The Effective Learning Service (ELS) offers guidance and support to all students who wish to develop their academic writing and study skills. Our aim is to help you become as self-reliant as possible as you progress through your degree programmes here at QMU.


Following the recent changes regarding lectures and exams at QMU, we will attend to the majority of ELS and ELSinternational appointments by communicating guidance and advice on your assignments via e-mail. If you have any follow up questions on the advice given, then just contact us by email. If you have an appointment please try to send your work to us (along with the assignment brief if possible) at least 24 hours in advance of your appointment time. If you wish to make an appointment with us, please use this link.

We will look at your work within the time slot that you booked on Student Central. Please do not send any work to us if you do not have an appointment.

A few on-campus appointments will be available. To book a one-to-one on-campus appointment, please email us. 

There will be no more workshops or drop-in sessions on campus until further notice. 


There will be regular drop-in sessions made available on Collaborate. Details of these will be posted on Student Central, with a link to the session. You can come along to one of these if you have a quick question for which you don't think you need a full appointment.

Students can come along to these sessions with a question about an assignment, referencing or study techniques. We will not be able to read assignment drafts during these sessions, but will answer specific questions on particular academic skills areas.

The sessions will take place via Collaborate and students will get a link to the session by signing up on Student Central. The days and times are as follows:

  • Friday 30th October at 3pm
  • Thursday 5th November at 2pm
  • Thursday 12th November at 2.30pm

Further drop-ins may be added later in semester if there is demand.


Regular study skills workshops on a wide range of topics will be run throughout the academic year. The workshops below are small, informal, and aimed at undergraduate students, although postgraduates can join too if there is space available. This semester these workshops will be delivered online via Collaborate.

A full programme of workshops is now available to book. To find out more about these and to book a place, go to Student Central


We will also run a course of academic writing classes for undergraduate students whose first language is not English. 

These classes will cover topics such as:

  • how to structure an essay
  • how to write more ‘academically’ in English
  • how to refer to sources

Due to COVID19 these classes will held online.

There will be one class a week for the ten weeks beginning September 21. There will be two time slots available: on Tuesday afternoons from 2.15 to 3.45, and on Friday mornings from 10.15 to 11.45. There will be time set aside after these classes for students to ask the tutor any questions they may have.  

If you want to find out more details, please email:

If you wish to book a place please log on to: Student Central


Every summer we also run a Resit Programme to help students to get through their resits successfully and to develop their academic skills and confidence for the following year. It is designed for undergraduate students, resitting modules as a second diet, but students sitting assessments as a first diet in August can also apply. This programme runs for two weeks in July. 

For more details and information on how to apply, please see here: Resit Programme

Getting in Touch With Us

What happens in an appointment?

An ELS advisor will discuss any concerns you have, such as taking notes, reading effectively, planning and structuring essays or exam techniques; and then work out various strategies to help.   

The ELS does not proof-read or check completed essays – the aim of the sessions is for you to build up the skills and confidence you need to tackle academic tasks successfully yourself.

Appointments will usually be held in room 1153. One session is enough in many cases, but students often have several sessions over a semester.

How to book an appointment?

The best way is to choose a day and time which suits you and book it using this link.  

If you need to get in touch for any other reason then just send an email message to: or

Workshops and Classes

Study Skills Workshops

Do you want to find out

  • what ‘studying’ is all about?
  • tips and strategies for independent learning?
  • effective ways to plan, write and research?

The workshops below are small, informal, and aimed at undergraduate students.

Workshop Date
Reading at University Thursday 8 October, 12pm
Essay Research & Planning Thursday 15 October, 12pm
Essay Writing & Structure Thursday 29 October, 12pm
Reflective Practice Thursday 5 November, 12pm
Criticality Thursday 12 November, 12pm
Effective Presentations Thursday 19 November, 12pm
Exam Revision & Techniques Thursday 26 November, 12pm

Workshops take place via Collaborate and places can be booked on Student Central, or for further information contact

Book a place. 

Video Guides

These short videos present recorded advice on some of the topics covered in our workshops.  

International English Language Support

Effective Learning Service for international students

The Effective Learning Service for international students at QMU is here to provide support for all students wishing to develop their English language skills.

Where are we?

We are based in room 1153 in the Learning Resource Centre – just follow the signs.

What do we offer?

Individual appointments, in-sessional Academic Writing Classes, and a Pre-sessional English Course

What happens in an individual appointment?

During an appointment the tutor will work with you to identify your specific needs and develop a plan of action. We can offer personal help with any aspect of your coursework, study skills or exam preparation. We can help you improve but we will not complete your assignment for you or proof read your work.

It would be useful if you could send us by email any writing you want us to look at in advance. If the piece of writing is over 1,500 words long please indicate clearly which portion of it you would like to be considered. We would also like you to send us the assignment title, instructions and any marking criteria that you have been given.

Book an appointment. 

Pre-sessional English Course

This course is designed to prepare non-native speakers of English for university study in Britain. For more information about this course, or to book a place see Pre-sessional English Course 

How to contact us

Come along to the Effective Learning Service at the LRC and we can make an appointment at a time which suits you. Alternatively, you can make an appointment by email at the following address:

ELS Support Enquiries

The ELS is based in room 1153 in the Library.

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday 09.00 a.m. - 16.30 p.m.

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ELS Support Enquiries

Effective Learning Service
ELS International International Learning Support
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