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Academic & Careers Support
Sometimes you need to change the way you work – rather than how much you work – in order to succeed in your studies. Sessions with a Study Skills tutor can introduce you to techniques and strategies to help you learn more effectively. Topics include revision planning and exam technique, but also time management, critical thinking, note-taking, writing skills and essay writing, among others.
We now employ two Study Skills tutors, trained by the Oxford Study Skills Centre, who can hold tailored one-to-one sessions for students in College. Dr Dyedra Morrissey sees Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences students and Dr Rob McMahon sees Humanities students. Sessions are held in College and you can arrange an appointment time to suit.
Dr Margaret Coombe, who runs the Oxford Study Skills Centre, will also be available to offer specialist help to groups or individuals.
If you think you would benefit, then please ask your academic tutor to refer you to the Academic Office. A study skills tutor will see you for an initial 30-minute meeting to assess your needs and then plan a course of action.
Study skills videos
Our tutors have made a series of short videos to help students with common problems. Topics include essay writing, problem sheets, work habits and note-taking. These are available on the intranet under the Academic Support page. (Please make sure you are logged into the Intranet first, before clicking on this link.)
Resources from the Oxford Study Skills Centre:
Revision planning for exams following a term for revision (e.g. most FHS exams)
Revision planning for exams without a full term for revision (e.g. most prelims)
General exam tips
Answering the question in exams, collections, and tutorial essays
Taking notes from written materials
Resources from the University
The University page on Study Skills and Training has tips and videos on topics including revision, managing your workload, and avoiding plagiarism.
The page on Revision and Examinations offers the chance to book tailored sessions to help with specific issues. These include workshops on overcoming exam anxiety, seminars on exam preparation, mock exams, and exam orientation sessions.
There are also helpful podcasts on academic topics produced by the University’s Counselling Service.
If you are worried about sitting exams more generally, please do check out our Exams Guide on the intranet for everything you need to know.
JCR / MCR MENTORING SCHEME
The Pembroke College JCR / MCR Mentoring Scheme pairs members of the MCR with JCR students to offer academic guidance.
The function of the scheme is a facilitative one; participating graduates are not here to 'give the answers', but rather guide undergraduates towards solutions themselves.
For example, graduates might act as chairs of small discussion groups with a view to lend their own expertise and experience where appropriate. Undergraduates will benefit from exploring their studies through the eyes of those who have made the transition to graduate study and hopefully from applying fresh outlooks in preparing their own work.
More information is available to current students on the intranet.
OXFORD UNIVERSITY CAREERS SERVICE
The University of Oxford has a highly valuable Careers Service offering an internship programme, careers network, interview database, careers fairs, and advice appointments with careers advisers.
The Careers Service is located at 56 Banbury Road and it is open every weekday.
For more information about the Careers Service or to book an appointment with an adviser, visit their website or call 01865 274646.
ALUMNI TO STUDENT MATCHING
Pembroke alumni are often willing to discuss career opportunities with current students. In order to facilitate this, The Development Office have created a Linkedin Group to allow alumni and students to easily connect with those who are able to offer them support. If you cannot find someone in your particular sector, please contact The Development Office and we will try our best to find you a suitable match.