Frequently Asked Questions

Skip to FAQs for Tutors & Colleges.

I’d like to book onto a one-to-one session or attend a group session. Am I eligible?

Please view the list of participating colleges for information about academic and study support available at these colleges and for information about the kinds of study skills sessions that participating colleges offer in partnership with OSSC.

UGA at Oxford visiting students and LMH undergraduates and visiting students can book onto a session at any time. Please book a session now on our online scheduler.

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.

Are drop-in sessions offered?

Drop-ins are currently open only to LMH undergraduates. Drop-ins operate on a first-come-first-served basis and are part of our termly ‘Shut up and write’ events. View upcoming one-to-one writing drop-in sessions.

Will you proofread my essay or mark-up my problem set?

OSSC Study Skills Advisers won’t proofread your tutorial essay, but they will discuss any problems with syntax and grammar and will help with issues of clarity, structure, style, and argument. Similarly, if you book onto a session for problem solving for maths or sciences, our Study Skills Advisers will be happy to point out any areas where you’ve gone astray and to help you approach problems and strengthen your reasoning. Please note we will not comment on work which is part of your assessed or examined coursework, and we follow the university’s Policy on the Use of Third Party Proof-readers.

Will you discuss my session with my college tutors or anyone else?

OSSC sessions are confidential. We will not discuss the details of your session in any way with your tutor unless you specifically ask us to. We will, however, report the number of hours spent with you and offer a simple report explaining your general progress and the topics or skills covered in one or two sentences. This report will be sent to your college’s academic or tutorial administrator (and referring tutor if applicable). Anonymised data about OSSC sessions, including year of study, divisional and college affiliation, and topics covered, is used for general OSSC statistical reporting.

Who are the tutors at the Oxford Study Skills Centre?

Dr Margaret Coombe is the Director and the lead tutor at OSSC. Specifically trained Study Skills Advisers also offer tutoring sessions. Brief bios of our current Study Skills Advisers are available on the online scheduler.

Where is the Oxford Study Skills Centre?

The Oxford Study Skills Centre reception is located at 9 Old Old Hall (that’s not a typo!), Lady Margaret Hall. If arriving from outside LMH, please report to the Porters’ Lodge upon your arrival.

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 online scheduler 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.