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Essential skills for academic success

Essential Skills Portal: Talk to an advisor

Explore the different options for attending a remote 1-1 appointment or virtual drop-in with our expert team of advisors.

As we continue to work from home, these appointments either use online web chat software or can be booked as telephone calls (please check the format of each session before booking).

Virtual drop-ins and online library chat do not require booking.


Library chat

Get help with library services and resources 24/7. Chat now.

Virtual drop-ins

Do you have a quick question about your studies or research?

  • Searching for information about your assignment topic
  • Structuring your references
  • Starting to plan your essay
  • Looking to develop your critical writing
  • Choosing the correct tool for statistical analysis
  • Developing your research skills
  • Trying to format a Powerpoint presentation

Come along to our virtual drop-in sessions – instant answers to all your questions, all in one place!

No need to book - just drop in here: https://bit.ly/library-dropin

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About the team:

Academic Skills 

Advisers available to help you improve your academic writing skills – to help you understand how to interpret assignment titles and structure your work.  They will be able to help you plan your project and manage your time, alongside ensuring you are able to think and write critically. 

Library & Information Skills 

Librarians will be on hand to help you with searching specialist databases, finding relevant information and help you with your referencing style and techniques. 

Maths and Stats

The Maths and Stats team can provide support to students from any course – helping you to develop and gain confidence in your numerical skills, and helping you choose and use the best tools for your studies and research.

Digital Skills

The Digital Team will help you get the best from our digital tools – such as how to format a long document in Word, how to automatically produce a table of contents, and how to organise your data in a spreadsheet. 

Maths drop-in support

Online drop in sessions are for Maths are available at the following times and locations:

Wednesdays 3-4pm in the Maths support virtual room
Wednesdays 4-5pm in the Skills Centre virtual room

1-1 appointments - Academic skills

As demand for 1-1 appointments is high during the first few weeks of term, we recommend coming along to a virtual drop-in session if you have questions to ask our academic skills advisors. No need to book - just drop-in between 4 and 6pm on Wednesday for a 15 minute 1-1 with an academic skills advisor, librarian, digital skills expert, or Maths and Stats advisor.

Join the virtual drop-in here: https://bit.ly/library-dropin

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1-1 appointments - Statistics

Talk to an advisor about choosing or using statistical techniques and software.

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1-1 appointments - Maths

The Maths Support team can provide support to students from any course – helping you to understand course material and gain confidence in your numerical skills.

To book an appointment, please email: mathshelp@shu.ac.uk.