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Essential skills for academic success

Essential Skills Portal: Get feedback on my work

Use this section to explore two options for receiving feedback on your work: discuss and develop your work at a small group Writing Forum, or submit to Studiosity for written feedback on your writing.

You can also view the University’s guidance about external proofreaders.

Attend a writing forum

Writing forums are for small groups of up to four students, facilitated by an Academic Skills Advisor. You will have the opportunity to share and discuss your work in order to identify the next steps to developing your writing.

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What is Studiosity?

Studiosity is an online writing feedback service and a live chat service, available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week/ 365 days a year. You can submit to or connect with the Studiosity service for free up to 8 times each academic year (in 2020/21) – for either writing feedback or online chat (or any combination of the two):

  • Online Writing Feedback Service: you can upload an extract of your writing (up to 2500 words) and you will receive feedback outlining ways in which you can develop your academic work.
  • Connect Live Online Chat Service: you can ask an online question about your academic writing, study or research skills – interacting with a tutor via text chat and an interactive whiteboard.

How should I apply my Studiosity feedback?

It is useful to plan when to use your submissions/connections and to use the services alongside the Skills Centre – you can:

  • Participate in a Writing Forum – take your feedback report to discuss alongside your peers, where a Learning Advisor will be on hand to provide expert guidance.
  • Book a 30 minute 1 to 1 appointment with an Academic Skills Advisor (telephone or Blackboard web chat available – use your Studiosity feedback report to guide your discussion and develop your academic writing & style.

  • Use online e-learning resources from the Skills Centre – explore our in-depth online study guides and e-learning modules.

How can I access Studiosity?

You access Studiosity via My Hallam (see below for instructions):

  • Step 1: To access the Studiosity service, first log into My Hallam.

  • Step 2: Scroll down, and click the Studiosity logo to access the service. This is only visible to students - staff cannot access Studiosity.