Supporting your learning

Attend study skills workshops. Chat to an adviser or student mentor. Use online resources. At Sussex, you get the support you need to succeed.

Student studying at University of Sussex

Get academic support

If you need help with your studies, visit your course tutors during their office hours, or book an appointment.

You can also talk to your Academic Adviser about your progress, how to improve your study skills or problems with your course.

If you are a Masters student, you can get support from your course convenor and your dissertation supervisor.


Access online learning resources 

Benefit from Study Direct - an online learning environment with sites designed by your tutors. Through Study Direct, you can check your timetable, take part in forums and quizzes, and keep up-to-date with lecture slides, notes and recordings.

You can also use videos, tutorials and exercises on our online study skills portal to develop your skills in:

  • writing and referencing
  • using the library and research materials
  • exams and assessment
  • personal development.
Sussex provided very clear and helpful information that really helped me to think about how I am approaching university work, including some great tips to use.”Lily Blackmore
Psychology BSc

Attend workshops and tutorials

To help you develop your skills, you can attend workshops and tutorials in areas such as:

  • using research materials
  • planning and structuring essays and dissertations
  • making the most of revision time
  • producing and giving presentations
  • developing your IT skills
  • academic writing skills, with tutorials provided by the Royal Literary Fund (RLF) Fellowship scheme.

You can also get one-to-one guidance from a trained student mentor, who will help you develop your study skills.

If you're a PhD student, we have specialised workshops and online training to help you with your research.


Specialist support if you are the first person in the family to go to university

Benefit from a range of funded programmes if you are the first person in your family to go to university, including:

  • paid summer internships, including opportunities in China
  • paid research placements
  • work-shadowing
  • International Summer School courses, at Sussex and abroad
  • priority booking for study skills events and workshops
  • help before you come to university, through online skills development resources and summer residential schools
  • our Active US sports buddy programme, which teams up First-Generation Scholars with international students.

Contact careers@sussex.ac.uk if you have any questions about this specialist support.

You can also apply for a scholarship through the First-Generation Scholars scheme if your household income is below £42,875 a year.

I feel a lot more confident in my skills now that I've put them into practice and being trusted with important work really boosted my confidence.”Harriet Massing
English Language and Linguistics BA
First-Generation Scholar and Web Publishing & Design Intern at Responsible Travel

Improve your English language skills

If you're an international student and English is not your first language, we offer specialist study skills workshops or one-to-one appointments.

As part of the workshops, you learn:

  • grammar skills for academic study
  • how to write essays and dissertations
  • how to take notes
  • listening and speaking skills
  • how to develop your writing style and academic vocabulary.

Find out more about academic development support for international students


Support for students with disabilities

You can access extra study support if you have a disability, a mental health difficulty or additional learning needs.

Learn about specialist support for students with disabilities, including support with your studies


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