Academic Skills Support
Supporting your studies
Our Academic Skills Unit (ASK) offers free academic support throughout your studies. We can help you whatever your skill level, course or level of study. Our support us open to all University of Portsmouth students including undergraduate, postgraduate and research students.
Our team of friendly tutors can help you develop your academic skills, from your thinking and approach to tasks, to writing style and organisational skills. We aim to help you improve as an independent learner in a challenging but kind environment that gives you the tools you need to succeed.
How we can help
ASK services include:
- personalised 1-to-1 tutorials – fully confidential and tailored to help improve on what matters to you most
- online resources – covering referencing, writing essays, group working, presentations and revision
- skills sessions and workshops – helping you focus on building common skills you'll use to succeed at university
- student IT training – get to grips with basic digital skills
- Lectures during your course – your subject tutors will sometimes invite ASK members to speak as part of your programme of study
I had no idea that the work I need to do is totally different to what I was expecting. There were expectations on me and I had no idea what to do. I saw an ASK tutor and after just 3 sessions I had improved significantly.
You can access this support and guidance if you're a distance learner too. We can help you to use our online platforms, engage with your tutors remotely and manage your learning alongside your other responsibilities.
Contact the ASK team to work with one of our tutors and choose what works best for you. We can offer you remote 1-to-1 sessions by phone, email, or channels like Google chat and Skype.
If you're a mature student beginning higher education we can help you get up to speed with studying and scheduling at uni. We can offer advice on how teaching and learning has change since you last studied, and what types of learning strategies and approaches are the best fit for you and your course.
Faculty specific support
For help with course related skills, techniques and challenges, your Faculty's dedicated learning support and development tutors are the best people to speak with.
If you get in contact with us we'll be able to assess who would be the best fit to support you. If we think your Faculty specific tutors can provide you the support you need we'll put you in touch with them.
Just having someone who hadn't already heard my dissertation ideas to who I could spout all the stuff about it was really useful... allowed me to get a load of the info that'd been stuck in my head out, and onto a mind-map. They're very easy people to talk to, which is great.
If you'd like to book a session with a tutor from the ASK team, you can book yourself or ask your course tutor to refer you to us. You'll be offered one-to-one tutorials, group-based skills sessions or workshops.
We're open from 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday, and until 4.00pm on Fridays. We also offer appointments during most holiday periods if you'd like to prepare for next session, aside from Christmas to New Year closure.
ASK has been a great help. I have seen a significant improvement in my grades. It has helped me to improve my style of writing and to overcome mistakes being made on a regular basis.
Our online resources will help you improve your skills and develop reliable study habits in your own time. You can download most of these resources as PDFs so they're easy to add to your notes.