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Why You Shouldn’t Be Scared To Ask For Help At Uni.

Hi, I’m Ellie, one of the brand new 301 interns. This is my first blog, and I hope it helps.

As a student, it is easy to get caught up in the idea that you are on your own, and that any problem you face – be that academic or personal – is yours to face alone. You have left school, where teachers reminded you daily that ‘they won’t hold your hand like this ay uni’, and you’ve left home, so your mum isn’t there to make sure you’ve finished all of your homework on time! But this doesn’t mean that you are completely alone…

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If you have a problem to face, don’t accept that this is yours alone, there are so many places within The University of Sheffield that are there to help you out:

A good place to start is your personal tutor. They are your port of call when anything may go wrong that could affect your studies. I would highly recommend keeping in frequent contact with them over each semester, just so then 1) they know who you are if anything does go wrong and 2) you feel comfortable knowing that there is someone within your department looking out for you.

If something does go wrong, or you need some help, your personal tutor may not be able to solve the problem for you directly, however they will definitely know who can, and point you in the right direction of said help.

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Another great place to go, when you have any academic queries or concerns, is right here at the 301! We offer such a wide range of activities and resources that any issue that you may ever have in your academic studies, will be covered by our tutors.  The activities we offer are workshops, which include: Academic Writing, Independent study, Dissertation Planning, Reading for Memory… and those are just a few. Workshops run daily, here is a full list of what is coming up next week:

Week 3
Monday 20th February 17:00 – 18:15 Critical Thinking
Tuesday 21st February 16:00 – 17:15 Academic Writing: Overview
Tuesday 21st February 17:30 – 18:45 Academic Writing: Essays
Wednesday 22nd February 13:15 – 15:15 Seminars and Group Work
Wednesday 22nd February 14:45 – 16:00 Mind Mapping
Thursday 23rd February 16:00 – 17:15 Academic Writing: Flow
Thursday 23rd February 17:30 – 18:45 Proofreading

There are also 1:1 tutoring sessions that cover a wide range of topics, as well as MASH (Maths and Statistic Help) drop-in sessions, where tutors are readily available to help with any mathematical aspects of your degree.

If these sessions don’t suit your learning preferences, or your timetable, then the 301 website is a great place to find many online resources that you can use in your own time.

So that’s the academic stuff covered. What about personal issues. Well, the Students Union is the IDEAL place to get any help. A great place to start is the SSiD, where you can receive expert help on issues ranging from financial worries, to personal wellbeing.

Not only does the SU have the SSiD, it also has the PropertywithUS shop, where university approved properties for students are displayed. Here you can receive all of the help you need when finding a Property to live in during your time at university.

The Jobshop is also located within the union, this offers help with getting a part time job, as well as running the Taste of Work scheme, and also the Skills for work Certificate.

As well as the Jobshop, Sheffield University offers a huge Careers Service – located just opposite the union on Glossop Road – which is there to help with any aspect of the job hunt, whether that is finding a placement, writing a CV and covering letter, or helping you fill out a job application form.  A lot of the Careers services are available to students on the Career Connect website    Whatever kind of job you are looking for, the Jobshop or the careers service can help you out.

I like to think that my above argument is good enough to convince all students at the University of Sheffield that they are not alone. There is always someone there to help you out; I guess you just have to take the time to find them…

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We are 301 Student Skills and Development Centre and we give academic skills advice to our students at the University of Sheffield. We offer workshops and 1:1 appointments.

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