Skills Hub

People to talk to

If you need any help, support or advice at university, make sure you seek it out because people may not realise what your needs are unless you yourself raise them. You will find there are lots of people to support you at Sussex. This section focuses on who you can go to for study-related help and support. However, there is also non-academic support available as listed in the student webpages: Information and support resources.

What type of support is best for you?


 
  • I want some general study skills help with planning my essay, making notes, managing my time etc. You can use the online Skills Hub study skills exercises. You can book a place on a study skills workshop and you can talk to a student mentor in your school.

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Specific help with study skills

Study Skills Workshops

Book a place on a workshop at the Careers and Employability Centre. You can sign up via our online booking system Career Hub to these small group sessions. 

See our full list of workshops and events 

 

Library Workshops and Training

You will have a library induction session when you first start at Sussex where you will find out about how to use the library, the various online resources and the Special Collections available at Sussex.  

The library offers literature searching workshops and training sessions for undergraduate and masters students. You can book a place online.

Student Support Unit

The Student Support Unit offer additional support. They have specially trained advisers who are able to help students that feel affected by a variety of conditions. For contact details of particular advisers, see here.You can also attend Study Skills Workshops with a specialist specific learning difficulties tutor on Tuesdays  at 1pm - 2pm in the Library, Group Study Room 03 

  • Sept 20th Getting organised: how to manage your time
  • Sept 27th Taking notes when reading and in lectures: ways to make your notes more useful           
  • Oct 4th Planning essays & assignments
  • Oct 11th Improving reading for assignments                 
  • Oct 18th What it means to structure an essay or assignment and how to do it
  • Oct 25th  Critical thinking and writing: what it means and how to do it
  • Nov 1st  Using tutor feedback. Editing and reviewing essays and assignments
  • Nov 8th   Seminars and presentations: how to get the most out of them
  • Nov 15th Revision: planning for exams
  • Nov 22nd Exams: how to succeed
  • Nov 29th Planning essays and assignments: focusing on exam essays as well as coursework
  • Dec 6th  Stress and time management 

Be sure of your place - sign up in advance at the Student Support Unit, Bramber House Tel: (01273) 877466

Academic Development and English Language

Sussex Centre for Language Studies provides workshopstutorials and drop-in sessions for full-time international and European students with English as an additional language. You may also like to visit the In-sessional Academic Development Study Direct site.

 

Better Writing Tutorials

The Royal Literary Fund (RLF) Fellowship scheme provides support for students who would like to improve their writing skills for their essays, projects or dissertations. You can make an appointment to visit one of the two RLF Writers-in-Residence for a one-to-one tutorial of approximately forty five minutes. Please note: You will need to provide a specific piece of your own writing to discuss.

You can make an appointment for a tutorial through Study Direct.

Student Mentors

Student Mentors are second and third year undergraduates and postgraduate students who have been trained to offer advice and support to other students. Mentors can offer you advice and support on a range of issues including how to manage your time or improve your study skills. They can also point you in the right direction for other support services at the university. Ask in your School Office about mentors in your school.

Academic Advisors

Your academic advisor is a member of academic staff. You be invited to meet your Academic Advisor during your first term at Sussex and throughout your studies. The purpose of these meetings is to review your progress and focus on issues relating to your academic performance. 

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Other services to support your study at Sussex

Student Life Centre (SLC)  is located in Bramber House and is the central point on the campus for Student Advising. The SLC works with all students at Sussex, offering a professional information and advice service to support you should you experience problems with academic life. They are there to enable you to address any difficulties that may impact on your studies, or any concerns you might have regarding your academic progress.

Careers and Employability Centre (CEC) provides various services for students including information regarding careers options, guidance with career planning and help to apply for work. Study skills advisers are based in CEC and run the study skills workshops mentioned above and the Skills Hub website.

Support & Advocacy (Students’ Union) provide free, independent, confidential advice on a range of academic and non-academic issues. Email: advice@sussexstudent.com

University Counselling Services offers various types of support for your learning. It can be hard to study when you have worries on your mind. Their web page information, individual and group counselling, and specialist workshops on stress management and procrastination can all help you to study successfully.

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