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Booking a tutorial with a Liaison Librarian or Learning Development Tutor is an opportunity for you to receive one-to-one support that is more personal and tailored to your needs.

Liaison Librarians offer expert advice on getting the most out of the library and finding academic sources on the web, including -

  • searching and accessing library resources
  • identifying keywords and search strategies
  • focusing your question
  • recommended readings for your topic
  • evaluating sources and advice on identifying reliable academic sources
  • using the web for academic research
  • finding and using images
  • avoiding plagiarism, Harvard referencing and using reference management software such as Paperpile and Zotero.

Learning Development Tutors offer expert advice on effective learning, including -

  • academic reading and note-making
  • academic writing
  • time management and organisation
  • communication and presentation skills
  • understanding assessment
  • learning from feedback
  • reflection and critical thinking
  • motivation and independent learning
  • understanding and organising concepts, theories and arguments.

There is no requirement for you to bring anything to a tutorial, but it would help us to support you if you bring some of the following -

  • your assignment brief or unit handbook
  • research ideas or proposal
  • any research and/or notes you have so far
  • any writing you have completed so far
  • a list of questions and/or problems you have encountered

Tutorials are informal and chatty but be prepared to -

  • to talk about your topic/ideas
  • show us what you’ve done so far
  • ask questions
  • receive an email with follow-up information

They are intended to support you to gain the skills and confidence to use the library and study effectively, by giving you -

  • a clearer sense of direction for your assignment or dissertation
  • some strategies in place to support your research
  • relevant readings and/or resource recommendations
  • a better understanding of the library and its resources
  • improved motivation and sense of ownership over your learning
  • advice in response to your questions