Support for Postgraduate Students

  • Our teaching
  • Introduction to Postgraduate study (guides)
  • Creative Language Development (CLD)

SLAS provides one-to-one tuition, and online resources to aid the transition into, and achievement in, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research study.

Our teaching covers a wide range of topics, for example:

  • Getting accustomed to UK University study
  • Getting the most from lectures, seminars and supervision
  • Academic reading and criticality
  • Using research to develop and support ideas
  • Planning and developing written assignments e.g. research or project proposal, literature review, report, academic or conference paper, extended essay, thesis
  • Presenting ideas, both visual and verbal approaches 
  • Negotiating and coping with substantial reading and information management
  • Research methods e.g. developing questionnaires, surveys and interview schedules
  • Linguistic development for different purposes and audiences
  • Project management, responsibilities and deadlines
  • Preparing for a viva
  • Understanding specific principles of maths and statistics, from basic to advanced
  • ....and much more

Accessing our services:

The Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) is a free, friendly advice service providing guidance and information on all aspects of effective learning and study skills to postgraduate students.

Or email us at learning@kent.ac.uk     learningmedway@kent.ac.uk

For Postgraduates involved in teaching, a range of support is available to help you develop your teaching skills and to learn alongside other postgraduates and academic staff. See 'Developing your teaching' for more information.


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Introduction to Postgraduate study (guides)


Time Management

Critical Thinking and Analysis

Reading and Note Making

Written Assignment Survival Kit

  • Assignment Survival Kit (ASK)
    The Assignment Survival Kit is an online resource to help you plan and write essay type assignments. There are tips on analysing the assignment question, researching your topic and developing a logical argument. You will also find information on referencing and avoiding plagiarism, as well as proof-reading and final editing 

Writing Skills

Critical books and journals

Literature Reviews

Reflective Learning and making use of Feedback


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Creative Language Development (CLD)

The CLD workshops are designed to help international /ESL students improve their English language skills in creative and enjoyable ways. The focus is on the development of speaking skills, but each CLD event is different, using a range of media – plays, short stories, music, and team quizzes – to support language development at all levels.

The workshops involve no preparation or extra study commitments. The emphasis is on enjoyment, involvement and increasing participants’ confidence in their use of English.

The CLD events are offered during the vacation periods in January, May and June. Each workshop includes a shared lunch (optional) providing an opportunity to interact informally with students from different schools. The events in May and June include some activities which take place outside, within the campus grounds, weather permitting.

Each unique CLD workshop provides opportunities to improve fluency in English and improve communication skills. This increases students’ chances of success at university and improves their employment prospects.
More information is available on Moodle (module DP1350).

Future dates - Creative Language Development (CLD) to be confirmed.


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