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Skills support - Semester 1 2020/21

You can access a range of skills support to help you with your studies.

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Academic skills

In-person writing tutorials

During Semester 1, we are temporarily offering in-person one-to-one writing tutorials in room 3.14 of the Virgil Building.

Tutorials are 30 minutes long and are available at different times on Thursdays from week 1, so you can fit your session around your timetable. During the tutorial, you'll be able to ask the tutor any specific questions you have about your writing.

You can book these tutorials (max three per year) on MySkills.

Online writing tutorials

In addition, 50-minute online one-to-one writing tutorials are available from week 4 - please also book these on MySkills (max three per year).

Online tutorials will be delivered on Microsoft Teams. Tutors will contact you through Teams at the time of your meeting. Make sure you have Microsoft Teams ready on your computer before your appointment. If you miss your time slot, you'll lose it.

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. Their feedback will be sent to you by email within three working days. Email feedback appointments can be booked each Wednesday 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 Skills blog

The Academic 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 so your essays, dissertations and reports get great marks or improve other key academic skills like reading, critical thinking, note-taking, communication, presentation, numeracy 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

During Semester 1, MASH is offering the following drop-in services:

  • face-to-face drop-ins on campus in the Skills Zone, 6E2.8, between 1.15pm-3.15pm every weekday from week 4 (to be confirmed) - you must book before arrival.

  • online drop-in support channel via Microsoft Teams which will be monitored between 1.15pm-3.15pm every weekday.

  • specialist statistics advice bookable appointments (Final Year, PhD and MSc students only).

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 5 October 2020, all starting from beginner level. All our language classes are currently running online. You can watch this short video to find out how the online classes work.

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

If your chosen course is already full, there will be more options to join one of our classes in Semester 2. Enrolments for Semester 2 will open in mid-January 2021.

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 be delivered online on Microsoft Teams on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11.15am or 6.15pm for each level, starting 13 October 2020.

You will need to register for and take a placement test as soon as possible from 30 September 2020 so you can be put in the most suitable class for you.

Digital skills

We're encouraging all students to evaluate their digital skills by using a digital skills self-assessment tool.

Digital skills are the skills needed to engage and thrive in today's digital world. Find out why digital skills are so important for your studies and future employability in this blog: Don’t get left behind in the digital revolution.

You can use the online self-assessment tool to find out which digital skills you already possess and which ones you can develop, using the free resources provided.

Contact the Skills Centre

If you can't find the support you need in MySkills, please email the relevant team for further help:

Keep accessing MySkills on a regular basis as this will be updated with new opportunities.

How do staff contact the Skills Centre?

Staff should continue to contact either the relevant head of team or email us and our Operations team will ensure the correct person gets in touch.

For all our latest updates, follow @BathSkills on Twitter.