What is ASK?

ASK offers you academic skills strategies to support your studies at the University and helps you improve your grades.

ASK specialises in the area of Academic Communication, including all aspects and types of academic writing, critical thinking and presentation skills.


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Ways ASK can help you

1:1 academic skills tutorials

  • These confidential sessions last for 30 minutes
  • The content, time and frequency of each tutorial is negotiated according to student need
  • You can book a tutorial by using the online booking calendar
  • Please be sure to indicate the nature of what you would like to discuss

Daily Drop-ins

  • These are suitable for all your last-minute queries related to your academic work
  • For the Spring term I am available to all students, whether you are on campus or not
  • Call Philippa Martindale on Teams between 3.30-4.30pm daily

Weekly workshops

  • Each term ASK focuses on different key academic skills typically requested by students
  • Please see poster below for the Spring term programme
  • To reserve your place, please click here

ASK offers you friendly, professional and confidential learning support during your studies

ASK can help you to:

  • Develop effective practices for studying at university
  • Have a clearer understanding of what tutors expect
  • Make studying less stressful
  • Become a confident, independent and successful learner

ASK can support you with:

  • Essay structure
  • Managing your workload
  • Becoming a critical thinker
  • Effective reading and research skills
  • Note-taking techniques
  • Referencing and citation
  • Reflective writing
  • Revision and exam techniques
  • Getting started
  • Effective presentations
  • Group work
  • Dissertation writing
  • Finding a learning style that suits the way you work
  • Using academic language

Please check ASK's Moodle page for self-help resources.