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Academic study support

Academic skills support at St Mary's is delivered online and in person by the Library Team and the Learning Development Lecturers.

English Language support is also offered by one of the Learning Development Lecturers.

Online resources

We offer online help with a range of academic and library topics. Take a look at our online resources to see how these can support your learning.

One-to-one support

One to one support is offered by the Library and Learning Development teams. We can help with the following topics:

  • Library research, incluing finding resources, search strategies and more for your assignments
  • Referencing
  • Planning/structuring an assignment
  • Understanding assessment criteria
  • Academic writing
  • Critical thinking/critical analysis
  • Presentation skills
  • Time management

Booking a session

Academic Liaison Librarian

We are currently offering online appointments via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Please request an appointment online.

Once you have booked your session you will receive a confirmation email. We will then send you another email before your session with joining details.

Have a look at our information for users to see how we can support you.

Learning Development Lecturers

The Learning Development Lecturers (LDLs) work with your programme lecturers to set up initiatives to support you:

Your lecturers are able to refer you for a one-to-one appointment with one of the LDLs to develop your academic skills. The LDLs offer specific guidance with regards to academic writing, by offering support with a variety of topics:

  • Planning and structuring an assignment
  • Understanding assessment criteria

English language support

The academic English support programme is designed for any student who feels they need additional advice or support on language issues. Although this may be of particular use to students who speak English as an additional or second language, all undergraduate and postgraduate students are welcome.

The Student Hub

In addition to the support offered by the Library Team and the LDLs as described above, the Student Hub gives you the opportunity to discuss broad (academic) issues that you might face as a student and an opportunity to chat. 

The following initiatives take place every Wednesday, via Zoom:

The Education Hub, 2-3pm

A drop-in session for all students to discuss broad academic issues with peers and LDLs.

Coffee and Chat, 3-3.30pm

A drop-in opportunity for all students to catch up and chat with other students and staff informally.

You can join either of these sessions via Zoom.