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Skills support for Semester 1

Find out about the range of skills support available to help you get the most out of your studies in Semester 1 2021/22.

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Develop your skills to get the most out of your studies

Academic skills

Skills enrichment classes

Our skills enrichment courses and one-off sessions have been carefully planned to support you at each stage of your academic journey, from getting started on your first assignment to preparing for assessments.

We're running the following courses in Semester 1:

  • Discussion skills: a 10-week course from week 2 (13 October) for students who use English as a second language to build your confidence with spoken communication.
  • Presentation skills: 2-week courses for all students designed to help you plan and practise delivering effective presentations.

In addition, a range of one-hour one-off sessions are available throughout the Semester to help you develop various aspects of your academic writing and prepare for your exams.

The skills enrichment sessions will be delivered live online on Teams and bookings will open on MySkills on 27 September 2021.

One-to-one writing tutorials

50-minute online (Teams) writing tutorials are available for students at all levels of study from week 4 (w/c 25 October). Bookings can be made from week 3 (18 October 2021). Tutorials in Semester 1 are available until Friday 17 December 2021. In January 2022, a limited number tutorials are available from Monday 10 January to Thursday 27 January 2022.

Tutorials are available at different times so you can fit your appointment around your timetable.

During the tutorial, you'll be able to discuss any aspect of writing with the tutor and bring along any specific questions you have about your work.

If you’d prefer to meet a tutor face-to-face, some in-person appointments are available on campus in Eastwood Lodge, in room EL1.03.

You can also get feedback on your writing via email.

You can book these tutorials on MySkills (max three per year) one week in advance of the appointments.

Find out how the one-to-one writing tutorials helped three students develop their academic writing in these blogs:

One-to-one exam skills tutorials

To help you prepare for Semester 1 assessments, which start on 13 January 2022, we are running a limited number of 50-minute exams skills appointments in weeks 10, 11 and 15, from 6 December 2021 to 12 January 2022.

During the one-to-one appointment, you can ask questions and get guidance and suggestions from one of the Skills Centre's specialist exam skills tutors on how best to prepare for and complete your exams.

You can book these tutorials on MySkills one week in advance of the appointments.

Online resources

You can access a range of useful online resources on MySkills to develop academic and study skills, such as critical thinking, reflective writing and note-taking, in your own time.

We also recommend the Macmillan 'Skills for Study' modules which will help you prepare for the University's mandatory Academic Integrity Test.

Academic & Employability Skills blog

The Academic & Employability Skills blog aims to help you enhance your academic skills and transferable skills for employment.

Suitable for students at all levels of study, the blog offers regular useful tips and guidance from Skills Centre staff and student ambassadors on a range of topics, from academic reading, writing and maths skills to language, presentation, communication and workplace-critical digital skills.

You can subscribe to the blog to get regular updates emailed straight to your inbox.

Maths and statistics

Mathematics Resources Centre (MASH) drop-ins

Maths and statistics help is available to all students at the University.

During University teaching weeks, MASH offers daily in-person drop-ins from 12.15pm to 2.05pm on campus in the Skills Zone (6E2.8). During the drop-in you can ask a specialist tutor any maths or statistics question you may have.

If you can't make it to campus email MASH to arrange help via a video call-back.

MASH workshops

MASH workshops are available for first year maths students and any other student taking MA1 units from the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Statistics Advisory Service (SAS)

SAS provides help with any statistical problems relating to project work such as final year projects, field study projects or research projects.

Online resources

You may already be enrolled on a MASH Moodle page which is specifically aimed at students in your department and on your programme.

In addition we link to a large number of online resources for numeracy, mathematics, statistics, mathematics study skills and mathematical typesetting from our MASH on Moodle page.

Foreign languages

Learning a foreign language not only opens an exciting world of new places to visit and cultures to explore, but it also gives you an edge in today’s competitive job market. It demonstrates to employers your ability to communicate across cultures and your desire to go the extra mile to succeed.

We offer courses in eight different languages, all starting from beginner level. Starting in week 2 (w/c 11 October 2021), all our language classes are currently running online.

Semester 1 enrolment for University of Bath students opens on 22 September 2021 on MySkills.

Registration for the Semester 1 courses is now closed.

Find out two students' experiences of our foreign language courses in these blogs:

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) language sessions

These weekly, 50-minute sessions on campus are facilitated by PAL leaders, who are native or near-native speakers of the language. They are open to all students, not just those who are registered on our English/Foreign Language classes, and whatever the students' current level in the language.

English language

We offer a 10-week English language course at three levels for all undergraduate and postgraduate students who use English as a second language.

During the course you'll improve your vocabulary and grammar, develop your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills and build general exam-taking techniques.

Visiting and exchange students can get six credits by completing the course.

Semester 1 classes will run from week 2 (12 October 2021) on Teams. You'll need to register for and take a placement test in advance so you can be put in the most suitable class for you.

Registration for the Semester 1 courses is now closed.

British Studies

Our 11-week British Studies courses are available for visiting and exchange students and are designed to help you develop a deeper understanding of British culture, history and society.

The following Semester 1 courses start in week 1 (w/c 4 October 2021):

  • Britain’s International History: the Romans to the Treaty of Rome
  • Shakespeare
  • Introduction to English Linguistics

There will be online recorded lecture material for you to work through independently and a weekly 50-minute live online interactive session on Teams. Each course carries six credits (minimum 80% attendance required). You can book the courses on MySkills.

Registration for the Semester 1 courses is now closed.

Digital skills

Digital skills are the skills needed to engage and thrive in today's digital world.

Technology continues to advance at a phenomenal rate and having a strong digital skillset to navigate through a constantly changing digital environment will be crucial for your future employment.

We've compiled lots of resources on MySkills to help you explore and develop your digital capabilities and confidently use the range of online tools you'll come across at Bath for your learning, teaching and assessment.

Our student Skills Co-Creators have shared their experiences of developing their digital skills in these blogs:

Contact the Skills Centre

If you have further enquiries about our support, please email the relevant team:

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