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Sonia Hood – University of Reading

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Sonia Hood

Mrs Sonia Hood
Job Title:
Study Adviser
Sonia Hood



  • one-to-one advice sessions with individual students on developing more effective study practices
  • teaches general and department-based workshops on various topics
  • develops resources to support student practices
  • maintains the Study Advice Blackboard Organisation
  • liaises with departments in Henley Business School

Sonia is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Areas of Interest

Sonia has a Business Management background gaining her first degree in this subject in 1995 and completing post graduate qualifications in Marketing and Management. In 2006, while teaching Marketing and Numeracy at the University of West London, Sonia gained a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education, and went on to a position in Study Advice at the same university. Since her arrival at the University of Reading in 2011, transition has continued to be an area of research interest for her. She is particularly interested in identifying the various ways that students acquire and develop the skills that are crucial for study success during their first year.

Sonia is currently working towards an Ed.D, researching the impact of self-efficacy on academic writing attainment. She also has an interest in group assessments and was awarded a Teaching and Learning Fund in 2015/16 to research the challenges and solutions to group work from a student perspective.

As a member of the Study Advice team, Sonia received Team Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning in 2014 and 2018.  She is currently working with other members of the Study Advice team on the Study Smart OOC for new undergraduate students at the University.

Research groups / Centres

2015 - ongoing: Member of the Association of Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE) Communication and Marketing working group

2013-2015: Chair of ALDinHE's Learn Higher working group

2012-2015: Member of ALDinHE's steering group


(With Kim Shahabudin and Michelle Reid) Right time, right space? Developing an online transition course for new undergraduates, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education: Special Edition: ALDinHE Conference 2018 (2018), available online at

Reid, M., Hood, S. and Shahabudin, K. (2015), Effective interventions for maintaining Master's student motivation, in P. E. Kneale (ed.), Masters Level Teaching, Learning and Assessment: Issues in Design and Delivery, London: Palgrave (2015), 64-70.

Reid, M., Shahabudin, K. and Hood, S. (2014), Case study: the 24/7 Study Advice workshop, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education: Special Edition: Digital Technologies in Learning Development (2014), available online at

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