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LSE LIFE

Ground Floor

Lionel Robbins Building (LSE Library)

Houghton Street

London

WC2A 2HD

 

Opening Times

Monday to Friday: 10:00-18:00

 

Email

lselife@lse.ac.uk

 

Phone

020 7852 3580

 

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Frequently asked questions

We're sure you have questions about LSE LIFE. Let us answer some of the most frequent ones here.

What’s the difference between LSE LIFE and the Student Services Centre?

LSE LIFE is the School's new centre for academic, personal, and professional development. It is the place to come for all undergraduate and taught master’s students for support, guidance, and ideas about how to succeed in your studies and extend your learning and discovery outside the classroom.


The Student Services Centre (SSC) is the place to go for all undergrduate and master’s students for advice on admissions, registration, fees, financial support, course choice, exams, results and graduation. For further details about SSC, visit their webpage.  

 

Can LSE LIFE help me with my essay?

Yes, but not with the content! You can drop-in to see a study adviser who can help you think about things such as planning your essay, how to structure your argument, how to reference accurately or what ‘being critical’ means. Please come and see us well before your deadline! 

 

We also have an online Study Toolkit and LSE LIFE podcasts to get you started with essay writing. For information about proof-reading, please visit the Language Centre website

What's the difference between an LSE LIFE study adviser and my academic adviser?

LSE LIFE study advisers can help you improve different study skills, such as effective reading, academic writing, and critical thinking, so that you can learn as much as you can and perform to the best of your abilities. 

 

As such, they complement the work of your academic adviser who is there to provide you with academic guidance related to your specific discipline and feedback on your progress and performance. Academic advisers also provide students with pastoral support on non-academic issues and refer students, as necessary, to the appropriate support agencies within the School. 

Can I book an appointment to see someone?

Yes!  There are two types of appointments. 

 

1. During term-time, you can book an appointment to see a study adviser for help with any study-related issue such as essay writing, reading, time management, or note-taking. You can book these 30-minute appointments in person at the LSE LIFE reception. In order to be sure that appointments are available to as many students as possible, you can book a maximum of 4 appointments per term.

 

2. Published authors Anthony Quinn and Katharine Quarmby are this year's Royal Literary Fund Fellows (RLFs). As professional writers (rather than academics) they are available to help students, on a free, one to one basis, with any aspect of academic writing. They do not, however, provide a proof-reading service. Sessions of up to 50 minutes are offered Monday to Thursday, 10:00-16:00 during term time. Students are strongly advised to send any texts or drafts 48 hours in advance of an appointment (send to lselife@lse.ac.uk) You can book a session by sending an email to lselife@lse.ac.uk (maximum three sessions per term).

 

Please note: Sessions with the RLFs take place in 20 Kingsway, and not in LSE LIFE.  To attend an appointment with an RLFs, please go to the reception area on the ground floor of 20 Kingsway (corner entrance).

 

When can I come for some help?

LSE LIFE is open Monday to Friday, 10:00-19:00 and on Saturday, 10:00-18:00.

Information is accessible at all times from our website and Moodle  pages. 

 

Do I have to pay?

All LSE LIFE workshop, talks and events are free. 

 

I don’t have a specific question, but I wanted to talk to someone - can I come anyway?

Yes, our specialist study advisers will discuss general questions with you or help you narrow down what it is you would like help with. 

I have a specific learning disability – can you help me?

LSE is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential in an environment characterised by dignity and mutual respect and aims to ensure that all individuals are treated equitably. Students are encouraged to make contact with the School’s Disability and Wellbeing Service, part of the wider Student Wellbeing Service, which provides a free, confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students, prospective and current.

 

The Service can be contacted by telephone on +44 (0)20 7955 7767 or by emailing disability-dyslexia@lse.ac.uk and there is more information on the Disability and Wellbeing Service page.

What kinds of things does LSE LIFE not take care of?

At LSE LIFE we can help with a wide range of questions and issues!  However, some of the things that we are not able to help with include: admissions, registration, fees, financial support, course choice, exams, results, graduation, visas, student ID cards, and halls of residence. If you need help finding where to go with questions about these or other issues, we are happy to point you in the right direction, though!

 

Has the creation of LSE LIFE reduced the number of seats available in the Library?

No. In fact, one of the objectives in creating LSE LIFE was to increase the overall number of study spaces available in the Library. In addition, moving the Course Collection to the first floor allowed us to increase the number of spaces dedicated to that collection.

The majority of the LSE LIFE space is accessible to students as study space outside of the advertised support hours. 

If you have a question not answered here, please email us at lselife@lse.ac.uk, or come down to see us on the ground floor of the Library, Monday to Friday, 10:00-18:00

 

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