firstpoint is dedicated to helping students access information and support during their studies.
We are based in the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre on St John’s Campus.
Advisers are available Monday to Friday. For opening times please visit our homepage.
Telephone: 01905 542551
Study Skills, Exams & Assessment Prep
Effective study skills are a vital element in achieving academic success on your course. Make sure you are using the resources available to you.
Study Skills Webpages
Academic Liaison Librarians
Academic Writers in Residence
The Language CentreBased at the Jenny Lind Building on City Campus, the Language Centre can give you practical advice on how to improve your academic English. You can find more information about their Academic Writing Guidance, plus how to book an appointment, on the Language Centre webpage.
Improving your academic performance
There are a number of steps you can take in order to improve your academic performance.
Step 1: Read the feedback that tutors have given on your assignments. This will usually help to inform you of the areas that you need to improve.
Step 2: Refer to the module handbook and the scoring/assessment criteria for each assignment. Make a note of the things that you may have missed. For example, are you presenting the work in the required format? Have you include a reference list? Have you demonstrate a wide range or reading and knowledge?
Step 3: Access the advice and guidance of the module tutor. You can review your feedback together to make sure you understand where improvements can be made. This is also an opportunity to review your assessment plans, and gain guidance on subject areas you may need to complete further research on.
Step 4: Use the study skills support services (listed above) available through the University. There are a wide range of different options available to support academic writing skills, spelling and grammar, referencing and research skills.
Sometimes students might find assessments difficult because of a learning difference or health condition. If you feel like your health or a disability affected your performance in assessments, it is recommended to speak to the Disability and Dyslexia Service for advice on academic support. Some students will already have a diagnosis and need to discuss the support plan they have in place. Others might need to discuss symptoms they are experiencing and seek further advice and guidance about getting a diagnosis.
It is not uncommon for students to fail an assessment because of personal circumstances. It can sometimes be appropriate to use the mitigating circumstances process in these situations. It can also be helpful to have the support of the University’s Counselling and Mental Health service or the Student Support and Wellbeing service.
For information about University examinations, please see the Registry Services examinations webpage.
You can also find specific support on preparing for exams and presentations, provided by Library Services.