Study skills

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Teaching and Learning Centre webpages

Lectures, workshops and classes

The Teaching and learning centre offers a popular series of lectures throughout the academic year on subjects such as essay writing, dissertation planning, time management and memory techniques. There are also a number of talks concerning more personal issues such as psychological challenges and stress management.

These general sessions (usually on Wednesday afternoons) are geared towards undergraduate and MSc students in all departments. Follow-up lessons to some of the lectures are offered by the language centre; these are separate from the EAP courses and are open to students with a proficiency level in English.

A full schedule of events is available on the Moodle resource learning world , which was developed by the TLC as a source of helpful information and links. Students are encouraged to register for this new course on Moodle from the beginning of the academic year. The sessions are also listed in the central LSE Timetables under the course code SS (Study Skills) and posters will be put up around the School to advertise individual events. Furthermore, a hard copy of the schedule is available from the TLC main reception and  the Students' Union (SU).

The LSE Language Centre offers an extensive range of support classes for students whose first language is not English. These cover everything from basic structures and pronunciation to understanding critical analysis and advanced dissertation writing. Each department has its own EAP (English for Academic Purposes) Tutor who tailors classes to help you with your course and also has office hours for one-to-one advice


Who should attend the lectures?

Anyone who feels these sessions would be useful. The sessions may be particularly relevant for students with no previous experience of UK higher education.

The follow-up workshops are specifically aimed at native or near native speakers of English and those not enrolled in the EAP classes at the language centre.



The series of lectures and practical workshops addresses basic study-relates concerns for LSE students.

They are open to all undergraduate and taught masters students, but may be particularly relevant to those who did not study for their undergraduate degree in the UK.

However, all students may benefit from attending one or more of the events listed. Changes to the timetable and

Topics to be covered include:

  • Introduction to study at the LSE
  • Introduction to essay writing (*follow-up class available)
  • Participating and presenting in classes and seminars (*follow-up class available)
  • Effective reading strategies
  • Managing your time
  • Getting started with the MSc dissertation
  • Managing study related stress
  • Structuring MSc dissertations and long essays (*follow-up class available)
  • Preparing for exams
  • Memory techniques
  • Communicating Assertively
  • Overcoming Procrastination
  • GRE/GMAT Preparation
  • Preparing for quantitative tests


One-to-one advice sessions

One-to-one study support is also available from the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC). The student support team includes two experienced and sympathetic study advisers (Dr Tony Whelan and Ms Lynne Roberts) who offer confidential tutorial sessions independently of your department.

Students are expected to come with specific questions/quantitative issues they need help with, having contacted class teachers/lecturers first. Dr Whelan (the quantitative adviser) also offers some group sessions for specific topics. You can get help with problem-solving, essay writing, exam preparation etc and the advisers can also direct you to other professionals within the LSE should you need further assistance.

The TLC is also pleased to offer one-to-one writing tutorials with the Royal literary fund fellow Marina Benjamin. Ms Benjamin is a published writer who expertly assists students in finding the best way to express their thoughts and ideas. Last year she helped well over 200 students to find their academic "voice". If you have any difficulties expressing yourself in writing, then you may benefit from a session (or two).

To book an appointment with Dr Whelan, Ms Roberts and/or Ms Benjamin,  please call 020 7852 3627 or email: You are also welcome to come to the TLC reception (U600) in person. Please note that there is high demand for this service and you may have to wait for an appointment.


Study support for quantitative subjects

TLC also offers individual support to students facing difficulties in quantitative subjects on Tuesday and Thursday mornings during term time. See above for details.



TLC has set up learning world  on Moodle, the LSE's virtual learning environment. All students can register for this course, which has advice and information about studying at the School. There are resources for a range of academic skills, as well as links to other student-centred departments. There is also a full list of all the TLC study-skills events on an interactive calendar as well access to the presentation slides and video files.  

Suggested reading: Patrick Dunleavy, Studying for a Degree in the Humanities and the Social Sciences (Palgrave Macmillan 1986); Phyllis Creme and Mary Lea, Writing at University (Open University Press 1997); Peter Levin, Write Great Essays! A guide to reading and essay-writing for undergraduates and taught postgraduates (Open University Press, 2004); Peter Levin, Sail Through Exams! Preparing for traditional exams for undergraduates and taught postgraduates working on group projects (Open University Press, 2004); Peter Levin, Excellent Dissertations! A guide to planning, managing and writing up a dissertation project, for undergraduates and taught postgraduates (Open University Press, 2005); Peter Levin, Student-Friendly Guide: Successful Teamwork! A guide for undergraduates and taught postgraduates working on group projects (Open University Press, 2004).


Research students

For students continuing at the School as research students, there are a number of specialist research methods courses, along with sessions on preparing and writing PhDs. For details of these courses, see the Methodology Institute section of the Taught masters section. The LSE careers service and teaching and learning centre will also be offering skills training for PhD students in 2008-2009.  Students can also go directly to the PhD students' portal