Academic writing and general skills support

Settling into studying? Finding learning at university different? Why not come along to some of our academic skills support sessions for new Undergraduates?

1-1 appointments

We offer a 1-1 appointment service for all Undergraduate students to help you develop strategies to improve your general academic and writing skills. To make an appointment please email us giving details of when you are available and what you would like support in. Please note; we cannot look at more than 1 paragraph of unsubmitted work. Therefore, please bring with you any work that you have already submitted and the feedback that you have received from your tutor to help us identify the strategies that you need to develop in order to improve your work.

What to expect 

If you're not sure what to expect, please visit our what to expect page 

If you require help, advice, training, support and documentation undertaking research, project work, essays and/or dissertations then please contact your subject adviser.


We offer a range of workshops to help you prepare for academic study; improve your note taking; reading; writing and presentation skills. In addition to these workshops we offer sessions on personal development using the University’s personal development tool >>Progress>> and preparing for examinations.  Our workshops are predominately for one hour. 


Top academic skills resources

Academic skills cover aspects of study skills such as reading effectively, note taking, referencing and writing.  We are building up a collection of University of Birmingham guides and resources to help you develop your skills in these areas.

Our guides are available electronically, or by visiting the Academic Skills Centre, which is in Room 116, on the first floor of the Main Library.

 To see what additional areas we can help with, visit our companion website:

Other ways to improve your skills

  • Skills4Uni
    A visual guide to starting at the University of Birmingham to help you fnd your way around and get a feel for the campus
  • Skills4Study campus
    High-quaity interactive materials on all aspects of study to help you enhance your skills in areas such as Reading and Note taking. Critical Thinking, Exam Skills. 
  • PASS
    The University of Birmingham Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) scheme can help you adjust to University life, improve your study habits and enhance your understanding of the subject matter in your course

Specific academic skills

In addition to the University of Birmingham resources that are available to support you, we have identified a number of additional resources which will help you to become an effective learner:




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Hints and tips on your first year at University

Student survival guide (PDF - 1.74MB)

This handy guide has been put together for you by a group of first year students. It provides a range of tips on how to survive your first year at University.

Subject-specific support for research, project work, essays and/or dissertations

College of Arts and Law Writing Advisory Service

Academic Writing Advisory Service 

The Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS) is a dedicated service for College of Arts and Law students. There are online activities and exercises and individual support provided by an academic writing advisor and postgraduate subject-specialist writing tutors.

The School of Biosciences

The School of Biosciences offers support with academic writing to first year students. If you feel that you need this support please discuss it with your personal tutor in the first instance; they can refer you for support.

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Support with revision and exam skills

Are you starting to revise for your summer exams? Then help is at hand in the form of our skills4studycampus module on 'Revision and Exam skills'. Log in for lots of useful tips and interactive modules.



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