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Mini-module 1: What to Expect from Higher Education

Helping you to prepare for study at LSBU


Link to homepage of Skills for LearningSupport Page 6 or 7

What is support?

The key idea with support is that it helps you to help yourself. For example, we show you how to proofread your work - we don't proofread it for you. 

Support helps you develop and produce better work and do better at university.



Support helps you to pull yourself up

Who is it for?

Everyone. Support is not only for students who are struggling, it's for all students who want to achieve more. Anyone who wants to get nearer to achieving their full potential can get support. 

When should you get support?

When should you get support?

- Before you need it?

It is good to be ready for things. So, look ahead and think about whether you might need support before it becomes a problem.

Be prepared! Look into support before you need it. Here are some ways you can prepare yourself for your future academic challenges:

- While you need it?

There will be less time available so it is not ideal to seek support when it is urgent. Also, some academic skills are things that you should be doing from day one, such as taking good notes, and this kind of problem can't be fixed at the last minute. Think ahead and try to prevent things coming to a crisis.

- After you needed it?

You may not realise you need support until you get a grade that is lower than you expected. Usually, you can learn from this and improve things for next time. Support can help you to see what the problem was and how to avoid it in the future. 

Clearly, it's better to think ahead and be prepared so that you avoid problems. So, seek support early to get the most benefit. 

What sort of things can you get support in?


You can get support in anything connected to achieving academic success, such as: writing academic essays, making presentations, taking good notes, critical thinking, memory techniques, doing your own proofreading, study planning and so on. 

What can't you get support in?

We are not experts in every academic subject, so we can't tell you, for instance, whether your conclusions are correct, or the facts you write are accurate. 

We cannot do your work for you, but we can help you to get better at doing your own work.

We are not allowed to grade your work or say if you will pass or not (and in any case we are not experts in your academic subjects).

We offer a range of support:

Skills for Learning Moodle Site: The full range of academic skills are covered here, in both Academic Skills and Maths and Statistics.

- Online workshops, both live and recorded

- Email us with your questions []

Other areas of support

- LSBU Library: for help with researching, referencing, and literature reviews.

- The LSBU Digital Skills Centre: for digital skills training and support.

Health and Wellbeing: for physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.

Disability and Dyslexia Support: ensuring that students are fully included in the learning experience and can demonstrate their skills and knowledge.

- In addition: be confident about talking to your Teachers, Mentors, Supervisors and other Students.

- Finally: do not forget Friends and Family. They can give you another perspective and useful feedback even if they are not experts in your subject.