The Oxford Study Skills Centre aims to promote achievement and academic success by helping students to develop effective approaches to learning, including academic essay writing strategies and general study skills. OSSC was established in September 2018 at Lady Margaret Hall and serves undergraduate students from participating colleges across the University of Oxford.
What we do
Effective studying demands putting certain skills and strategies into practice every day. Specialist tutors at OSSC can help you to recognise, develop, and use your skills to best effect in your studies.
Whatever your background or degree programme, you can benefit from developing and refining your study skills. Whether you are in your first year at university or about to sit Finals, good study skills and practices can help you make effective use of your study time, excel on your course, and be better prepared to tackle new challenges.
Of course good study skills and practices don’t stop at Oxford, and most of these skills are extremely valuable to employers after you leave university.
If you visit OSSC, your first appointment will usually be with Dr Margaret Coombe. During the initial appointment, Dr Coombe will discuss any work you bring along as well as your particular goals and needs. If appropriate, she will help you to develop a study plan which might include further sessions with her or sessions with a specially trained OSSC Study Skills Adviser.
Additionally, OSSC trains postgraduates and lectures/tutors at various colleges across Oxford who then work within their respective colleges, serving as a helpful first port of call for undergraduate students.
Who we are
Oxford Study Skills Centre Director
Dr Margaret Coombe is the Director of the Oxford Study Skills Centre at Lady Margaret Hall. Dr Coombe is by discipline a historian of medieval England. Her research focuses on the religious history of the north of England. In 2014, she was awarded the student-led Oxford Student Union teaching award for her work as a study skills tutor, and was nominated again in 2018.
OSSC Study Skills Advisers
Director Dr Margaret Coombe is the lead tutor at the Oxford Study Skills Centre. OSSC Study Skills Advisers also provide sessions to LMH undergraduates under Dr Coombe’s direction. Our team of Study Skills Advisers comprises tutors/lecturers and postgraduates who are recruited and specially trained to work with undergraduate students on study skills techniques in one-to-one tutorials.
About Lady Margaret Hall
The Oxford Study Skills Centre is grateful for the support of Lady Margaret Hall, our home college at the University of Oxford. Lady Margaret Hall was a college founded to right a wrong. In 1879, it opened up Oxford to women students for the first time. LMH began with nine women students and is now a vibrant academic community with hundreds of students. LMH is a diverse, open, intellectually curious, and pioneering community. LMH continues to break boundaries as the college to establish the Oxford Study Skills Centre, the first of its kind at Oxford University.
The Oxford Study Skills Centre is made possible by the generous donations of our benefactors. If you are interested in supporting our work at OSSC, please visit our Support Us page.