Centre for Academic Success - student support

Centre for Academic Success

The Centre for Academic Success is the University's central learning development service. Our aim is to help you develop all of the necessary academic, technical and numerical skills you need to progress and successfully complete your course.

We are based on the ground floor of the Curzon Building in Room C033A. We have a front desk in the social learning space on this floor, open Monday - Friday: 9am to 5pm. We also provide some services across the University.

How we can help you succeed

The Centre for Academic Success can help with:
  • Academic essay and report writing
  • English
  • Referencing
  • Dissertations
  • Presentation skills
  • Maths and statistics
  • Computing and programming
  • Project management
  • Study skills

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We are here to help, whatever your level of study. We offer:
  • One-to-one and small group tutorial sessions
  • Academic and personal development workshops
  • Online study resources
  • Feedback on your assignment drafts

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Tutorials are available for all students to attend, and there are slots available for 30 minutes or one hour. In this time you will see a tutor who can help you with any specific issues you are having. Tutorials are held on most week days at the City Centre campus but are also available some days at the City South campus.

It is recommended that you look to see if there are any workshops that will answer any questions you have before booking a one to one tutorial.

What we can cover in the tutorials:

Look at part of your work and make suggestions on, for example, how to improve your academic writing style.

Advise you how to structure your work, use sources and reference correctly.

Give advice on reading techniques, research methods, critical analysis, statistical analysis, etc.

Look at your data and make suggestions about how you could analyse it, and show you a trial analysis so that you learn how to do it for yourself.

What we can't do with you in a tutorial:

Proofread or edit your work for you.

Comment on the subject matter or explain your topic to you.

Make decisions for you about your data analysis or do your data analysis for you.

We are here to help you develop academic skills that you can apply to your course work and assignments. If you have questions that are specifically about your content, please ask your subject tutors.
Email tutorials

Although face-to-face personal tutorials are preferable, we understand that this may not be possible in certain circumstances. Some tutors therefore provide email tutorials for some subjects.

When booking a tutorial slot, have a look in their list of Topics to see whether they offer Email or Online Tutorials.

The tutor will allocate the time of this tutorial slot to look at your work and will email you back when they have finished at the address you have provided.

Find out how to book a tutorial

Workshops and drop ins

All of our listed workshops are available for any student in the university to attend.

We also run some drop in sessions where our tutors will be available for you to seek support without having to book ahead.

If you cannot find a workshop or drop in that you think will help you, consider booking a tutorial.

Check our workshop and drop in timetable

Online resources

We have created and collated a range of online resources, which may help address some of your queries or issues.

These include:

Study guides
Referencing Guides
Workshop Materials
Subject Specific Help

If you still feel you need more support after viewing any of these resources, feel free to attend a workshop, or book a tutorial, where we can help you further.

See our online resources

Help for international students

International students can access any of the support that we give to all students, including all of our workshops.

We also offer some support specifically for international students, like our English language workshops and conversation clubs, tutorials for English language support, and resources specifically designed around English language support.

Student success coaching

Student success coaching for first year repeating students only

Our Student Success Coaches are here to help you explore your individual strengths and challenges so you can achieve your academic goals. We work with you on a 1:1 basis to improve your study strategies, your time management and organisational skills and other skills that lead directly to academic success and deeper learning.

What we do:
  • Encourage you to reflect on your learning so you can maximise your potential
  • Help you set an academic plan to achieve your goals
  • Support you to develop confidence in your abilities so you can be academically successful
  • Encourage you to take ownership of your learning to accomplish your goals
  • Assist you to improve your wellbeing
We focus on:
  • Goal setting
  • Motivation
  • Organisational skills and procrastination
  • Reading and note taking
  • Study techniques
  • Campus resources
  • Exam and revision techniques
  • Wellness
We expect that you:
  • Commit to attending meetings
  • Keep an open mind to change
  • Are honest about your progress
  • Reflect on your academic work
  • Be responsible for your learning
  • Respond to emails and other communications in a timely manner
You can book your appointment:
  • Via Moodle in the slots provided
  • By emailing your Success Coach at coaching@bcu.ac.uk
  • By phoning CAS reception 0121 313 7685

Specific learning differences (such as dyslexia)

If you have been identified as having a specific learning difference, such as dyslexia, we can offer you the same sort of support we give to all students, with any necessary reasonable adjustments.

If you think you may have a specific learning difference, or need specialised support around this, you should call ASK on 0121 331 7777, send an online enquiry to www.bcu.ac.uk/askus or talk to them at one of their drop in desks - found here.

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Please contact us for more information about the services we provide, or for any requests for bespoke workshops or talks.

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