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Study support in the library

graphicA wide range of resources and activities are available from the library to support your studies at Queen Mary including:

  • Academic Skills Enhancement helps students at any level from any subject discipline, undergraduate or postgraduate, to become more effective in their academic work via one to one tutorials and workshops. They can help with aspects of study including reading effectively, writing, exam technique, revision, note-taking, time-management, critical thinking, avoiding plagiarism, presentation skills and group work
  • Online guidance to acdemic skills that you can access in your own time. This includes a short online course about how to approach blended learning and remote study 
  • Royal Literary Fund Fellows are available for tutorials with students from any discipline - their aim is to help the student develop clear, lively, accurate writing that gets its meaning across with the minimum of fuss
  • Academic Skills Enhancement (ASE) and the Disability and Dyslexia Service have launched the Apps4Learning project - a learning resource featuring a range of study apps that can improve your productivity, study effectiveness and wellbeing  

IT resources

The Blended Teaching and Learning IT Support pages include guides and FAQs to help students in the blended learning environment. This includes a guide to using QM Plus.

Exam stress

Being anxious about exams is very common, and very normal. The fact is that you are being tested, explicitly about knowledge of your subject, but implicitly for your ability to perform under pressure, so in a way, you are meant to be anxious!

Our Counsellors have written a blog post about taking care of your emotional and mental wellbeing during the exam period.

More information and advice about managing exam anxiety.

Find out about all the support on offer from the Student's Union to help you study well.

Procrastination

One of the most common problems worrying students is the tendency to put things off until the last moment - or to beyond the last moment. Of course it is not only students who have trouble with this habit. Probably every one of us has tried to avoid some unpalatable task at some time - it is a natural human reaction. 

However, university students are particularly vulnerable, possibly because of the amount of work expected of them, the lack of formal structure in university and the range of tempting distractions on campus. Read more information and advice on procrastination.

Students' Union Academic Advice Service

If you encounter any academic problems while you're studying, the Union's Academic Advice Service is there to help. It is an independent, free and confidential service open to all Queen Mary students.

Advisers can offer confidential advice and representation on a range of academic issues including: 

  • Applications for extenuating circumstances
  • Requests for a review of an exam board decision
  • Allegations of plagiarism or an examination offences
  • Allegations of breach of the code of student discipline
  • Appeals against the outcome of a disciplinary hearing, either under the examination offences regulations or the code of student discipline
  • Appeals against deregistration from a module or course
  • Complaints regarding a member of staff or course delivery
  • Bullying or harassment by a member of staff or fellow student
  • PhD supervision
  • Fitness to practice issues

Peer Assisted Study Support 

PASS is a course-based mentoring scheme, run for students by students. 

It gives first-years  the opportunity to discuss study-related problems in a friendly, informal setting and get general advice from higher-year undergraduates in their subject. 

Thinking of interrupting or leaving?

If you are thinking of interrupting or leaving your course, and you are worried about how to proceed, or what the implications will be for your funding or your immigration status, please read our guidance.

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