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Academic skills support for the final push

Academic skills support for the final push

During April and May our Writing Development Centre (WDC) and Academic Skills Development Team are offering more ways for you to access support and live online sessions to help you complete your assignments and prepare for your exams. They are designed to complement the Academic Skills Kit website resources and give you the chance to get your questions answered.

For individual support, we continue to offer one to one tutorials online with the Writing Development Centre. In addition, the Academic Skills Development Team are introducing bookable drop-in slots later in the term to answer your exam related queries. You can book a one to one tutorial online on the Writing Development Centre website, or explore and register for our new workshop series. The drop-in slots can be booked online.

Dissertations and research projects

Write Here, Write Now

Overwhelmed and struggling to focus on writing or suffering writers’ block?  Need advice on editing your essay? Why not sign up for one of the Writing Development Centre’s weekly writers’ group? You’ll be encouraged to set a manageable writing goal and get some writing done through a series of structured distraction-free writing blocks.  

Writing up and editing your dissertation  

Need some help with writing up or refining your dissertationWondering how to make sure your structure works, if you’ve been critical enough and how to check your writing makes sense? The Writing Development Centre tutors will be on hand to answer all your questions and share their top tips on writing up your research and polishing your work so that it’s the best it can be. 

Exams and Revision

Evidence-based revision strategies

Did you know that only two revision techniques have been proven to work? Find out what they are here. We’ll show you how to build these techniques into your own revision, creating evidence-based revision strategies to make sure all that information really sticks.

Revision and exams: in discussion with the WDC!

In a tutor-led discussion based session, we will attempt to answer your questions such as: How do I revise for an online exam? Why isn’t any of my learning going in? How do I know what I should revise? How should I adapt my exam technique for a take-home paper? As our tutors discuss revision and exam technique – both the aspects of learning that never change, and also the way you might need to adapt to meet the challenges of this year. We'll be on hand to answer your queries and share our advice.

Revise Here, Revise Now

If you’re bored of your revision routine, struggling to find the motivation to start or feeling disheartened that your revision never seems to stick, why not try a this session. We’ll walk you through a structured approach, introducing you to strategies that are proven to work, and lend you a bit of moral support too, all while making real progress on whatever it is you need to revise! 

Online assessments and exams

Practical tips for online assessments

Not sure where to start when it comes to revision and open exams? We’ll show you how to get going! We’ll discuss how to plan your revision, different revision techniques for different types of information, and give you practical advice about how to make sure you have access to all the information you need, when you need it. 

‘Cracking the code’ – decoding essay questions for online assessments

It sounds obvious, but you need to know what exam questions are really asking you for! Taking some time to understand the question means you’ll give a much better answer. In this session, we’ll look at breaking down the key terms used in exam questions, how to use them to plan your answers, and how they should look on the page.

Top tips before submission of an online exam essay

In this session we’ll look at how to make sure your academic writing style is working for you. Your markers won’t be expecting a perfect document, but it’s a good idea to work out in advance if there’s anything likely to cause you problems. We’ll look at how to use your feedback to identify areas to work on, and where to go for more in-depth advice, as well as formulating a personalised list of things to check for before you submit.

Drop-in sessions

We’ll also be holding twice weekly drop-in sessions, for rapid responses to quickfire questions about exams and revision.

Last updated on 19 April 2021 at 11:00