Specialist study skills support provides a safe space where you can explore and navigate through your learning journey and personal development. Sessions take place online and in person on a one-to-one basis with a specialist study skills tutor. 

Specialist study skills support is primarily provided for students with neurodivergent profiles, including those identified with a specific learning difference (SpLD) such as:

  • dyslexia
  • dyspraxia
  • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • and those on the autistic spectrum.

You may be able to access this support via Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA).

How specialist study support can help

Specialist study skills tutors can help you to:

  • understand how you learn best
  • manage time effectively
  • develop skills in planning and organising ideas for assignments or presentations
  • read efficiently
  • develop note-taking strategies
  • develop memory techniques
  • develop academic-writing skills, including strategies for independent proofreading and editing
  • prepare for exams and presentations
  • make use of relevant resources, tools and apps to become more independent
  • explore options for support both internal and external to UWE Bristol
  • set realistic goals and plan next steps.

Specialist study skills tutors are not able to:

"The dyslexia learning support I have received has been outstanding, building my self-confidence and teaching me strategies to address my weaknesses."

Avril, Adult Nursing
Read more of Avril's story

Avril Adult Nursing

 Adult Nursing graduate Avril always wanted to care for people, but had few qualifications. During her time at UWE Bristol, she not only gained her qualifications but also so much self-confidence that she became a Peer Assisted Leader (PAL). 

“It was with some trepidation that I joined the Adult Nursing course - the most daunting challenge of my life. 

"[With dyslexia-learning support] I improved to such an extent that I volunteered to be a Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Leader and loved every minute of interacting with students in the year below and encouraging them to believe in their own abilities.” 

With the self-assurance she gained, Avril transferred from the diploma to the degree course.

“The greatest achievement of my life”. 


Specialist study skills support aims to:

  • identify barriers to learning and the impact of your neurodivergent profile
  • work with your individual strengths, needs and learning preferences
  • identify areas for development and growth
  • enable you to develop effective transferable skills, capability and learning strategies
  • collaborate with you using a tailored approach to create solution focused outcomes
  • enhance your confidence and resilience
  • enable you to build independence and fully engage in your studies.

How do I book?

  • Contact the Access and Learning Strategies team to check your availability and book an initial appointment.
  • Initial appointments will usually take place online using Microsoft Teams. Follow-up appointments may take place either online or in person, in agreement with your specialist study skills tutor.
  • Appointments usually last between 30 to 60 minutes.

You may also like to explore library study skills support, college study support and wellbeing support.

How to cancel

You can cancel your session by contacting the Access and Learning Strategies admin team at least 24 hours before your session (excluding weekends and Bank Holidays).

Cancelling 24 hours or more before your session means you can reuse that hour at another time. Cancelling less than 24 hours before your session or not attending your session without providing notification, means you will lose that hour from your support allocation.

Full details are available from our Cancellation Policy.

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