Academic Learning Development

Helping you reach your academic potential

Develop and master academic writing and skills to succeed in your studies and career.

Our services are open to all students, from any degree and level of preparation. 

Our Services:

Academic Skills Appointments

Book a 45-minute appointment with a Learning Adviser to discuss any aspect of assignment writing and studying. 

Appointments take place at 101 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone and Harrow. They can be for one student or a group (maximum 6). Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • planning your assignment/dissertation
  • structuring your assignment
  • organising your time
  • writing in an appropriate style
  • critical thinking and writing
  • delivering presentations
  • preparing for exams

Booking for an appointment opens two weeks before the appointment (keep checking the booking page, as appointments will continuously become available). You may cancel an appointment up to 24 hours before it is due to take place. Bookings can be cancelled via the Engage ‘dashboard’.

>Go to appointment booking

Academic Skills Workshops

We deliver a range of workshops to help you develop your skills. Topics include:

  • Effective reading
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking and writing
  • Essay writing
  • Literature reviews
  • Presentations
  • Reflective thinking and writing
  • Report writing

Our workshops are friendly and informal, and include presentations by our Learning Advisers as well as exercises, group work and interaction, to ensure you get the most out of the sessions.

> Go to workshop booking

Postgraduate Cafes

The Postgraduate Cafes are a series of workshops dedicated to postgraduate students. The workshops start with a presentation by a Learning Adviser on academic skills specifically relevant to postgraduate students. This is followed by activities and discussion on the topic among the participants, who can share best practices and tips or ask further questions to the Learning Adviser. 

For more information and bookings see here. 

> Go to Postgraduate Cafes information and booking

Writing Cafes

The  Writing Cafés are a weekly writing group where you write your assignment and have the possibility to ask questions about your writing to our Learning Adviser. The Writing Cafes take place at Harrow every Thursday afternoon starting 8 November and are open to all.  

> Go to Writing Cafes information

Skills Resources

We provide online resources on academic skills, including helpsheets, presentations and activities on Blackboard

Well-being appointments

Feeling stressed or anxious? Do you need to talk with someone skilled and compassionate to help you overcome blockages and unlock your potential? You are invited to talk to our Buddhist Chaplain (and former official of the United Nations Environmental Programme), Don de Silva. Please book your appointment with him writing at d.desilva2@westminster.ac.uk 

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