The Effective Learning Service (ELS) offers guidance and support to all students who wish to develop their academic writing and study skills. Our aim is to help you become as self-reliant as possible as you progress through your degree programmes here at QMU.

You can arrange individual appointments  to talk about any study issues you have; you can also book to attend our weekly workshops and classes.

You can do both of these at: https://studentcentral.qmu.ac.uk/s/els

Our door is always open for you to drop in and have a chat or to browse through our guides and resources.

We look forward to seeing you!

Writing and Academic Skills Week 27 - 31 January 2020

Getting in Touch With Us

What happens in an appointment?

An ELS advisor will discuss any concerns you have, such as taking notes, reading effectively, planning and structuring essays or exam techniques; and then work out various strategies to help.   

The ELS does not proof-read or check completed essays – the aim of the sessions is for you to build up the skills and confidence you need to tackle academic tasks successfully yourself.

Appointments will usually be held in room 1153. One session is enough in many cases, but students often have several sessions over a semester.

How to book an appointment?

The best way is to choose a day and time which suits you and book it at: https://studentcentral.qmu.ac.uk/s/els

If you need to get in touch for any other reason then just send an email message to:

ELS@qmu.ac.uk or ELSinternational@qmu.ac.uk

Workshops and Classes

Study Skills Workshops

Do you want to find out

  • what ‘studying’ is all about?
  • tips and strategies for independent learning?
  • effective ways to plan, write and research?

Writing and Academic Skills Week 27 - 31 January 2020

The workshops below are small, informal, and aimed at undergraduate students.

To book a place, go to https://studentcentral.qmu.ac.uk/s/els

Semester 2 – 2019/20

All workshops take place on Tuesdays, 1.15 – 2.15

Understanding and learning from feedback

21st January

Reflective writing

28th January

Reading and note-making

4th February

Academic writing 1: essential tools

11th February

Academic writing 2: developing your writing

18th February

Critical thinking and writing

25th February

Essay planning and structuring

3rd March

Preparing assignments for submission

10th March

Exams and revision

17th March


Room numbers will be given on booking

Drop in or email for more details: els@qmu.ac.uk.

We may be able to organise workshops to suit small groups at other times.

Please email or drop in to discuss.

 

 

 

Guides and Resources

Guides and Resources

The leaflets and the basic one-page guides below are also available at the Effective Learning Service, room 1153, in the LRC.

The LRC has a wide range of study skills books available in individual subject areas.  

Leaflets:

Quick guides:

Key study websites at QMU:

See our Library section for useful study and information skills.

Write and Cite: The QM Guide to the Harvard Style of Referencing.

Other key study websites:

Academic Phrasebank - A site containing lots of examples of academic English arranged by function.

International English Language Support

Effective Learning Service for international students

The Effective Learning Service for international students at QMU is here to provide support for all students wishing to develop their English language skills.

Where are we?

We are based in room 1153 in the Learning Resource Centre – just follow the signs.

What do we offer?

Individual appointments, in-sessional Academic Writing Classes, and a Pre-sessional English Course

What happens in an individual appointment?

During an appointment the tutor will work with you to identify your specific needs and develop a plan of action. We can offer personal help with any aspect of your coursework, study skills or exam preparation. We can help you improve but we will not complete your assignment for you or proof read your work.

It would be useful if you could send us by email any writing you want us to look at in advance. If the piece of writing is over 1,500 words long please indicate clearly which portion of it you would like to be considered. We would also like you to send us the assignment title, instructions and any marking criteria that you have been given.

To book an appointment go to: https://studentcentral.qmu.ac.uk/s/els

Pre-sessional English Course

This course is designed to prepare non-native speakers of English for university study in Britain. For more information about this course, or to book a place see Pre-sessional English Course 

How to contact us

Come along to the Effective Learning Service at the LRC and we can make an appointment at a time which suits you. Alternatively, you can make an appointment by email at the following address: ELSinternational@qmu.ac.uk

ELS Support Enquiries

The ELS is based in room 1153 in the Library.

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday 09.00 a.m. - 16.30 p.m.

Show Contacts

ELS Support Enquiries

Effective Learning Service
ELS International International Learning Support