Dr Fleur Rothschild
BA (Hons) (Natal, Durban) PhD (Lond), CELTA
Study Skills and Learning Support Adviser
The School of Arts
43 Gordon Square
London WC1E 7HX
About Dr Fleur Rothschild and Learning Support
It has been part of Birkbeck’s mission since the first meeting of the London Mechanics’ Institute in 1823 to make Higher Education available to people who might otherwise not have the opportunity to study, or to re-educate themselves at University level. It is one of the pleasures of both teaching and learning at Birkbeck that, as a result of our remit, we attract a diverse student population who bring a wealth of knowledge and talent to the collective learning experience. Catering to such a richly varied constituency has taught us the value of assisting our students – particularly in their first year of study – to acquire, or recover, the learning habits and skills which will help you to maximise the benefit you will derive from your programme. So, if you have questions or anxieties about your study performance, your first point of contact must be your personal, or other, tutor and the administrator of your programme .
My role in the School of Arts is to supplement the study support from Departments and tutors available to students in their first year of study. In order to reach as many Year-one students as possible, I offer the following forms of assistance:
1. A series of WEEKLY WORKSHOPS throughout the Autumn and Spring terms which focus on helping first-year students in the School of Arts to develop and refine the skills necessary for effective, productive study of the Arts and Humanities.
1.1 The AUTUMN-TERM SCHEDULE comprises two separate, but related, PROGRAMMES
OF LEARNING SUPPORT:
1. STUDY SKILLS (or ‘competencies’): on Thursdays, 7.40-9 pm; repeated on
Fridays, 6-7.20 pm
2. FORMAL, ‘ACADEMIC’ ENGLISH LANGUAGE and BASIC ENGLISH GRAMMAR:
Fridays, 7.40-9 pm
1.2 In the SPRING TERM, I offer a programme of 5-weekly workshops. Each session focuses on a core skill of ESSSAY WRITING in the arts and humanities. The workshops take place on Thursdays, 7.40-9pm; and are repeated on Fridays, 6-7.20pm and 7.40-9pm.
2. After Reading Week in the autumn term, I offer sessions of ONE-TO-ONE ADVICE to first-year students. In the first instance, students will be referred to me by their personal tutors, or other members of staff. These consultations are on an appointment-only basis. I will email students the details in week 6 of the Autumn term. These sessions will continue through the Spring and Summer terms until the examination period begins. These one-to-one sessions are most productive when students also attend my workshops and we can build on the basic skills acquired there.