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. Please note you can have a maximum of 4 appointments per year. 

>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.

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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. 

> 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

Mindfulness and meditation workshops

Be mindful, unlock your potential and achieve more attending the mindfulness and meditation workshops run by Don de Silva, our Buddhist Chaplain (and former official of the United Nations Environmental Programme).

> Go to Mindfulness and Meditation workshops information

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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PASS WEEK (Exam and Dissertation Workshops): 10-14 December

Published 19 November 2018 @ 11:35 AM, by Laura Niada

PASS (Passing Assessments Student Support) is a series of workshops to help you prepare for exams and dissertations. Topics include revision strategies, memorisation, exam techniques, stress reduction, mindfulness, referencing, dissertation research and dissertation writing. The sessions are delivered by Academic Learning Development, Academic Liaison Librarians, Disability Learning Support, Counselling, and Faith and Spirituality.

The workshops take place from Monday 10 to Friday 14 December at Cavendish, Harrow, Marylebone, Regent Street and Wells Street. The workshops are open to all students. Please book below (programme with details also available as pdf on Blackboard): 

Writing Cafes starting on Thursday 8th November, at Harrow campus

Published 8 November 2018 @ 01:31 PM, by Laura Niada

The Writing Cafes are starting on Thursday 8th November, from 3pm to 6pm, at Harrow campus!!

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.

Just bring your writing support (laptop, or pen and paper) and write!

We meet in the Mezzanine space on the Forum, Harrow Campus (Watford Road, Northwick Park, Middlesex HA1 3TP) from 3pm to 6pm, on the following Thursdays:

  • 8 November
  • 15 November
  • 22 November
  • 29 November
  • 6 December

It's drop in, you don't need to book, and you can come and go any time during the running time. How about attending a couple of hours a week? The outcomes of your assignments should benefit. Demonstrably, short but regular writing sessions are more productive than long, irregular, frantic sessions. And you've got a Learning Adviser to support you too!

Should you have any queries, please email LearningAdvice@westminster.ac.uk