Study Development

The Study Development and Assisstive Technology teams are here to support students at York St John to develop strategies for effective study.

Improve, develop and succeed in your academic work.

We offer workshops and 1-2-1 appointments to help you develop as a university student.

If you are looking to: adapt your working methods, take action on feedback, or deal with a particular assignment (written or otherwise), sign up to a workshop or book a 1-2-1 appointment with the Study Development team. 

If you would like to explore how software packages at York St John can help you with various aspects of studying, book an appointment with the Assisstive Technology team.

Study for Success Workshop Programme

The team offer a number of skills based workshops to support you with your study.  You can find the details of the sessions by looking at the workshop programme: Study Development Study for Success Workshop Programme (342kb)(PDF).  To book on a sessions visit the Student Information Desk in Holgate or email   

1-2-1 Support

Individual tutorials

In an individual tutorial, a Study Development Tutor will help you reflect on your planning process, your study strategies or your written work to offer advice and guidance on how you can maximise your potential.

You can come to us at any stage in the assignment process, from getting the assignment title and brief, to editing and proofreading your work prior to its final submission. 

Tutorials are 45 minutes long and students are entitled to up to six individual tutorials per academic year (subject to availability). 

It is important to note that we do not provide a proofreading service, but we are able to support you in developing personalised proofreading strategies. 

Small group tutorials

Group tutorials are great if you would like to attend one or our workshops but cannot attend at the scheduled time. A small group tutorial can often be a better learning activity than an individual tutorial because they provide the opportunity to also learn from your fellow students.

So, if you realise that a number of your friends are having similar difficulties to your own, why not arrange a group tutorial in order to discuss the particular skills that you would like to develop? These sessions can be tailored to your needs at that particular time or to particular types of assignment. 

How do I make a booking?

Contact the Student Information Desk. T: 01904 876477 E: 

For any other general enquiries, please contact Study Development directly.


Study Skills Software
(Assistive Technology)

Study Skills Software is available on campus PCs. It can be accessed either through the Start Menu or the software launcher. Assistive Tech to Support Study Booklet (PDF, 476.5kB)

To book a training session you can pop to the Student Information Desk in Holgate or call them on 01904 876477.  For further information please contact

Audio Notetaker 

Note taking and presentation practice.

Free app available with university email address

Audio Notetaker - Best Notes Ever!

Logo for Read & Write

Read & Write 

Proofreading, research, spelling and more

Support and Training


Logo for Inspiration mind mapping software

For mind mapping and planning


MindView Tutorials



Logo for Global AutoCorrect

Global AutoCorrect 

Automatic spelling correction as you type across all programs

Global AutoCorrect Video Tutorials

Resit support: Student Success Week

22nd-26th July 2019

Student Success Week is designed to support students submitting for reassessment through a combination of workshops, tutorials and access to a designated space for study, writing, or revision.

Each day will feature: goal setting, a workshop, designated study time, and time for tutorials. Morning refreshments will be provided, but you should make your own arrangements for lunch.

Workshop topics will include (but are not limited to): interpreting feedback, critical writing, incorporating evidence, editing and proofreading. The exact timetable will be confirmed at the beginning of July.

You will have the option to either submit your reassessment at the end of the week or to submit in the normal reassessment period in August.

Booking is essential. Book your place here:

Self-help Resources

Workshops not for you?  Want to extend and consolidate your learning beyond the workshops?  Want to take charge of your studies and your success?  Our self-help resources are here for you.


Essay Writing: Basic Skills (PDF, 52 kB)

Essay Checklist (PDF, 50 kB)

Critical Thinking (PDF, 50 kB)

Exam Success (PDF, 51 kB)

Writing Skills: Paragraphs (PDF, 50 kB)

Writing Skills: Using Evidence (PDF, 49 kB)

Writing Clearly: Perfect Sentences (PDF, 53 kB)

Writing Clearly: Punctuation (PDF, 50 kB)

Avoiding Plagiarism (PDF, 51 kB)

Reflective Writing (PDF, 54 kB)

Writing Academically (PDF, 50 kB)

Essay Writing Survival Guide (PDF, 56 kB)


Useful websites

Writing Centre – Centre for Academic and Professional Literacies, Institute of Education, University of London: This is a very useful site providing advice and guidance on writing essays, critical reviews and dissertations. 

UEfAP – Using English for Academic Purposes: A Guide for Students in Higher Education by Andy Gillett. This is a good guide to academic writing.

Learn Higher - The Learn Higher Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is a partnership of 16 Universities, led by Liverpool Hope University. Resources are available in 20 Learning Areas including among others academic writing, group work, time management, critical thinking and numeracy and statistics.



Stella Cottrell, The Study Skills Handbook, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan Press

Stella Cottrell, Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan Press

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