What's the point of University?

Enrolling in a university means you are entering an academic community that is at the cutting edge of shaping our understanding of the world. This session will explore what this means for your day-to-day study.

Audience: Undergraduate 

Achieving your goals

In this session you will be asked to reflect on what you want from university.  This will involve breaking down your goals into practical and achievable actions. Part of this will involve learning about SMART objectives.

Audience: Undergraduates



Critical Thinking

One of the central aims of university is to produce graduates with critical thinking skills.  It is therefore essential that you develop this skill, which involves evaluating and questioning information you have been given.

Audience: Undergraduates.

Sun 17 Feb 14:00-15:00 in C3-07.

Audience: Postgraduates.

Mon 21 Jan 17:00-18:00 in C2-21.
Tue 05 Feb 18:30-19:30 in C3-02.

Wed 20 Feb 17:00-18:00 in C3-07.



Effective Notes

This session explores various approaches to note taking and note making, and may help you identify what works best for you. It will also cover how to record and summarise information you gather from books and journals. 

Audience: Undergraduates.


Essay Writing

We all struggle to make a start on a new assignment, but how can we make the process less painful?  This session will explore how to plan and write your essay, with a central focus on making sure you answer the question. 

Audience: Undergraduates.

Tue 15 Jan 14:00-15:00 in C2-09.
Thu 14 Feb 13:00-14:00 in C3-07.
Sun 17 Mar 12:00-13:00 in C3-14.

Audience: Postgraduates.

Tue 15 Jan 17:00-18:00 in C2-09.
Mon 28 Jan 19:00-20:00 in C3-02.
Sun 17 Feb 19:00-20:00 in C3-07.
Wed 13 Mar 17:00-18:00 in C3-02.

Exam Preparation

Please come to this class to get a head start on exam revision. This session will help you plan your leisure time during the Spring Vacation as well as giving advice about planning your revision strategies for the exams in April. 

Audience: Undergraduate.

Monday 25 Mar 13:00-14:00 in C2-02.

Audience: Postgraduate.

Sunday 24 Mar 19:00-20:00 in C3-14.

Tuesday 26 Mar 17:00-18:00 in C3-07.

How to Overcome Procrastination

We all engage in some form of procrastination, even if it’s just a short delay before starting work.  However, for some people it can be a real barrier to achieving good grades.  This session will ask you to reflect on your own study habits and together we will attempt to identify ways to reduce procrastination.

Audience: Undergraduates.


Literature Reviews

Literature Reviews provide an overview of relevant published academic work within your area of study.  The process involves analysing and evaluating key findings and presenting these systematically. This workshop will help you understand the process and the reasons why this process is so important.

Audience: Postgraduates.

Wed 16 Jan 19:00-20:00 in C2-09.
Sun 3 Feb 17:00-18:00 in C3-02.
Mon 4 Mar 18:00-19:00 in C3-04.
Tue 19 Mar 18:30-19:30 in C3-14.

Making the Most of Lectures

This session discusses different techniques to engage with the information you are presented with in lectures and considers the best ways to produce effective notes.

Audience: Undergraduates


Presentation Skills

As a student you are usually on the receiving end of presentations.  This is your opportunity to consider what makes a good presentation and learn about the necessary basic components to help you with individual and group presentations. 

Audience: Undergraduates

Wed 06 Feb 12:00-13:00 in C3-06

Audience: Postgraduates


Presenting your Work - making it look good

Making your work look good helps you take pride in your assignments, and it helps the reader engage more positively with the task of reading your work. This session will start with the basics – making sure you present assignments in the format requested by your department.  We will then move on to consider when and how you should include figures and tables.

Audience: Undergraduate 

Wed 6 Feb 12:00-13:00 in C3-06

Report Writing

Good report writing skills are an essential part of academic and commercial life, so this workshop will be highly beneficial to help you develop this core skill, and help you understand the purpose of a report, how to plan it and how best to structure it in terms of presentation and layout.

Audience: Undergraduate

Tue 12 Mar 14:00-15:00 in C2-07

Audience: Postgraduate

Sun 20 Jan 18:30-19:30 in C2-17
Wed 30 Jan 17:00-18:00 in C3-02
Mon 11 Feb 18:30-19:30 in C3-02
Tue 12 Mar 19:00-20:00 in C2-03

Study Apps

This is an informal drop-in session where you can call into the Effective Learning Office to find out about the latest Apps for smart phones and tablets and share knowledge with fellow students about study Apps you might already be using. 

Study Smartly - strategies for dyslexic students

This session may benefit all students, but focusses on study strategies that may be of particular help to dyslexic students.

Audience: Undergraduates 

Sun 23 Sep 14:00-15:00 

Team working: Group working skills

This session explores the types of skills necessary to work successfully in a team. Developing good team working skills will be invaluable in both university and future work situations.

Audience: Undergraduates


Time Management

Are you always rushing at the last minute to get your assignments in on time? Do you never have enough time to study? If so, come along to this session, and you will have the opportunity to create a study plan that works for you.

Audience: Undergraduates

Mon 21 Jan 15:00-16:00 in C2-21