I would like some more advice about my writing, do you know who could help?
You are likely to see a number of ASK Advisors us at the drop-ins so you will benefit from having a range of opinions from experienced writers.
However, if you are studying a science-related subject, you can also get help from Brunel's Royal Literary Fellow, Lisa Evans. Lisa is a professional writer who works with students at Brunel to help them develop their writing and academic skills. You can recieve free, confidential, 1-2-1 advice from Lisa who is based in HW229 on Mondays and Tuesdays 10am-4pm.
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I'm not on campus, can you help?
Can I book an appointment?
Yes, but your first port of call should be the drop-in. We are a small team and we cannot see all students for extended appointments. However, after we have spoken to you in the drop-in we do often recommend further appointments. If you cannot make these times, you can make an appointment with us online. Visit our Doodle page and select a time that suits you,
English is not my first language, can you help?
There are specific services provided for you at Brunel to raise your confidence in written and spoken English. If you are an international student you can attend classes and receive one-to-one tutorials provided by Brunel International. If you are a home student and English is not your first language, we can help you within ASK.
I think I might be dyslexic, can you help?
You are welcome to attend our drop-ins and workshops. However, you need to visit the Disability and Dyslexia service for an assessment as soon as you can as you may be able to get additional, specialised help.
I'm a postgraduate student, is ASK for me?
Yes, ASK is for all students at Brunel. However, you may find that the workshops and advice provided by the Graduate School may be more relevant to your postgraduate study. We may also refer you to them for postgraduate specific issues.
Can you proofread my work?
No, ASK does not offer a proofreading service. Proofreading is a one-way dialogue where the tutor corrects mistakes and hands it back to the student whereas the work we do in ASK is about developing your skills for independent learning.
You can email us 500 word samples of your work and we can give you feedback on your writing. However, we do not correct every mistake and instead focus on where you tend to go wrong and give you advice on how to correct the errors yourself in future. The aim of this is so that you can learn to proofread yourself - a valuable skill for study and employment.
However, we do recognise that some students wish to consult proofreaders. There is a directory of contacts provided by the Society for Editors and Proofreaders http://www.sfep.org.uk/. This is undertaken at your own risk and you should consult your tutors for each assessment, asking their permission to employ a proofreader. If, for example, a proportion of the marks for your assessment were awarded for written communication, then employing a proofreader to assist with this may be seen as a form of plagiairism/collusion.
What are your upcoming workshops?
Our workshop calendar can be found here. We recommend that you book on our workshops to avoid disappointment.
When are your drop-ins?
Writing and Learning drop-ins run from 12.00-14.00 Monday to Friday and from 17.00-19.00 on Tuesday evenings.
Maths drop-ins run from 17.00-18.00 on Tuesdays, 13.00-14.30 Wednesdays and 12.00 to 13.00 on Thursdays.
Quantitative Research and Statistics drop-ins run from 11.00-12.00 on Tuesdays and 12.00-13.00 on Fridays.
Drop-ins are first come first serve. At busy periods we put a sign-up sheet on the door of the ASK Teaching Room in the morning before the drop-in.
How long do the drop-ins last?
You'll normally meet with an advisor for around 20 minutes but we may arrange follow-up appointments depending on your query. Drop-ins are first come first serve but at busy periods we put a sign-up sheet on the door of the ASK Teaching Room in the morning before the drop-in.
How do I find you?
We are based on the ground floor of the Library in the Bannerman Centre. If you enter through the turnstiles, we are on your far right.