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Last updated: 26 Feb 2021 3:08pm

Study skills tutorials

Find out what to expect from our tutorials.

How do I request a tutorial?

As a result of the evolving situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are unable to offer face-to-face appointments at present

We can still offer online appointments for individuals and groups via the form below.

What do we offer?

We offer 50-minute tutorial appointments with an Academic Skills tutor.

You can have up to two appointments per calendar month or two per piece of work.

Please note we cannot offer you an appointment if you are currently sitting an online or take-home exam.

What are these sessions about?

The sessions are tailored to your needs at the time, but here are some examples of areas we can cover:

  • Improving your referencing
  • Developing critical thinking and discussion
  • Reading skills
  • Managing your time
  • Writing your dissertation
  • Improving your revision techniques
  • Improving your exam performance
  • Understanding feedback

Can I attend with someone else from my course?

You can team up with one other student from your course and book a study skills session together if you have similar questions. However, this is not possible if you wish the tutor to look at an individual piece of your work - for this book a one-to-one session.

What about group tutorials?

We can offer 50-minute small group tutorials for up to four students on the following study skills:

  • Managing your time and workload
  • Reading and note-taking techniques
  • Critical evaluation
  • Critical writing
  • Paraphrasing
  • Referencing
  • Proofreading techniques
  • Exam preparation and revision
  • Understanding assessment criteria and breaking down the question (this is most useful before you write a draft)

This type of session works best when:

  • One shared assignment is being discussed
  • There is a maximum of four students per tutorial (if there are more than four people in your cohort who are interested in a tutorial, please contact your course rep to request an integrated session from an academic skills tutor)
  • You specify in advance which skills you would like to cover.

We cannot look at individual work in group sessions (there isn’t enough time). If you want to discuss your own writing style, feedback you have been given or a draft of your work you should book a 1:1 tutorial

We want to promote independent learning, so you can have 2 sessions with AST per assignment – group tutorials on an assignment would count as 1 of these sessions.

To book a group tutorial email: skills@city.ac.uk

Is this service available on campus?

At present the Academic Skills team are only offering online appointments via Microsoft Teams. There are no in person appointments.

Is the tutorial confidential?

Anything you tell us in these sessions is only discussed within the Academic Skills team (and, in some cases where it is deemed necessary, the Neurodiversity, Disability, Student Counselling & Mental Health staff teams).  This means, for example, that we will not disclose information about you to your academic department or other students.  However, we might make exceptions to this protocol if we believe that you or someone you know is at risk of harm

Will you proofread my work?

No, proofreading is not offered within this service although we can help you to improve your own proofreading skills. This is to ensure the authorship of the work is not compromised and academic integrity is upheld. You should carry out your own proofreading as part of the final stage of producing a piece of written work. You should also consult your School on its policy with respect to the use of proof-readers and ensure they adhere to the relevant rules and guidance.

I have a specific learning difference - can you still help me?

If you have been formally identified with a specific learning difference (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD, the Neurodiversity support team at City can offer you specialist support with your studies including tailored one-one study skills tutorials. Please contact them directly for advice and support.

Do you offer English language support?

No, English language support for non-native English speakers is offered by the English for Academic Purposes service.

How do I request a tutorial?

Use the online form linked below to request a tutorial, or contact our admin team using the details at the foot of the page.