Academic Skills

Academic Skills

The Student Learning Service (SLS) works with all students to enhance their academic skills including academic writing, maths skills and study skills. They also offer support for students with dyslexia and other specific learning differences.

You can book workshops, individual sessions or browse through their online resources. All sessions and workshops can be found on the course booking system here.

Student Counselling Helpline

Our Student Helpline is available 24 hours a day and offers free-of-charge and immediate emotional support. If you are feeling overwhelmed or are experiencing a difficult personal issue, you can speak directly to a counsellor at any time by phone or text, using these contact details:

  • Student Helpline freephone number (UK) 0808 196 2707
  • Outside of UK 00353 1518 0277

The Spectrum Life service can be accessed by visiting You can create an account, using institutional code ABERDEEN and access the online chat facility where you can speak to a counsellor online 24 hours a day. 

You’ll also find a number of self-help guides and information on maintaining positive wellbeing in our Wellbeing Toolkit.

Please note student resident assistants and services staff will continue to be working across student residences throughout the holiday period, 24/7 as per normal and should be contacted through the usual channels.

Academic Writing
One-to-One Study Advice Sessions

In The Writing Room we provide online, confidential one-to-one study advice sessions for undergraduates and taught postgraduates. These sessions can be used to discuss essay writing, dissertations, and preparation for written exams, or to address any concerns you may have about writing at university.

We can discuss assignments or essays that have been marked, and are accompanied by feedback, but we cannot work on an assignment or essay that has yet to be submitted.

PhD students are welcome to book advice sessions but may only do so with the written consent of their PhD supervisor.


Our workshops help you to understand the expectations of academic writing placed on you. We offer a comprehensive coverage of the key challenges in academic writing in a number of formats. Why not join our workshops as part of a 'long course' to develop your skills? Alternatively, feel free to dip in and out: select the one / those you feel you'll gain the most from! 

The topics covered include:

  • Essay writing and planning
  • Report writing
  • Reflective writing
  • Literature reviews
  • Critical thinking for writing
  • Grammar and punctuation
  • Using sources more effectively
  • Creating arguments
  • Academic integrity (including avoiding plagiarism)
  • Editing your work

To view the current online workshops and to book a place on one, please log into the online course booking system.

We are also happy to work with any member of academic staff to deliver a bespoke in-course workshop or tailored session. 

Online Resources
Maths Support

Maths Support is confidential, non-judgemental and free. It is open to all students, from any discipline and level.


You can book an individual appointment, or an appointment for a small group of students. Appointments are currently available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, between 9.30 am and 2.30 pm.

Appointments can be requested:

Weekly Drop-In Sessions

Maths support drop-in sessions will run:

  • in Old Aberdeen, weekly, every Thursday from 16 February until 30 March 2023, from 12 to 2pm, in Fraser Noble 185
  • in Foresterhill, fornightly on Tuesdays 31st of January, 14th of February, 28th of February, 14th of March and 28th of March, 12-2pm, in IMS Level 2 conference room

No booking required - just drop in!


A programme of Maths Skills workshops, tailored to specific courses or programmes, will run during the first and second semester. Further announcements will be made through courses at the beginning of the teaching session, along with booking details.

Online Resources

Online Maths Skills resources can be found in Achieve (Undergraduates) and Achieve+ (Taught Postgraduates).

Study Skills

Confidential, individual appointments and small group sessions to discuss study strategies are available. The sessions usually last for around one hour.


Free workshops for undergraduates and postgraduates run throughout term-time on a variety of topics. These include:

  • Note-taking from texts and recorded lectures
  • Reading strategies
  • Time management
  • Study Strategies
  • Presentation skills
  • Revision and exams

Information about the workshops can be found in the course booking system.

Online Resources

Online resources can be found in Achieve (Undergraduates) and Achieve+ (Taught Postgraduates) in MyAberdeen. These include written guides and short videos on a range of topics.

Dyslexia and Other Specific Learning Differences

Students with dyslexia and other specific learning differences can book an appointment to meet and discuss academic skills and study strategies. Appointments are usually for one hour and more appointments can be requested.


Throughout the semester the Student Learning Service run a series of workshops, open to all students, on a variety of topics, these include: note-taking, reading, time management, presentation skills, revision and exams and more.

  •  Contact the Student Learning Service if you are interested: