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Developing student academic skills

We offer a range of workshops, classes, activities and tutorials (in person and online) to help students fulfill their academic potential. You can find further details about each from:

Birkbeck Learning Skills Moodle Module

We have developed a module in Moodle that introduces students and staff to learning development and academic skills at Birkbeck.  It contains contact details for all of the Learning Development Tutors (in Schools and the Centre) and materials to help all students develop their academic skills.  All students will automatically be enrolled on the module. Staff are able to self-enrol on the module.

Academic Development Workshops

There are a wide variety of academic development workshops available to students across the College.  Some of these are offered by the Centre and others by Schools.  Some workshops are available to all enrolled students while others are specifically for undergraduates or postgraduates.  Students can enroll online.  There is normally no charge for these workshops.  Details are available at:

Individual Tutorials

During term time we offer students a one-to-one advice session to assist with academic skills such as planning workloads, writing, reading, exam preparation. Sessions last for 45 minutes. Only one session may be booked at a time. Availability of repeat sessions may be limited due to demand.

To book a session students should phone 020 7631 6316, or email

English Language Drop-in Help Sessions

During term time we offer English language drop-in assistance for students who need to improve their academic English language skills. These sessions are for all students, including English as a first language speakers. Drop-in sessions are held on Saturdays (only during term-time) 2.30-4.30 in Talk Room 1 (at the back of the Student Services Centre). Please note that in term 3 the drop-in hours will change will be 3-5pm and will run from April 26th to June 6th.

Maths and Statistics Basic Drop-in Help Sessions

During term time we offer drop-in help sessions for basic Maths and Statistics help. These one to one drop-in help sessions are to help students apply numerical, algebraic or simple statistical techniques to problems in their own subject area.  Students needing support in more advanced mathematical techniques such as differential calculus or specific statistical applications should approach their home department for support. The sessions are held on Monday afternoons 4.00-5.30. In terms 1 and 2 the drop-in help sessions are held in room 418 of the Malet Street Building. In term 3 they will be held in room 420. Please note: There will be no drop-in session on Monday 9th February. In Stratford drop-in sessions are held on Saturdays (only during term-time) 10.30-12.00. In terms 1 and 2 the drop-in session are held in USG.25. Please note that the Stratford drop-in is limited to maths skills and not statistics.