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One-to-One Tutorials

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Undergraduate and Taught Masters students:

Need some help writing your essay or dissertation? Want to get a second opinion on your writing style from a PhD student? Come along to a one-to-one tutorial and have your questions answered. 

Topics covered include:

  • how to approach essay questions
  • planning your essay or dissertation
  • organising your ideas and arguments
  • using the correct tone and academic language
  • how to reference correctly and avoiding plagiarism

Each tutorial lasts 30 minutes (45 minutes during the summer months for the Taught Masters dissertation) and are given by PhD students. These tutorials can be booked by coming into the Academic Development Directorate (formerly the LTU, located in room RG01, opposite the main staircase) in person with a £5 returnable deposit.

We are also happy to offer 1-1 tutorials via Skype to SOAS students who are writing their essays or dissertations from another country.

To get the most out of these tutorials, students should send some old or new written work, even if it is in the planning or draft stages, to add@soas.ac.uk a minimum of two working days before the tutorial. 

You should also identify the key issues and problems or specific questions that you wish to discuss with your tutor when you email your work as this will give the tutor time to prepare and ensure a more focused and productive tutorial. It is not possible for tutors to read essays during the tutorial and give feedback.

Please note

This is not a proofreading service. Tutors are unable to correct English language, grammar or spelling, nor can they assist you with essay content. For that reason your tutor may be from any field of study and are not matched to your own subject area.

It is not possible for students to use this service on a regular basis, although some follow-up sessions may be booked. 

If you need to cancel a tutorial for any reason, this must be done no fewer than two working days in advance or you will lose your £5 deposit.

Due to high demand, each student is limited to three 1:1 sessions each term.