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University of Essex

Study skills

Enhance your career

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We equip you with skills for the modern workplace. Whether you’re seeking graduate employment or starting your own business, we offer bespoke careers advice and a range of employability options to enhance your CV.

An Essex education is challenging, inspiring and demanding. We provide a range of study skills workshops, resources and guidance to help you reach your full academic potential.

Academic skills

We offer a range of activities and support to help maximise your academic performance, including:

  • study skills workshops on topics such as referencing, planning, essay writing, effective reading and note taking
  • specialised workshops for postgraduate students, covering topics such as using the University library and research databases, literature reviews and presentation skills
  • one-to-one workshops tailored to you specific study needs
  • access to resources, such as research best practice, to help develop your skills
  • exam preparation and revision events

Maths, IT and analytical skills

If you study at undergraduate level, our common first year provides you with a fully-rounded business education by introducing you to important areas of accounting and finance. You take a numeracy assessment in your first term, which helps us to identify how we can best meet your needs.

Our Peer Assisted Learning (PALs) team also runs weekly clinics in maths and Microsoft Excel skills for all students in Colchester. They can also teach you how to use our Bloomberg Financial Market Lab so you can access a range of financial and business data to use throughout your degree.

Personal Tutors

If you're an undergraduate or Masters student, you'll be allocated a personal tutor from your subject area for the duration of your course. If you’re studying for a PhD, your research supervisor will take on the role of providing personalised advice about academic and non-academic issues. Your tutor or supervisor will guide you through your time at Essex to help you make the most of opportunities available at the University.

Peer Mentors


As you begin your university education, our Peer Mentors are on hand to help you settle into life at Essex. They offer advice and guidance on areas such as accessing online resources, submitting coursework and finding employability opportunities, as well as how to sign-up for sports clubs and societies. In your first term as an undergraduate in Colchester, you can also gain advice and guidance from the SET Mentors.These second-year students will share their experiences of what it’s like to study at university for the first time.


The University’s Ask a Postgraduate Student scheme gives you the chance to ask questions and discuss issues about living and studying at Essex with other Masters and PhD students.

English language skills

More than half of our students join us from overseas, so we appreciate that the UK education system and culture may be different to what you’ve experienced at home. We help you to settle into University life with a range of support for international students, including free English language classes, run by the University’s Talent Development Centre. The EBS Learning Team also provide one-to-one guidance on essay writing skills and understanding our academic referencing system.

If you’re a Chinese student joining us from a partner institution, you take an English language module as part of your course. If English isn’t your first language, a language assessment during your first term will help us to identify how we can best meet your needs.