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.

You can arrange individual appointments to talk about any study issues you have; you can also attend our weekly workshops and classes.

Our door is always open for you to drop in and have a chat or to browse through our guides and resources.

We look forward to seeing you!

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 send an email to:

ELS@qmu.ac.uk or ELSinternational@qmu.ac.uk

Workshops and Classes

Workshops

The ELS runs a programme of study skills workshops.

These are small and informal sessions.

The workshops will run from 13.15 to 14.15 on Wednesdays and from 12.15 to 13.15 on Thursdays.

The programme for the rest of Semester 1 is as follows:

WEEK

TOPIC

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

Week 4

Reading skills for study

Room 2176

Room 3162

Week 5

Essays; planning and researching

Room 2176

Room 2177

Week 6

Essays; writing and structuring

Room 2176

Room 2177

Week 7

What is critical thinking?

Room 2176

Room 2177

Week 8

Getting organised – planning time for study

Room 2169

Room 3165

Week 9

Developing academic writing style

Room 2169

Room 3165

Week 10

Revision exam techniques

Room 2169

Room 3165

Week 11

Revision exam techniques (extra sessions)

Room 2168

Room 2175

                                                                                

 

Please book ahead for these, preferably by email, or by dropping in to ELS to sign up.

Contact: ELS@qmu.ac.uk                                                   

If you are unable to come to any of these workshops, or are interested in a particular topic but can't find a workshop on it, do contact us. We can do our best to organise extra workshops for small groups at times that suit you.

Drop-in

If you are looking for some quick advice or guidance, you can drop in and see us in room 1153. There should be someone there Monday to Friday, between 9.00 and 16.30. There is a supply of study guides, and if we are free, it is possible to have a short consultation with one of us.

If you drop in to the ELS and we are not there for any reason, or a workshop is running, do email us with your query and we shall get back to you.

Guides and Resources

Guides and Resources

The leaflets and the basic one-page guides below are also available at the Effective Learning Service, room 1153, in the LRC.

The LRC has a wide range of study skills books available in individual subject areas.  

Leaflets:

Quick guides:

Key study websites at QMU:

See our Library section for useful study and information skills.

Write and Cite: The QM Guide to the Harvard Style of Referencing.

Other key study websites:

Academic Phrasebank - A site containing lots of examples of academic English arranged by function.

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.

In-sessional Academic Skills Classes:

ELS international are running classes for undergraduate students who are non-native speakers of English throughout semester one.

Classes will be run separately:

  • for academic writing
  • for advanced grammar and academic reading

For more information please email: ELSinternational@qmu.ac.uk

Pre-sessional English Course

These courses are designed to prepare non-native speakers of English for university study in Britain. For more information about this course, or to book a place on a 12-week or a 4-week 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: ELSinternational@qmu.ac.uk

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.

Show Contacts

ELS Support Enquiries

Effective Learning Service
ELS International International Learning Support