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Skills Support for Semester 2

Find out about the range of skills support available to help you with your studies in Semester 2 2020/21.

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Skills support during Semester 2

Academic Skills

One-to-one writing tutorials

50-minute online one-to-one writing tutorials are available throughout Semester 2 (weeks 19-26 and 29-31), delivered on Microsoft Teams. Some in-person appointments are available in the Virgil Building, if you prefer to meet a tutor face-to-face.

You can discuss any aspect of writing with a tutor and bring along questions about your work. The tutorials are suitable for students at all levels of study.

You can book a tutorial on MySkills (max three per year).

Email feedback

If you prefer, you can get feedback on your writing by email. The writing tutor will read your work and prioritise key areas so you can develop and improve the quality of your writing. They will send their feedback within three working days.

You can book an email feedback appointment on MySkills.

Exam skills appointments

From 12 April to 7 May we are also running 50-minute online one-to-one exam skills appointments on Teams or Zoom (in-person appointments will be available as soon as possible). These are designed to help you prepare for different kinds of exams and develop effective strategies to reduce any stress or anxiety about taking exams. The sessions are suitable for students at any stage of study.

You can book an exam skills appointment on MySkills.

Presentations skills course

Giving presentations is a vital skill that you will need in your studies and in your future work. We are running a short live online course in April to help you plan, practise and increase your confidence in giving presentations, whether face-to-face, online or in groups.

The course will take place on the following dates:

  • Session 1: Thursday 15 April, 12:15-13:05 LOIL
  • Session 2: Thursday 22 April, 12:15-13:05 LOIL
  • Session 3: Thursday 29 April, 12:15-13:05 LOIL

You will also have the opportunity to record and receive constructive feedback and advice on a short presentation.

You can book a place on the Presentation Skills course on MySkills.

Online resources

You can access a range of useful online resources on MySkills to help you develop your academic skills:

Academic Skills Handbook

The Academic Skills Handbook - available from Amazon or direct from Sage - is your complete guide to acing your assignments and getting the most out of your time at university. Use discount code UK13STBTH to obtain a 25% discount plus free postage and packing via Sage.

Academic & Employability Skills blog

The Academic & Employability Skills blog aims to help you enhance your academic skills so you can get the most out of your studies. You might want to develop your writing skills to get great marks in your essays, dissertations and reports, or improve other key academic skills like reading, critical thinking, note-taking, communication, presentation and exam preparation.

Suitable for students at all levels of study, the blog includes useful tips and guidance from our expert course leaders on a range of topics.

Maths and Statistics

Mathematics Resources Centre (MASH) drop-ins

MASH is currently offering the following drop-in services:

  • Live online interactive call-back sessions using Microsoft Teams.

  • In-person sessions in the Skills Zone (Building 6 East room 2.8) - please check the number of free spaces before you make your way to the Skills Zone.

MASH workshops for first year maths students

MASH workshops are available for first year maths students and any other students taking MA10207, MA10209, MA10211, MA10230 or MA10265 in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. These workshops run during teaching weeks and are live online interactive sessions.

Specialist statistics advice

Bookable appointments are available to help with statistical problems that you might have with project work like final year projects, field study projects, research projects.

Online resources

We link to a large number of online resources for numeracy, mathematics, statistics, mathematics study skills and mathematical typesetting from our Moodle page MASH on Moodle. You can enrol yourself, without a password, and resources are arranged in sections to help you find those which are useful to you.

Foreign Languages

We offer 10-week courses in eight different languages, starting the week commencing 8 February 2021. All our language classes are currently running online. You can watch this short video to find out how the online classes work.

New classes for Semester 2 include:

  • Spanish bitesize classes for beginners (5 weeks)
  • Spanish conversation classes (intermediate+ level)
  • German advanced course

Find out more information on our foreign language courses and how to enrol.

Bookings for Semester 2 classes are now closed.

English Language

We offer a 10-week English language course at three levels for all undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff who use English as a second language. Erasmus+, exchange and visiting students can get six credits by completing the course.

Classes will start from 2 February 2021. They will either be 2 x 90-minute lessons or 1 x 180-minute lesson a week and will take place on Microsoft Teams. You will need to register for and take a placement test so you can be put in the most suitable class for you.

Bookings for the Semester 2 class are now closed.

British Studies

Our 11-week British Studies courses are available for Erasmus+, exchange or visiting students whether you use English as a first or second language. The courses all carry six credits and will help you develop a deeper understanding of British culture, history and society.

Our Semester 2 courses are:

  • British History and Society
  • Introduction to English Linguistics
  • Contemporary Literature and Film

You can book the courses on MySkills.

Bookings for Semester 2 courses are now closed.

Digital Skills

Digital skills are the skills you need to study and work in our fast-evolving digital world. We're encouraging all students to evaluate and develop their digital skills by using a digital skills self-assessment tool and a range of resources linked to six areas of digital capabilities.

You can access the digital skills self-assessment tool and resources, along with further information on the tools you will use for your learning, teaching and assessment at Bath, on MySkills.