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Learning Support Tutors

Our learning support tutors can help you learn and develop your academic skills

Our learning support tutors in the Faculty of Science and Health can help you develop your academic skills and support you with a range of different assignment types.

Booking a session with a tutor

There are 3 types of bookable sessions, of up to 45 minutes in length, available:

  • 1-to-1 session: online, via Google Meets or Zoom, or face-to-face (in-person)
  • Small group tutorial: online or face-to-face
  • Electronic/email feedback: asynchronous and online, during which we add comments to draft assignment work 

How to book

You can book sessions via the booking form on our Moodle page. Once you've booked, we will either email you for further details or send a Google calendar invite (via your University email) as soon as we can, normally within 2 working days.

It is best to plan ahead for when you might need our support as you'll normally need to book a session at least 2 weeks in advance.

Once you have an appointment booked, please read the instructions provided in your invitation and any subsequent emails, so you know how to access your session and get the most from it. For example, we may require you to share documents in advance, or ask for some more information from you.

Types of academic development we support

We can offer advice and support with:

  • Finding and using academic sources
  • Planning and structuring work to create logic and cohesion
  • Writing in different formats such as essays, reports, and dissertations
  • Understanding and incorporating criticality
  • Citation, referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • Proofreading and editing techniques (for you to use yourself)
  • Understanding and making the most of your feedback
  • Revision skills and exam techniques
  • Organisation and time management
  • Improving presentation skills
  • Maths and statistics

Making the most of your 1-to-1 session

Support in planning and preparation

To help you with making sense of assignments, please bring your assignment brief/guidance and any ideas to your 1-to-1 session and, we will discuss strategies to help you plan, research and structure your work. 

Feedback on drafts assignments

  • Please request a session no later than five working days before your submission date.
  • If support is required for draft work, please send the draft to us at least two working days before the start of your booked session. 
  • We cannot proofread work. If you require support on how to improve your own proofreading skills, we are happy to offer guidance on this.
  • We will use the booked session time to provide what feedback and suggestions we can on relevant areas,  such as academic writing style, structure and organisation. Any advice given on portions of draft work is intended for you to use as guidance to go through the rest of your work and improve it yourself.
  • If there is support you need that we are not able to offer, we will do our best to signpost you to other appropriate University services.

Important things to note

Who can use our service?

Learning Support is available to any student, on any programme at any level in the Faculty of Science and Health, seeking to improve their academic skills and grades. 

We are not restricted to those wishing only to achieve a pass, or who feel they are struggling, and often have first class students approach us, seeking help on a specific topic, or simply looking to improve further.

Session guidance and limits

You can attend up to five sessions in any one teaching block or assessment period, and, if relevant, you can book up to a maximum of two sessions of any type per assignment (unless it is your final year dissertation). 

Our advice and guidance is based on general academic principles, and we cannot provide specific support with subject content. Please refer to your programme and module teaching, Moodle content and the advice of your lecturers. 

If your tutor/lecturer/supervisor provides different advice to us, on the same subject/assignment, we recommend you follow their guidance, as they are programme and module leaders in your School or Department who set and mark your work.

If you no longer need your  session, please cancel it as soon as possible, ahead of time by emailing the relevant tutor and/or sci.learningsupport@port.ac.uk.

Meet the team

There are currently four tutors on our team: 

Toby Scott-Ward - toby.scott-ward@port.ac.uk - Toby has a PhD in biochemistry, with extensive research experience in the biosciences, and the application of core scientific statistics and mathematics in the health sciences.

Emma Tribbeck - emma.tribbeck@port.ac.uk - Emma has a background in science, with experience in teaching functional maths and academic study skills, and supporting students at secondary, FE and HE levels who have additional learning needs or a learning difference.

Alice Moore - alice.moore@port.ac.uk - Alice is an English specialist who is experienced in teaching at FE and HE levels. She has taught functional, GCSE and A level English and is interested in HE transition and one-to-one discourse analysis. 

Emma Cufley - emma.cufley@port.ac.uk - Emma has a degree in Biomedical Sciences, with experience in teaching science at secondary level and providing targeted intervention to students with a variety of additional learning needs.

Contact us

For all enquiries relating to Learning Support for Science and Health, please either email the tutor directly (above), or use email sci.learningsupport@port.ac.uk don't forget to use your University student email address.

Data sharing and confidentiality

Our service is confidential. However, to provide effective support, we need to collect this data for our records, including your student ID, name, school, programme, level of study, and your reason for seeing us.

On occasion, it may be in your best interest for us to inform staff in your School/Department that you have been to see us, however, you can choose whether or not you agree to this, when you complete the form.

If, however, we have concerns about your wellbeing or safety, we will contact the relevant staff, in line with the University's guidance on safeguarding.

 

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