be used as a discussion document as students refine their topic and search strategy. 

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