Are you study ready?

Managing the transition from school to university 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 in your programme of study at RVC, and to provide you with various techniques and resources to help you achieve your academic goals without undue stress.

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.

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What works for you?

Individual support

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

Group support

You can also attend pop-ups and workshops which run throughout the academic year, on both campuses and at a distance (webinars) on topics such as understanding assessments, styles of writing, using Onenote for your studies, time management and more. Check out the Find our Study Style workshops as part of 5 Ways Induction.

Online support – Smartthinking writing support

Smarthinking is a 24/7, online student writing service which gives students anytime, anywhere access to expert help to improve their 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.

Your individual needs

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.

Student Success Coaches

Meet our Student Success Coaches, RVC alumni trained to help you think about challenges and to help you find strategies to make your studying 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

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