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Academic support during the dissertation season

Published: 25 February 2019
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Support is available to enable you to achieve your potential

Working on your dissertation over the coming months?

Beginning the process of writing your dissertation can at first feel daunting and it can be difficult to know where to start.

Thankfully, the University has a range of academic support available to all students including specifically designed workshops, resources and helpful advice to help you every step of the way.

Library Workshops

Throughout February and March, undergraduate students are welcome to attend a series of ‘Writing the Dissertation’ workshops held at Hartley Library. The series focuses on different sections of the dissertation including:

  • The Literature Review
  • The Methods or Methodology
  • The Results and Discussion
  • The Introduction and Conclusion

You can book on to these sessions through the Library Academic Skills Hub's Training and Workshops page.

Enabling Services Workshops

Students with a specific learning difficulty (SpLD) such as Dyslexia may also be interested in attending one of our Enabling Services workshops.

Our specialist practitioners can help you in developing a range of skills including:

  • Effective time management and organisation
  • Reading critically and taking effective notes
  • Developing an academic style and vocabulary

We are also holding a workshop which is specifically designed for masters students with an SpLD who are writing their dissertation.

You can book on to these sessions through the Enabling Services Events page or through the Library Academic Skills Hub's Training and Workshops page.


Don't know where to start?

The Library Academic Skills Hub has a really useful section of their website - the Dissertation Planner. The guide helps you every step of the way, from beginning to think about your question through to final submission.

Need help with managing your time?

You may be interested in learning about the Pomodoro Technique which teaches you to work with time, instead of struggling against it. A 'revolutionary time management system', it is simple to learn and can make a real difference to how you approach new tasks.

Helpful advice

Look out for the hashtag #YouGotDiss for dissertation related content on both SUSSEDFacebook and Snapchat (username: UniSouthampton). The Student Communications team will be posting information and resources to help you achieve your potential and maintain your wellbeing during the process.



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