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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.

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.

Who may request tutoring?

  • Undergraduates

  • Taught postgraduates (Masters)

  • Tutoring services are not available to PGR (PhD) 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

We can help you to develop effective study strategies and enhance your approach to your academic work. We cannot offer discipline specific help; the tutor will also not proof-read, edit, or discuss any written work that is not yet submitted.  Appointments are free and confidential.

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

  1. Register on our system 'Tutlings'- click on the button below!

  2. Begin by requesting one single appointment, which may be all you need to get back on track. 

 study skills button

Please check your junk folder for emails from Tutlings and add it 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 for the appointment?

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

Enter the Quad through the archway under the clock tower and our offices are on your left in the Hebdomadar's Block.

 

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 learning@st-andrews.ac.uk with the following details:

Subject of email:  Evening Study Skills Appointment
Name:
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 noticeboards 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.

 

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

The University also has purchased a site licence for mind mapping software called MindGenius. This allows you to create mind maps on your PC easily and quickly. You can download the software from the IT Services webpage, and visit their YouTube channel for short tutorial videos about how to use it.

An alternative programme called MindJet MindManager is also available. You can download the software and view some tutorials.

 

The Careers Centre also offers students the chance to complete a Learning Styles Indicator which might give you useful insight into how best you learn. Details can be found on their psychometric tools page. 

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.

Resources for School Presidents and Class Representatives

Here you can find a selection of video resources to help you understand the Academic Representative roles prior to attending Class Rep training.

CAPOD office
Hebdomadar's Block
St Salvators' Quad

Tel: (01334) 46 7175
Email: learning@st-andrews.ac.uk