firstpointFIVE006: Study support

Every Monday, firstpoint publishes our top five tips on a topic related to life at university. We’ll cover a wide range of topics such as making the most of your time at university, help with your studies, working through the challenges of communal living or maybe looking after yourself during exams and assessments.

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Study support – where can you get help?

Effective study skills are a vital element in achieving academic success on your course and there are several sources of support available from the University of Worcester…

tip-01Tip 1: Meet with your PAT

Most students find that they need some academic guidance during their studies and your Personal Academic Tutor can help you to support your academic development.   Your PAT is assigned at the beginning of your course and you’ll meet within the first couple of weeks, usually as part of induction. You can expect a minimum of four scheduled meetings during your first year, either as a tutorial group or on an individual basis. Your PAT will write your University reference, so it is also useful to discuss your plans with them and keep in touch throughout your studies. Why not contact them and arrange to have a chat?


tip-02Tip 2: Make the most of the library

Why not visit The HIVE and see if you can spot Reffie the Raptor?


hive-insideAs a student you automatically have access to The HIVE which is a fantastic space for you to study and access resources or just spend some free time! Specialist help is available from the Academic Liaison Librarians as they can help you use the library and information resources more effectively. They can offer guidance in specific subject areas and provide advice on how to get to grips with referencing.

You can access support in person at the helpdesk on level 3 of the HIVE, or email to ask a question or make an appointment.  You’ll find further information on the Library Services webpage:


tip-03Tip 3: Pick up some advice

Feeling a bit unsure about how to write your essay? Maybe you need some guidance on preparing a presentation or just need help getting yourself organised to study. Study Skills Advice Sheets have been developed to help you to plan and carry out your coursework and assessments, helping you to make the most of the time available.

You can pick them up in firstpoint or download them from the Study Skills webpage where you’ll also find the details  of useful workshops which run throughout the year:-


tip-04Tip 4: : Academic writing skills

Are you struggling with an essay or dissertation?  Grappling with grammar and punctuation?  Finding academic writing a challenge?  The University has a team of Writers in Residence, who can meet with you and offer help with all aspects of academic writing.


tip-05Tip 5: Improve your language

Communicating your ideas effectively is important at University! If you want advice on how to improve your use of academic English in an essay or presentation, the Language Centre offers daily 20-minute sessions that are open to all registered students; it doesn’t matter if English is your first language or not.

Perhaps you want to improve your skills in a different language to broaden your horizons.  Find out more about the modules and languages on offer by visiting the Language Centre website.