A study skills tutor works with students on a one-to-one basis to develop and implement strategies and solutions to enable students to maximise their academic success. This support can take place in the student’s accommodation, university, a mutually convenient and suitable venue or remotely (via Skype). This may include:
Time management and planning in order to meet personal and course deadlines.
Structuring assignments using a linear essay plan or mind map/spider diagrams (either by hand or using Assistive Technology software).
Breaking down assignment questions to identify keywords and sections to aid assignment planning.
Memory and revision techniques for test and exam situations.
Proof-reading techniques to enable students to recognise their mistakes on their own and correct them.
Strategies to assist with spelling and grammar, for example, ensuring joining words are used through the use of screen-reader software.
Research strategies – enabling students to find relevant information through skim-reading and the use of keywords.
Note-taking strategies for lectures and seminars.
Working with the student on a one-to-one basis, mentors provide interventions to enable the student to manage their mental health in relation to their academic studies, promoting strategies for independent learning and self-management. This support can take place in the student’s accommodation, university, a mutually convenient and suitable venue or remotely (via Skype). The academic mentor can help with a variety of issues including:
Organisation and Time Management
Beginning academic tasks
Structuring and planning
Management of anxiety/work load