Study support

Workshops, tutorials and online resources to support you with your studies.

Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS)

The Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) can help you to prepare for and succeed in your studies. SLAS offers one to one appointments, workshops, study guides and online learning resources covering a wide range of topics such as:

  • Getting accustomed to UK University study
  • Organisation and time management
  • Reading and note-taking techniques
  • Developing written assignments and presentations
  • Understanding maths and statistics
  • Revision and exams techniques
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Academic advisers

A good place to start, for all your studying needs, is your academic adviser. They can help you with most things academic, including exams, attendance and study support.

Your school will let you know who your academic adviser is (in your student handbook or online) and you can search for advisers in SDS.

Disability and dyslexia support

We are committed to disability equality and ensuring all students, staff and visitors have a positive experience of the learning, teaching, research and work environment.  

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Academic Peer Mentoring

Academic Peer Mentoring (APM) partners experienced students with newer students to support their on course learning.

This scheme is open to any students from participating schools.

It provides academic support for specific modules or general academic skills’ development. This is delivered through 1:1 sessions, small group meetings or drop-ins (varies from school to school).

Benefits of the scheme

• Encourages independent learning
• Improves student retention and achievement
• Facilitates communication between students and academics 
• Builds a community of learning

Benefits for mentors:

• Skills development such as, confidence, communication and leadership
• Practice of teamwork and organisation skills 
• Enhance CV
• Involvement in a community of learning

Benefits for mentees:

• Gain confidence in academic skills
• Become an independent learner
• Discuss and apply knowledge
• Get help with practical aspects of the course
• Develop a strategy for success

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English language support

If English is not your first language, you can take English Language and Academic Skills (ELAS) modules, with the Centre for English and World Languages (CEWL). ELAS modules are free and help you improve your academic English language skills in the following areas:

  • essay writing
  • grammar
  • seminar discussion and presentation skills
  • listening/note taking
  • academic reading
  • pronunciation

ELAS also offers individual writing and speaking tutorials and gives you the chance to discuss your specific language difficulties with an English language tutor.

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School and student reps

Your School and student reps can be used as a form of support and are there to make sure your views get heard. 

Find your reps on Kent Union's website or GKSU website if you're in Medway.

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