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Making the most of your Library off-campus

1-1 appointments and webinars

The Skills Centre is offering a range of ways to develop your academic writing while working remotely:

1-1 appointments

You can book a remote 30 minute one to one appointment with an Academic Skills Adviser to discuss your academic writing – these can take place via telephone or using Blackboard Collaborate (a web chat tool that allows screen sharing). View our current appointments or for up-to-date availability see Unihub.

We offer a limited number of appointments after 5pm from Tuesday-Thursday: view our calendar to book.


We offer online webinars, on topics including academic writing, critical writing and writing for your dissertation or extended project. View our calendar for a full schedule of webinars and to book your place.

On-line drop-ins: Every Wednesday, 4-5.30pm

Do you have a quick question about your studies?

  • finding books and journal articles
  • planning and writing your assignments
  • formatting a long document in Word
  • choosing and using statistical tools
  • building your confidence with numbers
  • thinking and writing critically
  • using APA referencing

Each week on a Wednesday 4-5.30pm you can drop-in to our On-line drop-in Waiting Room in Blackboard and meet 1-1 with:

  • Academic Skills Advisors
  • Librarians
  • Maths and Stats Advisors
  • Digital Skills Experts

For further information, visit

Online resources

You can also access the following services and self-directed study resources to develop your writing:

  • Studiosity - Studiosity provides an online writing feedback service and a live chat service (Connect Live).  You can use these services up to 8 times each academic year – be sure to check your current allowance before submitting. They are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year.
Tip - A Connect Live chat counts as one of your 8 annual ‘interactions’ – if you have questions on your Studiosity feedback or your written work, consider booking a 1-1 with the Skills Centre instead.

  • Online study guides – In-depth self-study guides on a wide range of academic skills topics, including downloadable worksheets and ‘quick-read’ resources for studying in short bursts.
  • Skills for Study – Log in with your SHU credentials to access online learning modules on key academic skills topics including critical thinking, academic writing and research planning.