Study Skills Advice
Each Faculty provides a range of learning support facilities to assist students to develop a range of academic and specialist skills appropriate to their area of study. These include academic writing, time management and software support.
Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries
Faculty Academic Skills Tutors
The Faculty Academic Skills Tutors (FAST) offer academic skills support and advice to all students, at all levels across the Faculty.
Creative Skills+ offers workshops and one-to-one tutorials in many areas, from software and hardware skills through to video production techniques and drawing classes.
Student Support Adviser
The Student Support Adviser supports students who encounter academic, personal or financial difficulties while at university.
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS)
Learning Development Tutors based in each department within the Faculty can help you improve your writing and other academic skills whatever level you are currently at. They provide one to one support, as well as workshops covering a variety of topics.
Institute of Criminal Justice (ICJS)
Further details available at https://sites.google.com/a/port.ac.uk/fhss-lsts/icjs
School of Education and Childhood Studies (SECS)
Further details available at https://sites.google.com/a/port.ac.uk/fhss-lsts/secs
School of Languages and Area Studies (SLAS)
Laura Seddon (Academic Skills)
Rhiannon Thompson (English Language)
Cathy Willatt (English Language)
Further details available at http://www.port.ac.uk/school-of-languages-and-area-studies/facilities/learning-development-tutors/
School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies (SSHLS)
Further details available at http://www.port.ac.uk/faculty-of-humanities-and-social-sciences/learning-development/
Support for Quantitative Research Skills e.g. data entry/analysis using Excel or SPSS for anyone in these 4 departments is provided by Dr Stephanie Bennett. More details can be found at http://www.port.ac.uk/faculty-of-humanities-and-social-sciences/facilities-and-features/research-skills-support-quantitative-methods/
Faculty of Science
The Faculty's Learning Support Tutor is Dr. Simon Gamble and his websites can be found at: www.port.ac.uk/scilearningsupport. He can be emailed at either email@example.com or at his personal email address firstname.lastname@example.org. His phone number is 023 9284-4421 and his office is James Watson West Building 0.310.
Simon offers a range of personal or group tutorials based around a student's or students' academic skills needs. Anyone can access the service, from first years to final year Ph.D. students. Whether a student is starting, working on, or has just received the mark for a piece of work, Learning Support can help them approach their studying in the best possible way. Some of the topics frequently discussed are; planning projects, essay writing, citing and referencing, plagiarism, time management, grammar, critical analysis and writing, revision and exam techniques. Students can book a session with the tutor via the website, request a group session by email, or attend one of the many workshops which cover a wide range of skills needed to succeed at university.
Faculty of Technology
The Technology Faculty has several Learning Support Tutors who can provide additional support in various subject areas:
- Mechanics and Physics
- Computing and IT skills
For full details and contact information, see
Portsmouth Business School
Study Support Tutors
The Business School has a team of study support tutors; Judith Martin, Julia Matheson, and Aron Truss who are available to help you improve and develop your academic skills and ensure that you obtain the support you need in any area related to your study. Their website http://www.port.ac.uk/portsmouth-business-school/study-support/ offers further detail. They also have a comprehensive moodle site at http://moodle.port.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3110#tab1
Tel: 02392 844007
In addition to support offered in the Faculties, the University provides central study skills advice.
Academic Skills Unit (ASK)
ASK can help you understand and develop your thinking, writing and organisational skills. It offers one-to-one tutorials, a suite of resources, including one- or two-page handouts which can help with anything from referencing to revision or even to help develop your time management skills, and a varied workshop programme addressing particular themes or skills.
Visit the ASK pages on MyPort to find out more or to book an appointment.
English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
We welcome students from all over the world to our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. If English is not your first language, the EAP team can help you succeed in your academic programmes. They offer classes in English for Academic Purposes at introductory and advanced levels for undergraduates and specialist academic English for postgraduates.
Visit the EAP pages on MyPort to find out more and register.
Run by staff and postgraduates from the Department of Mathematics, Maths Café offers free support and help with improving your mathematical skills, and it is open to all students.
In term time, they run daily drop-in sessions at three campus locations as well as a series of workshops. All students, including off-campus, distance and work-based learners, can access Maths Café online resources via the Moodle virtual learning environment where you can also find details of times and locations.