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Small group academic skills / language sessions

Covid-19 update

Unfortunately small-group sessions will not be available over the Easter vacation. We are working on finding an online alternative for Term 3.

Improve your academic language skills in these writing and speaking sessions for up to six students.

These one-hour sessions focus on a specific aspect of writing or speaking skills, and aim to help you develop your skills and confidence in communicating in an academic context. Click on the session names below to find out more.

Small group sessions are open to all. Book a session with friends, or come as an individual and join a group.

Writing sessions

Please upload a sample of your work when you book a session.

Academic vocabulary and grammar

This session can help you to:

  • use correct grammar in your sentences.
  • improve your academic vocabulary.
  • use appropriate academic style.
  • logically structure your paragraphs.

Please note: this session is not available for post-graduate taught students in the Education department, the York Management School or the Social Policy and Social Work department, or students at the International Pathway College, as academic skills support is available as part of your course.

Essay/report writing

This session focuses on improving your general writing skills. It can help you to:

  • choose what content to include in your essay or report.
  • build arguments and show critical analysis.
  • organise the structure of your essay or report.
  • reference source material correctly.

If you would like help with a specific assignment, please come to a one-to-one writing support session.

Please note: this session is not available for post-graduate taught students in the Education department, the York Management School or the Social Policy and Social Work department, or students at the International Pathway College, as academic skills support is available as part of your course.

Self-proofreading skills

This session can help you to:

  • learn about common proofreading errors and how to avoid them.
  • identify common errors in your writing.
  • use software that can help you proofread your essays, reports or dissertation.

Note: this session helps you develop your proofreading skills - the tutor will not proofread your work for you.

Speaking sessions

Confidence and Conversation

This session can help you to:

  • gain confidence to communicate with others in English.
  • express your opinions and ideas appropriately in speaking.
  • ask people to alter their speed or use of language to help you understand them.
  • make your pronunciation easier for others to understand.

Speaking in academic contexts

This session can help you to:

  • gain the confidence to talk in group work and seminars.
  • develop your presentation skills.
  • express your opinions and ideas appropriately.
  • make your pronunciation easier to understand.

Timetable & location

We run sessions four times a week:

  • Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 and 13:00 - 14:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 and 13:00 - 14:00

Find out which sessions are being held over the next few weeks on the online booking system (see the section below).

All sessions take place in LFA/102. 

How to book a session

  1. Click the 'Book a group session' button below and log in using your University details.
  2. Click on Events in the top left of the screen.
  3. Search for the name of the session you want to book (e.g., 'Academic vocabulary and grammar')
  4. On the schedule, use < > at the top right to move to other weeks.
  5. Click the session you want to book.
  6. On the next page, do these three things:
    • Read the message (Dear student, ...) and complete the Google Form.
    • Scroll down and select the date and time.
    • Click Book now and confirm by selecting Yes.

Please note: Academic vocabulary and grammar sessions and Essay/report writing sessions are only available for students who do not have access to academic skills support through their department.

If you are a post-graduate taught student in the Education department, the York Management School or the Social Policy and Social Work department, or if you are a student on any course at the International Pathway College, please do not book these sessions. Instead, please attend the academic skills classes available in your department. You are welcome to attend the self-proofreading sessiona dn the speaking sessions.

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