Study skills and academic support

We provide study skills and academic writing support for all students in the form of one-to-ones (usually 30 minutes) and group sessions. Our Department's Study Skills Officer is:

Dr Theresa Crowley

Room 5A.318

Telephone 01206 873486

Email crowtx@essex.ac.uk


  • Undergraduate students

    One-to-one support

    One-to-one support is available to all students. In some cases you may be referred for a session by your class teachers/course supervisors. These sessions focus on basic writing, reasoning and other study skills issues such as time management, planning, referencing and preparing for exams. They also cover:

    • summaries, literature reviews, research designs, essays, presentations: what is the difference?
    • understanding an essay question or research assignment and designing a response
    • planning, structure, argument and coherence in essay-writing
    • adequate referencing, preparing bibliographies and avoiding plagiarism
    • effective, critical and comparative reading of source texts
    • gathering, assessing and presenting evidence and ideas
    • clarity and precision in language, especially analytical conceptual terminology
    • rewriting and rethinking
    • effective exam and class test preparation

    Group sessions for first-year students

    These are specifically tailored to provide advice and answer questions about writing essays, research design (for postgraduates) other coursework and preparing for exams in politics. All sessions are subject specific and focus on coursework and examples drawn from Government modules. You should attend only one session for each topic.

    Managing Coursework: Planning, academic writing and referencing

    • Tuesday 25 October 2016, 12-1pm, room 3.108
    • Wednesday 26 October 2016, 3-4pm, room 3.108
    • Friday 28 October 2016, 2-3pm, room 3.108

    Academic Writing: Focus, Structure, Analysis and Argument

    • Tuesday 1 November 2016, 12-1pm, room 5N.7.21
    • Wednesday 2 November 2016, 3-4pm, room 5N.7.21
    • Friday 4 November 2016, 2-3pm, room NTC.2.06

    Writing Better: Feedback, Standards and Results

    • Tuesday 24 January 2017, 12-1pm, room 6.101
    • Wednesday 25 January 2017, 3-4pm, room 6.101
    • Friday 27 January 2017, 2-3pm, room 4.311

  • Postgraduate students

    One-to-one support

    One-to-one support is available to all students. In some cases you may be referred for a session by your class teachers/course supervisors. These sessions focus on writing, reasoning and research design and other study skills issues such as time management, planning and referencing. They also cover:

    • understanding an essay question or research question and designing a response
    • planning, structure, argument and coherence in academic writing
    • referencing, preparing bibliographies and avoiding plagiarism
    • effective, critical and comparative reading of source texts
    • gathering, assessing and presenting evidence and ideas
    • clarity and precision in language, especially analytical conceptual terminology
    • rewriting and rethinking
    • effective exam preparation

    Group sessions

    Group sessions are specifically tailored to provide advice and answer questions about academic writing, research design and preparing for exams in politics. All sessions are subject specific and focus on examples drawn from Government modules.

    Writing Matters 1: Managing, Planning and Referencing academic writing

    • Thursday 27 October 2016, 3-4pm, room 2.404
    • Friday 28 October 2016, 3-4pm, room 2.406

    Writing Matters 2: Focus, Structure, Analysis and Argument

    • Thursday 3 November 2016, 3-4pm, room 2.404
    • Friday 4 November 2016, 3-4pm, room 2.406

    Writing Better: Feedback, Standards and Results

    • Thursday 26 January 2017, 3-4pm, room 5B.332
    • Friday 27 January 2017, 3-4pm, room 5B.330

Booking information

You can book a one-to-one appointment by signing up on the weekly timetable (term-time only) on her office door, emailing Theresa at crowtx@essex.ac.uk or just popping into her office. There is no need to book for group sessions

Talent Development Centre

The Talent Development Centre provides support and training on a range of generic skills for both academic study and employment preparation. It also runs a Learning Resource Centre, Skills Workshops and Credit Modules for a range of skills as outlined in this section.