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Help with your studies

Help with your studies

We believe in student-centred learning. 

This means that we think what you, as the student, do is more important than what we, as teachers, do. We will support you to make your own decisions about your education, rather than telling you what to do.

We aim to treat you as an individual, to be ready to answer your questions, and to respect and welcome your contributions. Many of the classes are interactive, where the teachers will encourage you to share your ideas with others, work in groups and be a part of a community of learners.

You will find that your teachers are not only experts in their subjects and professions, but also keen to improve their teaching through acting on the feedback that you give them.

When you begin your studies at Regent’s, you will be assigned a Personal Tutor, who will be you point of contact throughout your studies. We offer extensive help in study skills, to help you reach your full potential. And to help you integrate into university life and the Regent’s community, you’ll take Global Perspectives, our innovative cross-faculty module.

Our Personal Tutor Scheme

Your Personal Tutor is there to support you throughout your degree programme.

In the UK the term ‘personal tutor’ does not mean someone who gives you one-to-one tuition on a specific subject. Instead, they are there to help and guide you through the decisions you make in your studies. You will meet them early in your time with us, and they will provide you with a consistent relationship throughout your academic career at Regent’s.

What your tutor can do for you:

  • Guide you on academic matters;
  • Support you in your personal and career development;
  • Help you to recognise your achievements and to form and achieve goals;
  • Advise you on the resources and services best suited to your needs;
  • Identify specific workshops or activities to help you improve your academic performance or develop your career plan.

Who and when:

  • Your Tutor will invite you to at least one individual meeting per term, to catch up with your progress and hear how you are doing.
  • You can always request additional meetings with your tutor, at any point during your degree. If you need more help, your tutor can also refer you on to appropriate services at the University.

Support in your study skills

The Academic Skills service supports all Regent’s students to achieve their academic potential in their studies and beyond.

We offer a range of flexible services to ensure that our students have the support they need, when they need it. Our experienced Academic Skills tutors can help you to enhance your academic writing or any other skill you feel you need to develop, including general study skills, research skills, critical thinking and dissertation writing.

  • One-to-one bookable tutorials
  • Drop-in tutorials
  • Workshops throughout the term:
    • General study skills
    • Advanced reading
    • Critical thinking skills
    • A comprehensive series of academic writing workshops

Regent’s offers Academic Skills workshops to support your learning. Workshops take place throughout the term and can be booked easily through the Academic Skills area on Blackboard.

We also offer one to one tutorials (45 minutes) throughout the year during which we can help you with any aspect of your academic work in areas such as those mentioned above. Tutorials can be booked via the Student Hub or by emailing [email protected]

Not all academic skills questions require a 45 minute appointment. In these instances, drop-in sessions at the Library and the Writing Café are available. If you'd like some quick feedback on an assignment or have a question about anything academic skills related, please just drop by and see us!

Global Perspectives

First year undergraduate students from all our degree programmes come together for our unique Global Perspectives module.

Students and staff from every part of the University come together to interact and share cultural and disciplinary viewpoints. You will get the chance to explore the values that Regent’s embraces, and which we feel will help you make the most of your time with us. These include employability and entrepreneurship, equality and mutual respect, citizenship and sustainability. The module is delivered through a mixture of small seminar groups and larger events, using innovative interactive teaching techniques. 

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Regent’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) team offers you a variety of opportunities to improve your academic English skills, in other words, the type of English required for study and research purposes, and related academic literacies like citing sources. 

Feel free to contact Chris Banister ([email protected]) or John Houghton ([email protected]) or visit [email protected] for further information.

Academic and Professional Language and Literacies (APLL) 

To support the development of your academic and professional language and literacy skills, in collaboration with your lecturers, the EAP team have embedded learning activities specifically tailored to your degree subject at each level of your programme.  

Academic and Professional Language and Literacies are embedded as essential skills in your programme to guide you as you move through your studies, enabling you to develop your skills through to the point of graduation. These activities, and the skills you develop as a result, will boost your chances of academic success, enhance your employability, and help you to thrive in your chosen profession. APLL work will include writing texts (e.g., essays, reports and reflective writing), conducting and citing research, and delivering oral presentations and pitches.  

You will also be made aware of additional resources and opportunities (online learning content, workshops, business English/professional writing electives) should you wish to take advantage of them. Keep reading for further details!

English Skills (not-for-credit modules) 

All Regent’s students and exchange students are welcome to attend the free English Skills modules:

  • English Skills (ESK300 for undergraduates) 
  • English Skills (ESK700 for postgraduates) 

These sessions offer a ‘stress free’ chance to develop your academic English skills with classmates from across the university. They take a general approach to academic English and focus on areas such as academic grammar and vocabulary to boost your confidence in your spoken and written English. There are separate modules for undergraduates and postgraduates and with details of days and times available in the welcome week and on Blackboard. You can join the modules at any point throughout the semester and can attend all sessions or select the ones you feel are most relevant. Plus, by attending, you can request 1-1 tutorials with the EAP lecturers to discuss your use of academic English in your university assignments before submitting them. 

The EAP team look forward to working with you to maximise your academic potential!