Academic skills

Academic skills

Academic Skills Tutors help you to take an active role in developing your academic skills.

The academic skills programme is designed to support the needs of all students from all levels and disciplines. Our emphasis is on enhancement of learning to assist students in achieving their full potential, to help improve their self-esteem and employability.

Our skills programme includes a wide range of workshops including Essay Writing, Academic Referencing, Exam Revision and Presentation Skills. We also run tailored workshops within the curriculum. In addition, we offer a one-to-one service where students can make an appointment with a study skills tutor.

Study Mentoring

Academic Skills is running two student mentoring schemes: the SMART Buddy scheme for UK, EU and PGCE students and the SMART Companion Scheme for International (non-EU) Undergraduate and Masters students.

Buddies and Companions are specially selected second and third years, trained to help their mentees excel in their studies, especially during their first year at University.


Winchester has also developed SkillsNet, an online resource that gives you tips and information, all designed to boost your academic performance.

Good academic skills are critical to success at University, both in acquiring good grades, and proving useful for learning throughout one’s life. SkillsNet provides easily accessible, relevant on-line resources to help you excel in your academic work. Whether you are preparing ahead, or working to a deadline, SkillsNet is there for you.

What information is on the site?

You can search for useful tips, worksheets, ideas and information on such topics as written work, presentations, group work, exams and active learning.

You can find out about face-to-face workshops, other sources to dip into, and people who you can contact.

Can I access the site?

Logged-in users can access the full SkillsNet site here.


Contact us 

Academic Skills workshops and appointments can be booked by calling:

+44 (0)1962 827341

or by emailing:       

Academic Skills    

SMART Buddies (Academic Skills Mentors)

Study Mentoring

SMART Companions (Academic Skills Mentors for International Students)

SMART Companions