Academic Skills Centre

Study-based support to help you shine

If you are baffled by an assignment, need guidance with structuring an essay or are unfamiliar with the art of referencing, there is always someone you can turn to – and the advice is free.

Our Academic Skills Centre (ASC) is open to every student who attends University College Birmingham, whether you are a school-leaver enrolling on our college courses or a student on one of our postgraduate degrees. The centre offers a range of study-based help delivered by specialist lecturers to help you discover your full potential.

You can make 30-minute one-to-one appointments each week at The Link, or if it is more convenient, you can come to one of our daily drop-in sessions during term time.

If you are a college student, you can also meet one of our expert advisers at ‘The Pod’, our drop-in centre at Richmond House (4th Floor Library).

Thanks to the ASC, I was able to access mentoring to help with issues such as anxiety and receive study skills support to assist me with academic writing and assignments, while my allowance has also helped towards the cost of a computer for my studies.

Ross Yates Bakery and Patisserie Technology FdSc

What do sessions cover?

The sessions are driven by what you need, which might include help with:

  • Assignments and projects, including how to structure your work
  • Essay writing – how your text flows, using the correct language
  • Report writing skills
  • Tips on how to get a better grade
  • Getting started with presentations – and how to improve them
  • Building your portfolio of work
  • How to use referencing
  • Subject-specific workshops
  • Understanding lecturers’ feedback

ASC lecturers will suggest strategies to improve your academic performance. You don’t have to be struggling with your studies to seek help – our staff are also keen to assist students who are achieving good grades but want to ensure they maintain and improve their performance. 

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