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Academic support – University of Reading

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Academic support

We're proud of our international reputation for helping students to excel. Our academics are approachable, friendly and passionate about helping you reach your full potential, and we offer a range of additional services to support you in your studies.

Personal Tutor

When you first arrive at the University of Reading, you'll be allocated a member of academic staff from your department as your Personal Tutor. Able to offer one-to-one support and advice throughout your time with us, your Personal Tutuor is here to help with your studies or with any other issues you might have.

An open-door approach

All of the tutors and lecturers on your course are always happy to answer questions. As they are leading subject specialists, this can be invaluable for support with individual modules.

‘My lecturers have been fantastic at keeping even the toughest subjects entertaining, giving as much support as they can all the way.’

Caitlin McMaster

MChem Chemistry with Forensic Analysis

Study Advisers

Need one-to-one help with specific study skills? Turn to our network of Study Advisers, based in the library in the centre of campus. They run workshops on issues including essay-writing and presentation skills, as well as offering online self-help guides and one-to-one sessions tailored exactly to your needs.

Librarians for your course

All courses have a dedicated subject liaison librarian to help you find your way around and get the materials you need, fast. There are written subject guides for every academic area too.

Maths support

Many courses draw on maths skills that you might not have used since school. Don't worry if you're feeling rusty: we have a dedicated Mathematics Support Centre, where you can get specialist help with numeracy and a range of maths topics, one-to-one or via email.

English language support

For those whose first language is not English, there is plenty of free support available. Throughout your degree you can access a free programme of support for further help with academic English. Our English programme comprises writing classes (including academic vocabulary and grammar), speaking and pronunciation sessions, tutorials and a Writing Advisory Service.

In addition to our tailored language support, we also offer a dedicated resource library and study centre for independent language learning. The centre contains a wide range of textbooks and printed learning materials, as well as computer facilities for online learning.

Student Union

The Student Union offers confidential academic advice and support independently from the University. The Union also provides additional academic support for international students.

Online study advice

Before you even start at the University of Reading you can prepare yourself by reading our guide for new students, available by visiting our Study Advice section.

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