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Tutorials and workshops

All students are welcome to use Student Learning Services. You may find our sessions and resources particularly useful if you:

  • are in your first year of study
  • are making the transition from college to university
  • have been out of education for some time
  • are finding your studies particularly challenging
  • are studying in the UK for the first time

What we're able to do:

  • advise you on effective study skills
  • work with you to develop new learning strategies 
  • suggest tools to make your studying more efficient
  • suggest practical solutions if you feel overwhelmed by assignment work
  • help you build academic confidence and make learning enjoyable

Drop-in tutorials

During semester, drop-in tutorials are available to all students between these times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 1:00—4:30pm
  • Thursday, Friday: 9:30am—1:00pm

The drop-in sessions are non-bookable and last for 30 minutes. You can discuss any aspect of your learning, studying and academic work.  

Drop-in tutorials for on-campus students 

Come along to room 3A1, Cottrell Building to sign up for a 30 minute slot. The sign-up sheet goes up at 9.15am each day. Turn up at your allotted time and take a seat and a tutor will be with you as soon as possible. If you want to discuss a specific assignment, please bring a copy with you to the session.

Dedicated drop-in tutorials for Arts & Humanities students

During semester, dedicated drop-in tutorials are available to Arts & Humanities students between these times:

  • Wednesday: 2:00—4:00pm

The drop-in sessions are non-bookable and last for 30 minutes. You can discuss any aspect of your learning, studying and academic work. Come along to room A2, Pathfoot Building to sign up for a slot.

Drop-in tutorials for off-campus students 

If you're based in the Highlands or Western Isles or you are taking an online course, please contact us by e-mail at We will then book you in for a 30 minute drop-in session by e-mail or phone. This may occur outside of the advertised drop-in times. If you want to discuss a specific assignment, we will ask you to send this in advance of the session.

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Answer any quick questions you have Read whole assignments
Explore practical solutions to study issues Proof-read work
Give you some generic feedback on an assignment Edit work
Check you are on track Comment on what grade you'll get
Refer you for additional support if necessary  

Outside of semester time we operate a booking system for drop-in sessions. To contact us outside of term time, please email

Study Skills workshops

We offer a series of Study Skills workshops throughout term time. The workshops are designed for undergraduate students in their first or second year of study. However, any student who feels that they may be useful is welcome to attend. The workshops are non-bookable and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. If possible, please turn up early to ensure a place. See the upcoming schedule below. 

Spring 2020 Study Skills workshops






Wednesday 22 January

14.00 - 15.00

Managing your time Good time management is necessary for you to pace the workloads, to ensure your assignments are handed in on time and to minimise last minute panic. This workshop will explore issues around time management and procrastination and discuss some practical solutions for the times when things get busy. Cottrell 2B76

Wednesday 29 January or Wednesday 5 February

14.00 - 16.00

Essay planning and writing In this workshop we look at getting started on essay assignments. We show you how to deconstruct a question, research the topic and plan out a basic essay structure. We also look at what makes a good introduction and conclusion and how to write a focused paragraph.




Thursday 30 January  13.00 - 14.00 Dissertation writing 

This workshop is aimed at students who are thinking about their final year dissertation. We will consider what a dissertation is, ways of approaching dissertation planning and strategies to ensure you stay focused and efficient.

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Wednesday 12 February 14.00 - 15.00 Referencing and how to avoid plagiarism

This workshop will consider why referencing is important and more importantly, how to use evidence and reference. We will include short interactive exercises to help you explore and understand some of the issues around plagiarism and how to avoid it. We will focus on the Stirling Harvard style of referencing but the workshop will be useful whatever style you are using.

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Wednesday 26 February 14.00 - 15.00 Presentation skills

At some point in your course you will probably be expected to give a talk. This workshop discusses how to structure an excellent presentation, choose appropriate visual aids and keep to time. We will also consider strategies for overcoming nerves.

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25 March

14.00 - 15.00

Revision and exam strategies

Being successful in examinations is often about thorough preparation. This workshop looks at effective and efficient ways to tackle revision. We also discuss some of the issues around sitting exams and consider techniques that will help maximise your exam performance.



Booked tutorials

These are reserved for students who are having particular difficulties with their studies. This includes students who: 

  • are consistently getting very low marks
  • have failed an assignment
  • are returning after  a ‘Leave of Absence’
  • are referred to SLS by a tutor or through our drop-in service

If you fall into one of these categories, please contact us at to organise a booked tutorial. Tutorials are usually face-to-face, but for off-campus students we can work with you via e-mail and phone. Of course, you can also attend a drop-in session at any time (see details above).

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