Academic skills tutorials
Find out what to expect from our tutorials.
How do I request a tutorial?
As of November 1st 2021 we are able to offer some in person tutorials to students but the majority of our appointments are still online.
Online appointments are held on Microsoft teams for individuals and groups and can be booked via the link further below.
What do we offer?
We offer both:
- 50-minute tutorial appointments with an Academic Skills tutor.
Our aim is to promote independent learning, so we offer you a maximum of two appointments per assignment.
You can book an appointment up to three weeks in advance.
Your support sessions are confidential, and we will not share your attendance or the contents of the sessions with lecturers or other students.
Please note we cannot offer you an appointment if you are currently sitting an online or take-home exam.
What are the academic skills sessions about?
The 50 minute 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
- Using RefWorks (for advanced queries, please contact your subject librarian)
We are now able to offer in-person tutorials as members of our team will be on campus Monday to Friday starting from Monday November 1st 2021. In-person appointments can be booked from the link below. We politely ask that students who attend these face to face sessions take a lateral flow test the day of the tutorial and wear a mask during the tutorial. If you feel unwell, please tell us and we can move the appointment online.
If you would like us to review your work, please send it to us it before the appointment, and bring your own copy /or your own device to review it.
The Academic Skills Team offices are based on the third floor of the University Building – on your appointment please come into our waiting area and a member of our team will collect you from there.
Can I attend with someone else from my course?
You can team up with one other student from your course and book an academic 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. Numeracy sessions are for individuals only
What about group tutorials?
We can offer 50-minute small group tutorials for up to four students on the following academic skills:
- Managing your time and workload
- Reading and note-taking techniques
- Critical evaluation
- Critical writing
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Group tutorials are only currently available online via MS teams.
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 or Disability teams). This means, for example, that we will not disclose information about you to your academic department or other students. However, if you disclose an emotional or mental health issue, we may ask for your permission to contact the Student Counselling and Mental Health Service. In exceptional cases where we believe you are a risk to yourself or to someone else, we will contact the SCMHS regardless of consent.
Should I send my work in advance of the tutorial?
Academic Skills Tutors might be able to look at your work prior to the appointment if you upload it beforehand. It is also useful if the Tutor can see the assessment criteria. You can upload documents via the booking form.
What about proofreading?
Tutors are not allowed to proofread your work, although we can help you to improve your own proofreading skills.
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.
If you are an EU or International student with neurodiversity support needs but you don’t have funding for this, you can have an initial session with a Neurodiversity Support Tutor. After this session, you might be referred to the Academic Skills Team.
Do you offer English language support?
We cannot provide specialist English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) support. If you feel that you would benefit from English Language support, please contact the English for Academic Purposes service.
How do I request a tutorial?
Use the online form linked below to request a tutorial:
There is high demand for these appointments. If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please do so via the cancellation link (in your confirmation email) at least 24 hours in advance. If you cancel with less than 24 hours' notice, or if you can’t attend an appointment and don’t let us know, we can’t offer the slot to another student. If this happens three times in a row, you will not be able to make a further appointment for a period of one month.