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University Level Reading and Writing

Reading and Writing


Some students will arrive at Queen Mary with their own individual study skills that work for them, but others won’t have developed effective ways of learning yet. For many university will be the first time they have had to digest large volumes of information and construct their own arguments so early on it is helpful to let your advisees know the resources available to help them should they need some additional support. 

  • It can be helpful if you can address reading, writing and note taking skills in an early advisee session, covering ideas such as what do good lecture notes look like? What are the key arguments in a paper? This can help to break down any shame or embarrassment, encouraging students to ask for help should they need it
  • Encourage students to access the resources we have available at Queen Mary including Academic Skills and PASS

Peer Assisted Study Support at Queen Mary

PASS is a course-based mentoring scheme, run for students by students. It gives first-years the opportunity to discuss study-related problems and get general advice from higher-year undergraduates in their subject. The scheme is firmly established at Queen Mary with 14 departments/schools running regular sessions.

Royal Literary Fund Fellows

Queen Mary hosts two Royal Literary Fund Fellows, professional, published writers who offer individual guidance on written assignments to Queen Mary students from all academic backgrounds during term time. 

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