Sources of one-to-one advice and guidance about your studies, including how to make an appointment with an IAD study development adviser.
Personal Tutor: for academic advice and guidance, the first person you should often contact is your Personal Tutor or another member of the student support team in your school.
Course teachers: the members of staff who teach your course will also often be able to help. It might be best to ask them if you are concerned about a particular piece of work (e.g. an essay) associated with that course.
Other staff: some subject areas / academic Schools also identify particular members of staff (e.g. student learning tutors / advisors) who can offer guidance about learning and studying. Check the course information in your handbook or your School / subject area website or intranet for details.
The Institute for Academic Development Study Development Advisers are here to help all students learn to study more effectively and develop strategies which will enable them to become a more successful students.
To arrange an appointment with a study development adviser you can either send an email or call 0131 651 6662.
Please note that we don't have the resources to provide a drop-in service and we cannot proofread individual pieces of work or give subject specific guidance.
The Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA) Academic Advice team are available to speak with you throughout the year about any issues or concerns you have with your course or academic progress.
You can contact them by phone, email, or drop in to their offices in Bristo Square.
Talking Ed’s is a new electronic resource made by students for students. The resource is a friendly welcoming gateway for new students and their expectations of studying at Edinburgh.
If you think you may have a specific difficulty, such as dyslexia, you should go and discuss this with members of staff at the Disability Service
The EUSA Peer Proofreading scheme uses the help of student volunteers to proofread the work of fellow students.
Please note that the Peer Proofreading scheme only accepts assignments from non-native English speakers.
The University’s English Language Teaching Centre has also produced a range of English language development study packs you may find useful:
Concerns about learning can be linked to other issues like stress or money worries. The guide to student services at the University provides a short description of all student services that may be able to help you; it includes information on advice services to support your health and welfare.
If anything is seriously affecting your work, you should tell your Personal Tutor or another member of the student support team in your school as soon as possible.
This article was published on Oct 30, 2013