How can I arrange academic skills support for my students?

What academic skills support is available? 

The Library Academic Support Team is here to support your students’ skills in: 

  • Information and digital literacy 
  • Academic communication 
  • Maths and statistical analysis 
  • Using IT 

For all these areas, the Team provides both academic skills teaching embedded in the curriculum and a programme of generic workshops and webinars. There are also opportunities for one-to-one support through short appointments with Academic Librarians and Academic Skills Tutors. 

How can I get academic skills teaching embedded in my course? 

In the 2020/21 academic year, we will be supporting students’ academic skills online. In line with the Teaching and Learning Framework, we can provide students with asynchronous materials for academic skills content. Additionally, we may be able to deliver and record synchronous "live" follow-on, if needed (most likely in the form of an online drop-in for questions/discussion). Our aim is to ensure that our support is embedded in students’ timetables and linked clearly to upcoming assessments or learning outcomes. We require a minimum of two weeks’ notice for in-curriculum sessions and require relevant documents (e.g. module handbooks, assessment criteria, examples of previous students' work, etc.) to be sent to us. This lead-in time, together with the information we collect from you, will allow us to tailor our session to the specific needs of your students. We will be able to offer 2 tailored in-curriculum sessions per cohort. 

How else can Skills for Learning help my students? 

During term time, we run an open programme of workshops and drop-ins that students can book on via MyHub

If a student needs 1-1 support, we can offer them a maximum of 2 appointments per teaching period across the Library Academic Support team. Students can book an appointment through the Get Help form. 

Downloadable worksheets, guides and resources can be accessed via the Skills for Learning website topic pages. The topic pages offer interactive quizzes, as well as links to external websites for further support with academic skills. 

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