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Academic Writing and Study Skills

We provide support on topics including writing style and structure, presentations, time management, and more.

ASK do not offer a proofreading service but we are happy to discuss your work.

ASK 1-2-1 Appointments

You can make an appointment to see an adviser if you have any questions about your writing or study skills. Appointments last 20 minutes and students can only book themselves one slot per day. 

During the summer our online appointments are at the following times:

  • Mondays 10am - 12pm
  • Wednesdays 10am - 12pm
  • Fridays 10am - 12pm

Online appointments will take place on Microsoft Teams. You can use your University Microsoft Teams account to join your appointment.

When you book an appointment, you will receive an email confirmation which has the link to your MS Teams appointment enclosed.

Click the link below to access the ASK Writing & Learning 1-2-1 booking page:

Writing and Learning 1-2-1 appointments (MS Teams)

If you require an appointment with an Academic Skills Adviser outside of the above times please email us at ask@brunel.ac.uk

Written advice on writing style

Alternatively you may wish to send us a writing sample so we can provide feedback on style and structure of your writing. Please note that this is not a proofreading service but a way of helping you improve your writing.

During Term 1 and 2 you are allowed to send us 1 writing sample per term. During the summer (June - August) you may send us one writing sample per month. Please allow 48 business hours for this service. 

If you need further help please make an appointment to see an adviser.

Writing Sample Submission Sheet

Please download and complete the form above and email it to ask@brunel.ac.uk

Writing and Learning Workshops

Currently our workshops will be run online using Blackboard Collaborate. 

For the best user experience we recommend using the Google Chrome browser when joining Collaborate sessions

For an overview of how to use Blackboard Collaborate please view the YouTube video here.

Embedded Video Player: Blackboard Collaborate with the U

You can view download our timetable of Writing and Learning workshops here and join and view upcoming workshops via our scheduler here (Blackboard login required).

ASK Events

For more information on upcoming ASK events (such as ASK Week, UGDW etc.), please view our events page or access the ASK Blackboard pages via the following links:

ASK Events

ASK Blackboard pages (BBL login required)

First year student?

Access resources to help you navigate your studies during your first year at Brunel. Via our Blackboard pages you will find answers to FAQs as well as online handouts to help with your writing, links to videos on Stats and links to our Maths refresher event - Back to Maths. Click the link below to access your First Year Toolkit (Blackboard login required):

First Year Toolkit 

Online Resources

We have a large number of resources on all topics in the Academic Skills (ASK) tab in Blackboard Learn. These include video tutorials, useful resources on the internet, quick guides and slides from our workshops.

We have created a series of short videos on academic writing which provide tips about planning, structuring and writing your assignments.

You can also access our interactive learning activities here:

Here are our top 5 writing and learning guides:

 

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