Developing study skills
Many of our students have concerns about the academic side of their studies. Students may be:
- returning to higher education years or decades after graduating
- engaging in university-level study for the first time, having left formal education early in life
- undertaking a theology degree having previously studied a subject that required little to no essay writing.
In all of these cases, the student in question may need some help with developing their study skills. This could involve:
- help with writing and structuring academic essays
- learning how to access study materials, such as picking out the right text from the college libraries
- coaching on how to engage in academic study in a way that suits the individual student
- support in managing study outside the classroom, such as fulfilling assignments and working to deadlines.
Even experienced learners can benefit from our range of support services. Help can be accessed discreetly at any time and will be tailored to your unique needs.
Working with the Writing Tutor
As part of our student support services, St Augustine’s provides you with the means to work with our specialist writing tutor, Suzy Gregory.
Suzy works with students on a one-to-one basis, coaching them on how to get their ideas on paper and write to an academic standard.
Together with Suzy, the student will explore and address their unique concerns and challenges, which may involve:
- working with a specific learning difference
- helping interpret questions or objectives
- checking that an assignment is ready for submission
- practising to improve existing skills
- turning a draft into a finished piece
- giving some guidelines for those who are out of practice.
Thanks to Suzy’s specialist training and teaching experience, she is also able to assist students in identifying why they might struggle in certain areas, for example because of previously unidentified learning differences like dyslexia.
As a theology student who happens to be dyslexic, Tom was pleasantly surprised to learn that he could rely on the support of a writing tutor during his time at St Augustine’s.
Supporting neurodivergent students and those with learning differences
If you have a learning difference or you are a student who is neurodivergent, you may experience more barriers to academic study than others.
In order to empower you to make the most of your study experience, St Augustine’s provides you with a range of support, including:
- one-to-one support from our Writing Tutor, Suzy Gregory
- extensions on assignments (typically between two and four weeks)
- the option to submit assignments via verbal assessment
- flexibility to attend classes virtually (course specific).
Each student has their own unique requirements and access needs. Some students know exactly what kind of help they need, while others may be experiencing difficulties without knowing exactly why or how to ask for help.
Whatever your experience and however it is you learn, we will work with you to understand your needs and do our best to meet them.
“During my studies, Suzy noticed that there was some dissonance between the way I engaged verbally in class and the way I wrote. That insight helped me learn that I was dyslexic: not something you expect to find out in your early middle-age!
The team was amazing, and that support is one of the things that really stands out for me as I reflect on my time at St Augustine’s.”
St Augustine’s ordinand from the Rochester Diocese