Frequently Asked Questions

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Why would I want to attend a session on study skills?

Sometimes mastering new academic skills and topics isn’t so much about working harder as it is about working smarter. OSSC sessions cover strategies and skills that will enable you to learn effectively on your course and thrive as a student. Your Study Skills Adviser will work with you to customise your session. The topics you might cover include:

  • Time Management
  • Exam Prep
    • Approaching exam questions
    • Revision planning
  • Effective note-taking
  • Problem solving in maths and sciences
  • Writing skills
    • Building a coherent argument
    • Structuring essays
    • Introductions and signposting
    • Achieving a scholarly register
    • Negotiating bibliographies
    • Grammar and punctuation
  • Engaging with academic resources
  • Close reading
What is a one-to-one session like?

We tailor one-to-one sessions to address your particular goals and needs. One-to-one sessions generally last an hour. You might visit OSSC for a one-off session to iron out something in particular, or you might attend weekly or fortnightly sessions to work toward long-term goals.

Have more questions? Please visit the FAQs for students on the OSSC Canvas site.


FAQs for Tutors & Colleges

I’m a tutor and would like to refer an LMH student. How should I do this?

If you wish to refer a LMH student, you simply should direct your student to our booking system where they will be able to book the next available session.

I’m not a tutor at LMH. Can I still refer students to the Oxford Study Skills Centre?

A number of colleges participate in OSSC and others use OSSC’s services on an ad hoc basis. Please contact your Senior Tutor or Academic Office (or equivalent) to discuss participation in OSSC at your college. If your college is interested in learning more about OSSC, we are very happy to meet with representatives from colleges to discuss our ethos, the services we can provide, and the benefits of participating in OSSC. Please contact us or view our For Colleges page for more information.

I would like to book a group workshop for my students at OSSC. How do I go about this?

We offer a group workshops at participating colleges each term. Please contact us if you’d like to book a group workshop, and we will work with you to customise the workshop around your students’ needs.

I would like to have tutors/lecturers or graduate mentors/advisers at my college trained in study skills teaching methodologies. How can I arrange this?

We are very happy to work with colleges to train lecturers and tutors or postgraduate ‘mentors’ or ‘advisers’ in the study skills methodologies used at OSSC. This is a valuable way for colleges to build up their on-site provision of study skills, and it also provides early-career teaching staff and postgraduate students with the opportunity to expand their teaching skill set and gain valuable experience. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

I would like to learn more about OSSC. Whom should I contact?

Please reach out and contact us by email or phone. We are eager to answer queries, hear ideas, and assist in any way we can.