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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, including researching, writing, presenting, understanding feedback, revising, and organising your work load.

Bookable sessions are available for 1-to-1 tutoring and small group sessions for up to 8 students, which are built around your learning needs. You can also book a 45 minute feedback session.


Types of support

We can offer tutoring on the following topics:

  • Writing techniques for assignments such as essays, reports, projects and dissertations
  • Citation, referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • Organising and planning your workload
  • Making the most of feedback
  • Presentation skills

Important things to note

  • Bring any relevant work or documents you think will be useful to help you explain your needs, such as a marked piece of work, course documents, finished work, or a research article
  • Tutors can't proofread work for you, but they will look at a section of your work to help with areas like style, structure and organisation
  • You can only attend up to five sessions in any one teaching block or assessment period
  • If you no longer require a session you've booked, please cancel it as soon as possible ahead of the session, through your Google calendar

Book a 1-2-1 session

You can book a session or see the resources we have available for you through the Faculty of Science and Health 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's best to plan ahead for when you might need our support. You'll generally need to book a session at least 2 weeks in advance.

Once you have an appointment booked, please follow the guidance we provide so you know how to get to your session and get the most from it.


Topic-focused group sessions

Group sessions must be requested at least 21 days in advance of the desired date. This is to allow time to book an appropriate room and make other necessary arrangements. Please only book one session at a time. This will help to ensure there is capacity for other groups of students to arrange their sessions.

Sessions are about 90 minutes long and can cover one of the following topics:

Topics

Many students have great subject knowledge, but have no idea how to organise their knowledge into a cohesive essay.

This session will give you processes to follow, and tips to remember, that will help you create an assignment that is logical, coherent and easy to follow.

Book now.

Trying to write reflectively can be difficult. Turning your attention inwards and examining your own learning from experience is a vital part of many courses.

This session will give you an understanding of the process of reflection and a range of techniques to help you get the most out of your reflective assignments.

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Productive and effective study is more than just good time management and requires many other abilities including planning and prioritisation, as well as attention to your mental and physical health. This workshop will provide key guidance and advice on what skills and actions are need for making the most of your study time at University.

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To get the best out of your notes, you need to actively engage with the material you're noting down. This means developing your own ideas and meaning, alongside the subject matter.

This session will give you techniques which will support active learning and aid in the recall and review of information from your notes.

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Being able to write clearly is essential to every assignment and exam you complete. Students are often unsure what is meant by 'academic English'.

This session is designed to demystify academic English and will give you plenty of practical tips and examples to improve the clarity of your writing

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Scientific reports are a widely accepted and useful way of communicating information and data, and are written in a similar style to scientific journal articles. This workshop will focus on how to structure and write reports to ensure that all the correct information is in the right place.

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Referencing and citation is a vital part of academic work, but it’s also something of a major chore. It’s important to get it right, because it can make a difference to your grades.

This session takes you through the entire process of creating references correctly and incorporating them into your texts.

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Editing and proofreading is often the trickiest part of the assignment journey. Once you have spent time writing it can be very difficult to cut any of it out or spot any of your mistakes.

This sessions aims to help you prioritise the tasks in this process and give you practical tips and examples to help you hone all of your written work to a high standard.

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Science students need to be able to make high impact posters and deliver engaging presentations. Both of these require a particular set of skills, not only during the preparation phase, but also at the event itself. This workshop will discuss these skills with reference to actual conference posters.

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Stress can really interfere with how you perform in exams which require essay style answers. Planning is key – you need to be sure you're answering the question, rather than writing down everything you know about the subject without giving it structure.

This session provides you with strategies to produce well-crafted essay answers within exam time constraints.

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Students frequently complain about their feedback, but most don't really know what they are supposed to do with it.

This session explores the different varieties and purposes of feedback and shows you how you can use it actively and systematically to improve your grades.

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These sessions will deal with how to revise effectively, including strategies on planning and prioritising your revision, as well as hints and tips on how to understand, retain and recall course content for your exams.

Book now.


Contact us

We have 3 Science Learning Support Tutors. All can provide general study skills support, such as essay planning & writing, academic English, referencing and plagiarism, reading & effective note-taking. We will allocate the tutor who best suits your needs.

Toby Scott-Ward - toby.scott-ward@port.ac.uk - Toby is a Life Scientist who can help with core statistics and mathematics, and offer advice on preparing resources such as scientific reports, posters and proposals.

Denise Douglas - denise.douglas@port.ac.uk - Denise is an Educationalist who can help with reflective work and qualitative techniques, such as data transcription and thematic analysis.

Alice Moore - alice.moore@port.ac.uk - Alice is an English specialist who can offer advice on new approaches and techniques if you have recently transitioned to university study.

For all other enquiries relating to Science Learning Support, please email sci.learningsupport@port.ac.uk (using your @myport.ac.uk or @port.ac.uk email address) or phone +44 (0)23 9284 4416 4426.

Terms and conditions

  • In order to provide the Learning Support Service, we need to collect data for our records. This includes your student ID, name, school, course, level of study, the reason you'd like to make an appointment and a record of your appointments with us. This will be kept confidential.
  • However, on occasion, it may be in your best interest for us to inform staff in your school that you have been to see us. This is usually only to confirm that you are accessing our service.
  • You can choose whether you agree to us sharing your data when you complete the booking form.
  • If at any time we have concerns about your wellbeing, we will contact the relevant staff in line with the University's guidance on safeguarding.
  • The only other use we will make of your data is in an anonymised form, in statistics which show student engagement with the LSTs.

Our advice and guidance is based on general academic principles. If your tutor/lecturer/supervisor gives you different advice on the same subject, we recommend you follow their guidance, as they are subject specialists who are involved in the setting and marking of your work.

Science Learning Support is available to any student in the Faculty of Science.

If you are registered with another Faculty, academic/learning support is available from within your School/Department or Faculty. However, if you are undertaking a Faculty of Science unit, we may be able to offer support. For details, speak to your course team, personal tutor or consult Moodle.

Sessions are typically 45 minutes long. Please make any further contact with us via the sci.learningsupport@port.ac.uk email address. Appointments will be allocated as quickly and as fairly as possible, bearing in mind our availability and your number of previous appointments. If you need support, but are unable to come into University, e.g. because you are a distance learner or are on placement, you can book a 45 minute appointment which can be used for email or telephone feedback.

If you are unable to attend for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible so that the appointment can be reopened for someone else to book.

We can provide help with making sense of assignments before you start them and can give guidance with planning, researching and structuring. Bring your ideas and your assignment brief to a one to one appointment and we will be happy to discuss strategies to help you make the best of your work. Whether a completed piece of work or a piece we help you prepare, we will provide an appropriate level of support which will ensure fairness in your assessments.

  • Please book an appointment no later than five working days before your submission date.
  • If discussing a completed piece of work, please send this at least two working days before your appointment. This will allow time for us to discuss your work and time for you to act on any advice.
  • Any advice given is intended to provide guidance for you to apply to the rest of your work – please use the comments to review the whole piece.
  • We cannot proofread work (or offer advice on external services that do).
  • If you would like guidance on how to proofread your own work, we are happy to discuss this with you.
  • If you require further resources or support to help you with any amendments, we can provide guidance.

Get in touch
  • sci.learningsupport@port.ac.uk

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