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Academic and study skills

Academic support is available on a wide range of topics including:

  • Planning and writing essays
  • Reading for comprehension
  • Note-taking
  • Studying for exams
  • Writing reports
  • Citing and referencing
  • Managing time
  • Writing critical reviews

‌Students can find support through four primary methods: individual appointments, drop-in sessions, seminars in their school, and through online resources. Academic and study skills image.Students may also have their questions answered by reviewing the information covered in the TGAP module and in the University of St Andrews’ Good Academic Practice Policy.


Please note, that our CAPOD office does not have a full mobility access. If you have any access requirements, please contact CAPOD directly on (01334) 46 2141 or email

One to one appointments

One-to-one appointments are one-hour sessions designed for students who feel they need longer assistance with particular study skills. 


About CAPOD tutoring services

  • Appointments are free and confidential
  • Our primary aim is to help students over occasional bumps—please note, we do not offer routine tutoring service
  • Services are limited to no more than 3 tutoring appointments per term
  • We cannot offer discipline specific help
  • The tutor will not proof-read, edit, or discuss any written work that is not yet submitted

 Who may request tutoring and when?

  • Undergraduates
  • Taught postgraduates (Masters)
  • Tutoring services are not available to PGR (PhD) students
  • Before requesting an appointment with CAPOD, please first work with your school and or the tutors assigned to your modules.
  • New students in particular will be required to attend at least 2 weeks of classes before being considered for a one-to-one appointment with CAPOD. New to essay writing? Speak to your module tutor, collect a ‘Planning your essay’ booklet from our admin office, and or go over a typical essay structure with a tutor at a drop-in session at the library Thursdays 2-4:45
  • We are also able to offer appointments via Skype where a student is unable to attend in person because of personal circumstances or being outside St Andrews for a period of time.  This is also open to commuting students.

What can I expect from an appointment?

  • Strategies to support you to become independent in your studies
    • Number of appointments per semester is therefore limited
  • One-to-one for one hour
    • Several topics can be tutored in the same appointment
    • Maths/Stats & Study Skills cannot be tutored in the same appointment (different tutors are required)
  • Experienced postgraduate (PhD) tutors
    • Study Skills tutors may be from a different discipline than your own but can help you to develop effective study strategies and enhance your approach to your academic work.

 How do I book a one-to-one appointment? 

  1. Register on our system 'Tutlings'- click on the button below!
  2. Request one single appointment, which may be all you need to get back on track. 

 study skills button

Please check your junk, clutter or spam folders for emails from Tutlings. Add Tutlings to your list of contacts!

 N.B. If booking over the weekend, please DO NOT make a Monday appointment. Our office does not open until Monday morning and therefore our staff will not be able to process your appointment in time.


Where do I go on the day of the appointment?

All tutoring appointments will be conducted in the administrative offices of CAPOD located in St Salvator's Quad.  

Enter the Quad through the archway under the clock tower. Our offices are on your left in the Hebdomadar's Building.

Drop-in Sessions

Not all study-skills questions require a one-hour appointment. In these instances, drop-in sessions at the library are available.
Please note, the Drop in sessions are available during term time only.

You can find the study-skills tutor in the CAPOD booth across from the IT Help Desk.  Feel free to drop-by the booth and ask the tutor your quick questions. No appointment necessary!


Drop-in sessions are:

  • Day: Thursdays

  • Times: between 14:00 - 16:45

  • Location: University Library, North Street

Evening Students

Information on our provision for students registered on the evening programme can be found below.

If Evening students are unable to attend a study skills appointment during the day, subject to tutor availability, they may able to book a confidential one-hour 1:1 study skills appointment in the evening.

To book an evening appointment, students should e-mail with the following details:

Subject of email:  Evening Study Skills Appointment
Year of study:
Contact telephone number:  (so that we can get in touch if necessary e.g. due to staff illness)
Modules you need help with:
Topic(s) you need help with: (see above for list of Study Skills topics)
Preferred time and date: Please give a selection to help us find you a tutor.

A staff member will reply with the name of your tutor and the appointment time you have been allocated.  Your appointment is not booked until you have had confirmation from CAPOD.

Alternatively, you may call the CAPOD office: 01334 462141, or make an appointment in person.

Out of hours appointments may take place in the Library.  More information will be provided when your appointment is confirmed.


Academic Skills for your Subject

There are various ways to develop academic skills for your subject, including engaging with the Academic Skills Project and fully participating in the academic life of your school.


Your school may be participating in the Academic Skills Project, which provides subject specific training in academic skills designed and delivered by a team of research postgraduates. Check out the Academic Skills Project page for more information about what workshops are running in your school.

You can also develop subject-specific skills through taking part in lectures, seminars, field-trips, completing assignments, projects, dissertations and outreach work.

You may want to take the opportunity to become involved in your school events and research seminars (or even another schools'!). Some are highlighted below, but check your school website and notice boards for other opportunities.


Online Guides and Resources

You may prefer to improve your study skills through utilising these short guides and resources, produced by CAPOD's Academic Skills Team.

The University Library also has an excellent page on referencing and citation, with links to some of the most popular style guides.  You may also find the following guides helpful (CAPOD cannot take responsibility for the content of any externally hosted pages):

MLA Quick Guide

Open University's Guide to Harvard.

York University's guide to referencing.


CAPOD has also developed a Guide to Reducing File Size (PDF, 579 KB) to provide advice on how to reduce file size where necessary (e.g. before uploading to MMS).


Academic Writing

The University of Manchester's Academic Phrasebank is a very comprehensive resource for anyone wanting to improve their academic writing.

If you are looking to improve your grammar and written English, check out the University of Bristol's online grammar resources.


Mind mapping

A programme called MindJet MindManager is available through the Unviersity. You can download the software through Apps Anywhere and view some tutorials.

Good Academic Practice and TGAP

All students are required to take TGAP in their first year of studies at the University of St Andrews. TGAP is accessed via the University's Moodle system, and you must complete the material and related assessments.


All students should be familiar with the University of St Andrews Good Academic Practice Policy.

Language correction and proof-reading

A list of resources and information about language correction.

The following materials and resources are available for students, and includes the University's language correction policy which students should be read prior to using the contact details.


Please read prior to making contact:

Using a language correction service:

  • Language correctors' contact details
    • Please note: this page is password protected, so you will need to login with your usual University username & password.

  • Remember to acknowledge any language correction using the declaration stipulated in the Language Correction policy.

CAPOD office
Hebdomadar's Block
St Salvators' Quad

Tel: (01334) 46 2141