firstpoint’s five points about study skills and support

Every Monday, firstpoint publishes five points about a topic related to life at university. This week, what support is available for study skills and academic writing…

POINT ONE: 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?

POINT TWO: make the most of the library…

As 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 askalibrarian@worc.ac.uk and make an appointment or find further information on the Library Services webpage.

POINT THREE: read up on study skills…

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 download them from the Study Skills webpage.

POINT FOUR: 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. 

POINT FIVE: improve your language skills…

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.