Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

Study support

We provide help and guidance on how to study most effectively.

Undergraduate student taking notes during a lecture

We’ve invested £4 million to enhance your student experience and provide support and guidance that are second to none.

We’ll work closely with you to help you:

  • become a confident, independent learner and play an active part in the University community; and
  • develop the graduate attributes required for success at the University and beyond.

Learning at university

Learning at university will often be different from school or college and it may take some time to fully understand how to learn and study here.

You will need to get used to the different kinds of learning required in certain subject areas and the demands made as your programme of study progresses.

Lecturers and tutors will offer you guidance on studying and what they expect of you, but we also offer additional forms of support.

How you will learn

Personal Tutor

Every undergraduate has a Personal Tutor, who provides academic guidance and support, helps you review your progress and can address any concerns that might affect your studies.

Peer support

We run a system of peer support in the form of student-run helpdesks, information points, academic families, buddying and mentoring.

This allows newer students to call on the help and advice of more experienced students as they progress through university life.

Effective study skills

Our Institute for Academic Development (IAD) can help you to develop effective learning techniques.

You can access resources and guidance on, for example, how to study effectively, write assignments and revise for your exams. These resources are available at any time.

The IAD also runs a series of workshops throughout the year on study skills topics. 

You can also arrange to receive one-to-one study advice by making an appointment.

Study support for international students

Prepare for Success is a web learning tool for international students who are getting ready to come to the UK for study.

It contains learning resources that help you find out about different aspects of academic life in the UK and the skills needed for effective study.

Prepare for success

Edinburgh University Students’ Association runs a Peer Proofreading Network for students whose first language is not English.

A network of student volunteers will proofread your work and help you with the vocabulary, grammar and general clarity of your written English.