Our service

The Degree Doctor provides specialist one-to-one study skills support to Disabled Students’ Allowance-funded students, working with them on strategies and techniques to develop their skills for autonomy in the learning environment. This specialist study skills support helps students to ‘bridge the gap’ and make a success of their studies. Getting your support from The Degree Doctor is easy because we fit around you, and as the cost of tuition is paid by your funding body directly to your Study Skills Tutor, there are no payments to organise either. Here are the features of the service we offer:

  • An approachable, friendly tutor who specialises in working with degree students, has extensive experience of the higher education environment, including as a university tutor and lecturer, and holds a specialist specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) qualification (Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education (PGCPSE (Open)).
  • A tutor registered with DSA-QAG to provide specialist one to one study skills support (SpLD), and who has AMBDA FE/ HE status (Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association, Further Education/ Higher Education) – the ‘gold standard’ accreditation for professionals working in SpLD support at university level – and membership of ADSHE’s Quality Assurance scheme, evidencing appropriate qualifications, a high standard of continuing professional development and a commitment to abide by the ADSHE code of ethics and seven principles of one-to-one support.
  • Sessions at a time to suit you, including at evenings and weekends. Regular weekly slots are available, but sessions are also offered flexibly on an ‘as and when’ basis. We also often have slots available at short notice for when deadlines are looming.
  • Tuition at a convenient location. We have access to confidential facilities in central Southend but, when recommended at your needs assessment, we also offer study skills sessions in your own home, or at your university (subject to visitor access being arranged). We work primarily in the Southend area, but travel to you further afield in Essex, London and elsewhere in the south east is also possible.
  • Support via Skype when you can’t make it in person (subject to recommendation in your Needs Assessment Report).
  • An Individual Learning Plan and Learning Agreement negotiated at the outset and periodically reviewed to ensure that support is tailored to your individual needs and to provide a framework for sessions.
  • A DBS (formerly CRB) checked, insured (Professional Indemnity and Public Liability) and first aid trained tutor, who has a clearly defined complaints procedure.
  • A tutor with membership of key professional organisations, including full membership of the Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (ADSHE).
  • A tutor who works to professional guidelines, including ADSHE’s Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Specialist Support for Students with SpLDs in Higher Education and the Patoss Code of Ethics for Specialist Teachers and Assessors.
  • A free of charge DSA application assistance service. If you haven’t yet been assessed for dyslexia, or are unsure about the Disabled Students’ Allowance application process, we can guide you through it, from getting your evidence in place right through to receiving your equipment and support. Get in touch to see how we can help you.
Contact us today to discuss your study skills support and arrange a study session.