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Specialist study skills support

Who is eligible for one-to-one study skills support?

If you have a specific learning difference such as;

  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder

You can register with the Wellbeing Service (Disability & Dyslexia) at any time during your studies at St Mary’s University, who will offer guidance on how to apply for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) which funds study skills support. 

What is one-to-one study skills support?

Study Skills support is different from other academic support.

Your specialist study skills tutor will tailor the individual sessions to meet your individual needs by considering the following:

  • How you study, and trying out different strategies
  • Help to motivate you in your studies
  • Tutorials will be well structured, help you to set goals for your progress
  • Sessions will be manageable and taught at your pace
  • Strategies will be repeated where necessary

What happens in a tutoring session?

You will be allocated a qualified specialist tutor who will give you one-to-one tutorials.

In your first session you and your tutor will decide on learning objectives to cover in the tutorials.

Tutorials will:

  • Teach you visual, listening or movement strategies
  • Be based around your current assignments, but your tutor will not proof-read your assignment or teach you your subject
  • Normally be weekly for 1 hour
  • Comprise a set number of hours, but we may be able to recommend more tutoring hours if you need them.

Areas in which tutorials may help

  • Reading, note taking and research skills
  • Assignment writing for different types of academic assignment: planning, structure, writing style, referencing and proof-reading strategies
  • Spelling strategies      
  • Grammar and vocabulary
  • Exam and revision strategies
  • Memory techniques

How do I organise specialist study skills?

You can contact the Student Wellbeing Service and complete a DSA Support Request Form where you can specify when you are available for sessions. The Student Wellbeing Service will also try and contact you to ask you to complete the form and arrange an appointment. Once you have met your study skills tutor for the initial session, it is your responsibility to ensure that further sessions are agreed (subject to the number of hours recommended).