Academic support

Many mature students who have been out of education for a period of time worry about their ability to return to academic study. If you would like to brush up your academic skills, you can find details of our study skills classes and study mentors scheme.

Remind yourself of your motivation

When times seem hard, try to remember why you chose to study in the first place. These thoughts can sometimes get lost in the whirlwind of the first few weeks.


Booklists are meant to help you with your studies, not confuse you. It is important to find out which books on your list are main texts and/or essential reading. Ask your tutor if it isn't clear from the list. They are there to help you.

Learn to discard information

This is difficult to do, but you can't use all the notes you take in one piece of work. Keep to what is relevant; the rest of the notes will be useful for revision.