Study skills support
Study skills support helps students to work more efficiently by improving their generic study skills, for example in essay construction and writing, examination techniques and revision skills. The aim is to maximise students’ ability, addressing the barriers caused by their specific learning difference or disability, allowing them to become independent learners. Study skills tuition is non-subject specific and does not mean ‘lessons’ with the tutor ‘teaching’, but student-led sessions where the tutor acts as a facilitator and the student takes responsibility for developing their own learning processes.
The content of study skills sessions will vary from student to student, but Study Skills Tutors will typically support students in the following areas:
- Research – using research tools effectively; mastering core research skills; reading efficiently; managing the reading load; developing library skills.
- Composition – planning, structuring, editing and proofreading written work; referencing correctly; using spelling strategies.
- Notetaking – skills for taking effective lecture notes; making economical research notes for a specific purpose.
- Time management – pacing your studies; planning written work; developing effective organisational skills.
- Examination skills – revision techniques; making revision timetables; capitalising on extra time in exams.
- Placement skills – writing reflectively; diary-writing techniques; effective use of professional language.