Academic Learning Development

Helping you reach your academic potential

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

Students on all programmes use our service, including:

  • undergraduate students
  • postgraduate students
  • mature students
  • international students

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 and Harrow Campus. They can be for one student or for a group (maximum 6). Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • planning your essay/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’.

Cavendish appointments take place Monday - Thursday

Harrow appointments take place on Friday (term-time).

>Go to appointment booking

Assignment Quick Queries

Book a 20 minute appointment to discuss questions about your assignment. 

Appointments usually take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10.30-1:30pm. Topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • Understanding question and assignment briefs
  • Planning your assignment
  • Structuring your study time
  • Brief questions on writing style and English language use
  • Referencing questions

Booking for an appointment opens two days (48 hours) before the appointment. Please be aware that quick queries are 20 minute sessions and for more in-depth queries you may need a 45 minute academic skills appointment. Bookings can be cancelled via the Engage ‘dashboard’.

>Go to quick query booking

Academic Skills Workshops

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

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

Our friendly and informal workshops 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

Skills Resources

We provide online resources on academic skills, including helpsheets, presentations and activities. Log in to Blackboard, go to the tab 'Learning Resources' and click 'Skills Resources'.


Blog Feed:

PASS Week (exam and dissertation support) 18-22 June

Published 23 May 2018 @ 11:14 AM, by Laura Niada

PASS Week 18-22 June


PASS week is a workshop programme run by Academic Learning Development in collaboration with Disability Learning Support, Information Services, Counselling, Faith and Spirituality and the Centre for Resilience to support students with their exam assessments and dissertations.

The workshops cover areas such as revision techniques, answering exam questions, managing stress, mindfulness, dissertation research and writing.

The workshops will take place from Monday 18th June to Friday 22nd June in Marylebone, Cavendish, Regent and Harrow campuses.

Please visit the Engage or web pages for details and bookings. 

PASS Week 19th- 23rd March! 

PASS (Passing Assessment Student Support) week {19th - 23rd March}  is a series of workshops and initiatives led by Academic Learning Development in collaboration with Library, Counselling, Interfaith, Disability Learning Support and IT Training, to help you cope with and succeed at exams, re-sits, and dissertations!

The workshops cover areas such as:

  • revision techniques
  • exam questions
  • managing stress
  • mindfulness
  • dissertation research and writing

Bookings now open through the Events tab on Engage!