individual advice sessions
If you have questions about developing your study practices, the first place to look is in our study guides & video tutorials. However, if you don't find the answers you need here, or you feel the guidance would make more sense in the context of your own work, then you may find it helpful to have an individual academically-focused session with one of our friendly professional advisers.
These 30 minute sessions are 'tailor-made' to your individual needs and completely private - we will not pass on any information or share anything said with your tutors or other support services unless you give us permission to do so.
Our individual advice sessions are informal one-off meetings that are tailored to your needs. We aim to help you develop your own study skills to study more effectively and achieve academic success. So we will not correct work for you, but will help you understand what you need to know to correct it yourself in the future. Everyone works differently, so we may make a number of suggestions - it will be up to you to try them out and see what works best for you.
Booking an advice session
Please Note: Due to coronavirus all 1-2-1 sessions will be conducted virtually using Teams, or via email (if preferred). When contacting us for an appointment, please outline your query, giving 1 or 2 key points and send across a section of your work that you would like the Study Adviser to look at. Please bear in mind that as the appointments are only 30 minutes the adviser won’t be able to look at a whole essay or assignment
Sessions may be booked in advance by completing this form: Request a one-to-one appointment.
The service is open Monday to Friday, 09:00-17.00, with the last appointment at 16.30. If you cannot come to the Whiteknights campus at these times (for example, if you are on placement or study year abroad) get in touch with us directly. We may be able to give you some advice via email, phone or Skype, or arrange to meet on another campus.
Attending a session
Please book in at the Study Advice and Maths Support Desk on the Ground Floor of the Library, to the right of the stairs. If you are coming to discuss a specific assignment, whether current or marked, it will be helpful if you can bring a paper copy with you. Sessions last approximately 30 mins. Do let us know as soon as possible (by phone or email) if you cannot attend a booked session as we may be able to offer the time to another student.
Things we don't do
- We cannot give subject-specific advice. For this, it is best to consult your course tutors.
- We do not proof-read work, or arrange regular weekly sessions.
- If you need advice on studying in English as a foreign language, you will find more appropriate support from the International Study and Language Institute.
Please note that due to coronavirus concerns for students and staff advisors will not be seeing students face to face for appointments or drop-ins over the next few weeks. If you have a referencing query please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any other queries we will be supporting students virtually using Teams, or via email (if preferred). Please book your appointment at www.reading.ac.uk/library/study-advice/one-to-one
If you have a quick query that can be answered in 10 minutes in a non-private setting, you can drop in to G16 in the Library (Ground Floor, to the right of the stairs). This service is available from 13:00-14:00 Monday to Friday.
Drop-in queries might be:
- to check how to reference a particular kind of text
- to ask about formatting or layout
- to make sure you've understood an assignment brief or question
- to get some quick tips on an aspect of study, like revision
- or any other study-related query that can be answered quickly
Alternatively you can email us with your query and we will respond as soon as possible. Please note that we cannot guarantee to respond the same day, especially during vacations.
Peer advice and guidance - Ask Advisors
Sometimes you have a query that might best be answered by someone within your department - but you don't want to bother your tutor with it. You might want to know how to format a reference for a particular resource used only in your subject - or what a particular term used in your subject means. Or you might just want to talk to someone about studying in your Department or School more generally.
There are various peer schemes across the University that are operated by individual Schools and Depts. These range from buddy schemes to give you a named student contact within your School or Dept for more informal contacts, through peer mentoring and peer-assisted learning, to ASK Advisers (postgraduate research students in your department who are trained and mentored by the Study Advice team).
For information about which of these schemes apply in your Dept or School, check your programme handbook on Blackboard.
Click here to see a list of current ASK Advisors