There are a number of services available to all students, to provide help and support with any aspect of academic life. They can be accessed by one-on-one appointments, at regular drop-ins or via email and telephone.Know what you're looking for? Go to:
- Study Advice Service
- Maths Support
- Peer Assisted Learning
- RUSU Academic Advice
- Subject Liaison Librarians
The Study Advice Service can help you develop more effective ways of studying. They are a team of specialists who can offer academic support alongside that given to you by your tutor. They can talk to you about essay and report writing, time management, reading and note-making, exam revision, dissertations and the way you study.
You can book a one-to-one advice session, tailor-made to your needs and completely confidential.
There is a drop-in quick enquiry helpdesk which operates from 12:00-16:00 during term time. From 18th April 2017, the service will be based on the Ground Floor of the URS building, as part of the on-going Library refurbishments.
A regular seminar programme takes place on Wednesday afternoons, with attendance counting towards the RED Award.
Maths Support is a drop in service that can help you with any mathematical topic you are struggling with during your studies. They are a team of experienced mathematicians who can help you with problems, or help build you maths confidence in a relaxed, friendly environment.
Tutors are available during term time from Monday-Thursday 12:00-18:00 and Friday: 12:00-16:00. During vacation, the service is available Tuesday –Thursday, 12:00-14:00. If you cannot make it during these times, you can get one-to-one advice via email by contacting email@example.com.
From 18th April 2017 the service will be based on the Ground Floor of the URS building, as part of the ongoing Library refurbishments.
A global model at Reading
Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) is a globally recognised scheme where students in the same subject work with each other, and in partnership with a supportive academic. Well-trained student PAL leaders run weekly academic study sessions in specific modules. You work with students from the year above who have been through the module, which is known to be tough or difficult, and together you gain a better understanding. Recent data shows that students who go to PAL sessions regularly gain better results.
What students who go to PAL sessions say:
“It's been really helpful to go over what we do in lectures, as the content is difficult.”
“Getting advice from people who have already studied the course has helped.”
“I think it was so useful. To learn from other students who have been in my position before was brilliant.”
“The leaders were friendly and helpful; they made every session worthwhile to go to.”
“We can input into what we would like covered in the sessions.”
Benefits of going to PAL sessions:
- time to go over difficult material together with other students
- opportunity to discuss ideas and ask questions that are hard to ask in lectures
- gain confidence and make friends
- achieve better results in the module
Weekly PAL sessions are structured to be lively, active and fun. If you have the opportunity to take part in PAL as part of your course, you should definitely take advantage of it.
If you have any questions, please contact Caroline Crolla at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44(0) 118 378 6514. Click here to find out about becoming a PAL Leader yourself.
RUSU Academic Advice
RUSU Academic Advice can support you if you are having academic problems, or you have concerns about your relationship with the University. They can help with issues such as:
- Help during exams
- University complaints
- Results Appeals
- Help for Disabled Students
- Academic Misconduct
- Extenuating Circumstances
You can use their online Advice Request Form to set up an appointment with an adviser.All subjects/schools have their own liaison librarian who will act as your main point of contact with the library. They can help you with:
- Advice on finding information
- How to use databases and EndNote
- Any general library enquiry