Study skills

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Skills for life

Your degree will challenge you in ways you never thought possible. We will develop your capacity for critical thinking and you will learn new skills that you will apply to your studies. But don't worry, you won't do this alone.

At Essex Business School we puts our students and staff success at the centre of everything that we do, and that extends to offering additional support and development workshops to help you improve your skills and understand how you to apply them in a work context.

BSc Accounting and Finance student, Suraj Chadha, sits in the Essex Business School winter garden
"You can tell that Essex cares a lot about their students and their emotional needs. There’s so much pressure on young people now and times are extremely hard. The student services here are excellent. There is so much available. Use it!"
Suraj Chadha BSc Accounting and Finance Student Engagement team 2018 to 2020

Skills modules and workshops

Skills modules

Embedded into your curriculum are modules devoted to teaching you research and study skills as well as helping you understand academic feedback and evaluate your academic progress. 

These modules are taught and delivered by the Essex Business School Learning Team (see below) and are designed to introduce you to the new skills you will have to develop as a university student.

Skills Modules include:

  • Research and Study Skills for Professional Development - with the aim of developing your overall academic skills, learning experience and performance this module will help you to develop active learning skills. The module aims to support students in the transition to university.
  • Student Success Tutorials - these modules run throughout your undergraduate degree and provides students with guidance on your academic progress and personal and professional development.
  • Successful Futures - this second year undergraduate module enables youto engage with an ever-changing business environment and link subject understanding with the real world of employment.

Peer and career mentors

How many questions do you have about starting university?

Don't worry, we're prepared for any question or request that you have - that's why we run a peer mentoring scheme partnering new with existing students to help you settle in and to make sure you get the most out of your university experience.

You'll be automatically assigned a peer mentor when you start your studies at Essex Business School.

If you've got a really good idea about how you want Essex to influence your career but you're not sure how to get the help you need, then career mentoring can help. We work with Essex Alumni, Essex staff and local business practitioners to match you with someone who could really add value to your journey to that dream career.


Find out more about mentoring

Student engagement team

Our student engagement team includes our Student Services staff, a recent graduate in the Student Engagement Intern role and a number of Essex Business School students who together run a programme of social, soft skills and well-being support throughout each term.

Last year we took over Rollerworld in Colchester town at our start of term meet-up and we held our own 'Surviving as a student: a guide to getting your money right' conference to help our students navigate their way through the pitfalls of student life and money at university.

Maths, Excel and Bloomberg PAL training

The Essex Business School Bloombergers)
The Essex Business School Bloombergers

At Essex Business School we employ a team of trained students as the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) team who run weekly clinics in maths, Microsoft Excel and Bloomberg skills.

Any Essex Business School student can drop in to these clinics to refresh their knowledge or learn something completely new!


Find PAL skills clinics on Facebook

Study buddies

If you are struggling with a particularly difficult assignment, don't do it alone; find a study buddy!

The Essex Yammer forum is the perfect place to find other like-minded students to help you share the load of revision and coursework. Don't struggle alone, make use of the opportunity to find classmates and team up to start your own or join existing study groups.

Yammer is also a great platform through which to sell your old textbooks and find out about new resources.


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Personal tutors

Your personal tutor is your direct link to most services and support throughout your time at university. They will help you feel connected to Essex Business School and will be there for you to ask questions about your course, especially if you encounter any difficulties that could affect your studies. 


Find out more about personal tutors
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Get in touch! If you've got something on your mind and you want to speak to someone in the department, tell us and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.