Academic skills coaching or private tutoring?

If you have been looking for support with your studies you may have come across the terms academic skills coaching and private tutoring and wondered if there is a difference. The difference – although not ‘official’ and sometimes subtle – is based on the differing aims of coaching and tutoring. Academic skills coaching helps students …

What is an independent learner?

As a university student, you will often hear the term ‘independent learner’ and how you need to become one! As a new student, such a term might make you think that you are on your own, but that is not the case. An independent learner is not a student who does everything on their own. …

What are academic skills?

Academic skills underpin your subject-specific studies. Any list of academic skills will typically include critical thinking, presenting, reading, referencing, reflection, researching, time management and writing. In my experience, first-year undergraduate students can find grasping the importance of these skills and starting to develop them challenging – particularly if they have been out of education for …

Writing is a skill

I have always been interested in how we learn sports skills, and when I taught on sports coaching modules I always enjoyed discussing this aspect of coaching with students. Now that I tend to teach more on academic skills modules, I have begun to think about how the concepts discussed in sports coaching modules can …