SOAS University of London

One-to-One Tutorials

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Undergraduate and Taught Masters students:

We provide essay writing and language advising tutorials to undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.

Need some help writing your essay or dissertation? Want to get a second opinion on your writing style from a PhD student? Want some information and strategies on how to approach an exam?

Come along to a one-to-one tutorial to get free individual help and advice where you can have these questions and more answered.

Topics covered include:

  • how to approach essay questions
  • planning, drafting and editing 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 to the Learning and Teaching Development office (located in room RG01, opposite the main staircase) in person with a £5 returnable deposit.

We are also happy to offer one-to-one 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 can send some old or new written work, even if it is only in the planning or draft stages, to ltd@soas.ac.uk a minimum of two working days before the tutorial. 

We would encourage you to 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 tailored to your needs.

Please note:

This is not a proofreading service, however we are able to help you improve your proofreading skills. 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.

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 one-to-one sessions each term. The tutorials are strictly confidential and we only keep records for monitoring purposes.

Language learning support

If you are learning a language at SOAS* we offer a series of workshops, one-to-one tutorials and online resources to help you develop your language learning skills. Come along to a one-to-one language advising tutorial to get free individual help and advice where you can have your questions answered. Topics covered include:

  • Tips for learning vocabulary in another language
  • Strategies for becoming a more independent language learner
  • Advice on coping with grammar
  • Information on keeping yourself motivated
  • Ideas for coping with different scripts
  • Techniques for keeping a conversation going

We are also happy to offer language advising tutorials via Skype to SOAS students who are abroad.

*Please note that this support is not intended for students learning English