Learning and support
Ever wondered what the difference is between a tutorial and a seminar? What happens if you need help with your studies? Find out what kind of teaching sessions and support you can expect throughout your degree.
Tutorials and seminars are there for you to talk in more depth about your studies. This is where you can share ideas, bring questions, get to know other students and talk about your work. Tutorial discussion is one of the most important ways of developing your knowledge and understanding.
Workshops are designed to develop the practical aspects of your studies. They combine the small group element of a tutorial or seminar with hands-on work, often in a group setting.
Lectures are often the most important way of delivering the key messages of a course. As they provide the essential basis for what you should know, they are best seen as starting points for your independent study and as suggesting questions that can be taken up elsewhere.
Your academic advisor is there to provide general academic support, and to help you keep track of progress through your degree. Maintaining a close relationship with your academic advisor will help you to effectively reflect on your studies, and help them to write effective references for you.
Our award-winning student support team will be able to help you with a wide range of requests, ranging from general administrative matters and programme-specific questions to pastoral care, advice, referrals, and even guidance on your studies.
Sometimes there may be things you feel more comfortable discussing with another student. Our peer mentoring scheme provides first-year students with a trained mentor who is in their second or third year.
Our peer mentors:
- play a significant role in the induction and ongoing support of our first year students;
- are on hand throughout Welcome Week to guide you as you settle in at university;
- organise and participate in a wide variety of events;
- create a social and supportive framework for new students;
- nurture a strong sense of community through 'Meet the Mentors' drop-ins, essay writing workshops and School-wide careers events.
There is evidence that peer support has a positive influence on students' academic and social experience of university.
Our Politics and International Relations student peer mentoring scheme won the University's Peer Mentoring Scheme of the Year in 2016/17.
Philippa Wilson, the School's Undergraduate Student Welfare Officer, was awarded for her Outstanding Contribution to Peer Support in 2015.