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How we support you

The Academic Skills team can help you develop techniques to learn effectively, produce your assignments and improve your work to reach your full potential.

Our team is comprised of subject librarians, study skills tutors and digital capabilities experts and we offer:

  • Online guides for specific subject areas or academic skills topics
  • Taught workshops
  • One-to-one appointments via Skype or telephone.

Subject Librarians

Can help you with:

  • Finding and using library resources
  • Research skills
  • Developing a search strategy
  • Understanding citing and referencing
  • Using reference management tools
  • Copyright

Study Skills Tutors

Can help you with:

  • Academic Writing
  • Critical Writing
  • Effective reading
  • Paraphrasing
  • Planning your work
  • Numeracy
  • Time management

Please note that the team cannot proofread work for you, but we can help you learn how to do this effectively yourself.

Digital Capabilities experts

Can help you with:

  • Using Microsoft Office effectively
  • Creating long documents in Word
  • Using PowerPoint for presentations or academic posters
  • Using Qualtrics survey software
  • Using LinkedIn Learning online video training
  • Managing your files and using OneDrive

Support Guides and Resources

In order to help you find the most relevant Library resources for your subject area, your Subject Librarians have created guides that explain how to use these effectively:

We also have a range of  Academic Skills guides and factsheets.  Select the topic you need help with from the lists below:

My Assignment...

Referencing...

Academic Writing...

Studying Effectively...

Improving my Grades...

Who can support you

We have members of the Academic Skills team designated to help students based at our London campus and you are encouraged to contact them for support and advice. 

You can contact the team by email, or make appointments for support by Skype or telephone

To help you decide who is the best person to help you with a particular issue, please see the description of the expertise of different team members under How we support you.

Support for Digital Institute London

Shaun Coates


Academic Skills Tutor (Librarian)
Thompson Library Stoke and 
Blackheath Lane Library
and IT Centre, Stafford

Tel:  01782 294590
s.coates@staffs.ac.uk

Lisa McDonagh


Academic Skills Tutor (Study Skills)
Thompson Library Stoke

Tel:  01782 422303
lisa.mcdonagh@staffs.ac.uk

Sarah Hall


Academic Skills Tutor (Librarian)
Thompson Library, Stoke

Tel:  01785 353353
s.d.hall@staffs.ac.uk

Soo Plant


Academic Skills Tutor (Study Skills)
Thompson Library, Stoke

Tel:  01785 353500
s.plant@staffs.ac.uk

Research Support

Search our resources
 

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Research Resources

Research tools and useful links