Are you study ready?

Managing the transition from school to university and your time at RVC can bring many challenges, particularly when it comes to studying and exams. The Study Skills Team is here to help you understand what is expected of you as you progress through your programme at RVC, and to provide you with various techniques, support and resources to help you achieve your academic goals without undue stress.

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Study skills support

The Study Skills support team can help you to develop skills in time management, academic reading and writing, team working, creative thinking and learning, research skills, numeracy and statistics, assessment, revision and exam techniques - and much more. We also offer help to get ready for the NAVLE exam. Sessions are offered in many ways – group sessions, online and individual appointments - so find the way that suits your study style.

Individual support

You can go online to RVC LEARN and book individual study skills sessions, on either campus or online, at any point in your studies: Book an appointment.

We know that everyone has different study needs. If your first language is not English or if you have a specific learning differences (SpLD) such as dyslexia and dyspraxia please contact the team for an appointment. We can also help you access specialist dyslexia advisors and tutors if needed.

Group workshops

You can attend pop-ups and timetabled workshops with your year group which run throughout the academic year, on both campuses and online. We cover  topics such as understanding assessments, finding your study style, using Onenote for your studies, different writing styles, time management and more. At the beginning of each term we offer timetabled sessions with your year group to help as part of 
5 Ways to BE Well to help you prepare and feel confident for the term ahead.

Online 24/7 support – Smarthinking for writing

Smarthinking is a 24/7, online student writing service which gives you anytime, anywhere access to expert help to improve your academic writing skills. Our network of writing tutors are educated to MA or PhD level and work around the world so that they can respond anytime. Smarthinking is available free of charge for all RVC students and can be accessed from your course page or from the Study Skills area on LEARN.

Online resources – KickStart and the Student Hub: Study skills

You’ll find videos, guides tips and more about revision, time management and more.

Student Success Coaches

Meet our Student Success Coaches, RVC alumni trained to help you think about challenges you encounter and find strategies to make your time at RVC a success. Student Success Coaches will be contacting you by phone and text to find out how they can help you with:


  • Techniques and approaches to digital learning
  • Understand effective ways to study
  • Build key study strategies that keep you motivated


  • Develop the skills to become resilient to change
  • Work through issues and find specialised support
  • Create a sense of community


  • Set manageable goals when preparing for assessments
  • Plan and schedule your studies and exam revision
  • Make a productive study environment

North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) preparation

  • The latest information from the International Council for Veterinary Assessment (ICVA) can be found on the NAVLE . Prometric testing centres are open. Latest information on can be found on the Prometric website 

  • You can access practice tests and support packages through the Study Skills team. Find out more in the NAVLE area of the Student Hub on LEARN or write to


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