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Developing your students' academic skills

Referring students to Skills@Library

If you think a student of yours would benefit from additional support with their academic skills, you can refer them to Skills@Library. In addition to our online academic skills resources, we provide an open programme of workshops and webinars and 1-to-1 support. We also offer a Maths drop-in service.

Refer students to a Skills@Library workshop

Individual students can book a place on our workshops and webinars themselves through our online booking system.

The workshops are very popular and often get booked up quickly at the beginning of each semester – for this reason bookings are only ever available for the current semester.

If you have a student who would like to attend a workshop that is fully booked, suggest that they email Skills@Library to ask to be put on the waiting list for a particular workshop. There are sometimes last-minute cancellations or, if a topic is proving particularly popular, we may schedule an additional session.

If you have a number of students needing extra support in a particular area, contact us to see if we can arrange a workshop within your school.

Refer students to a one-to-one support session

Students are able to book an appointment for a one-to-one consultation with a Learning Advisor. To book an appointment, the student should either phone 0113 3434096 during our opening times (09:30 – 17:00, Monday – Friday), or complete our short online request form.

These individual consultations are intended to help students enhance their academic practice. Our Learning Advisors can help students with developing a wide range of academic skills and strategies, on topics including critical thinking, academic writing, reading, and finding and evaluating information.

Students are entitled to an initial 30-minute appointment and up to two follow-up sessions per semester if necessary.

If a student has requested a one-to-one appointment, we may ask them to send us an example of their work in advance, along with any feedback they have received. Given the short time available, students are encouraged to identify a specific issue or query that they have; this will help to ensure they get the most out of the consultation.

Refer students to a Maths drop-in session

One-to-one advice is available at our maths drop-in sessions. Our experienced tutors also encourage students to work on their maths problems in small groups. These group sessions often involve working with students from a similar course.

Students do not have to book in advance for these sessions. They take place in the Footsteps Fund Room, on Level 1 of the Laidlaw Library, Monday to Thursday, 13:00 – 16:00, during term time and exam weeks.