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 attend our weekly workshops and classes.

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!

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 send an email 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?

 

The workshops below are small, informal, and aimed at undergraduates, especially

Level 1 and Direct Entrant students.

 

The workshops take place on Tuesdays at 12.15pm – 13.15pm.

Week

Date

Room

Topic

3

25th September

2170

Making the most of lectures

4

2nd October

0047

Academic reading and note making

5

9th October

0047

Getting organised and planning time for study

6

16th October

0047

Essays: planning and researching

7

23rd October

0047

Essays: writing and structuring

8

30th October

2174

What is critical thinking?

Please book ahead for these, preferably by email, or by dropping in to ELS to sign up.

Contact: ELS@qmu.ac.uk                                                   

If you are unable to come to any of these workshops, or are interested in a particular topic but can't find a workshop on it, do contact us. We can do our best to organise extra workshops for small groups at times that suit you.

 

We have added extra workshop sessions in weeks 5-12 to help you develoyour academic skills and prepare for your assessments.

To book a place, go to https://bookwhen.com/els.

 

Topic

Week(s)

Day(s)

Academic reading and note making

5

Weds

Essays: planning and researching

6

Weds

Essays: writing and structuring

8

Weds

Giving effective presentations *NEW*

9

Tues

Critical thinking

9

Weds

Report writing *NEW*

11

Weds

Understanding assignment feedback *NEW*

11

Tues

Preparing for exams *NEW*

10/12

Tues/Weds

 

 

Workshop times and rooms

 

Tuesdays

12.15 – 1.15pm

Check booking system for room details

Wednesdays

1.15 – 2.15pm

 

Drop-in

If you are looking for some quick advice or guidance, you can drop in and see us in room 1153. There should be someone there Monday to Friday, between 9.00 and 16.30. There is a supply of study guides, and if we are free, it is possible to have a short consultation with one of us.

If you drop in to the ELS and we are not there for any reason, or a workshop is running, do email us with your query and we shall get back to you.

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.

In-sessional Academic Skills Classes:

  Do you want to find out:

  • how to structure an essay?
  • how to write more ‘academically’ in English?
  • how to refer to sources?

The classes are small, informal, and aimed at undergraduates whose first language is not English.

The classes take place on Tuesdays and on Wednesdays at 1.30 p.m. and last 90 minutes.

If interested, you need to plan to attend all six sessions on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

 

(the topics may change depending on needs of the class)

Week

Date

Room

Topic

3

25th September

26th September

2171

2171

Signing up session/questionnaire

4

 

2nd October

3rd October

 

2091

2171

The essay and paragraphs

5

 

9th October

10th October

 

1153

2173

Writing introductions and conclusions

6

 

16th October

17th October

 

2173

2173

Using sources – reporting verbs

7

 

23rd October

24th October

 

2174

2173

Dealing with essay titles

8

 

30th October

31st October

 

2174

2173

Critical thinking

  

To book, or for further details, please email elsinternational@qmu.ac.uk

 

Pre-sessional English Course

These courses are designed to prepare non-native speakers of English for university study in Britain. For more information about this course, or to book a place on a 12-week or a 4-week 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.

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ELS Support Enquiries

Effective Learning Service
ELS International International Learning Support