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Academic & Careers Support
STUDY SKILLS 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.
Our tutor, Dr Margaret Coombe, runs the Oxford Study Skills Centre and offers individual or group sessions to Pembroke students. Ask your tutor to refer you to the Academic Office if you think it would help you. Most sessions are held up at Lady Margaret Hall in North Oxford and are an hour long.
Dr Coombe has produced a Revision Planning for Finalists document to help you produce a personal schedule (single-sign on needed to access document). It is also helpful for any student facing exams.
The University website also has various helpful resources. Its 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 some general revision tips.
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.
Students who feel they need welfare support from members of the College can visit our Academic Support Welfare page for contact details.
A full list of College members able to offer Welfare support is available on the Welfare People page.
ANNUAL CAREERS FEST
Each February, our Alumni Relations and Planning Manager organises a careers event at Pembroke where current students can connect with alumni (former students).
Around 14 alumni are invited each year from a variety of sectors to come and meet students for one-on-one drop in sessions.
These events are organised in conjunction with undergraduate representatives, to take into account current students’ interests and preferences.
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.
If they wish to be paired with an alumni from a particular sector, students can contact the Development Office for more information.
Our students are invited to come and listen to a panel of Pembroke alumni and other guests from a big variety of sectors, from finance and media to charities and consulting.
Tri-Innovate is a collaborative initiative between Wolfson, Hertford and Pembroke Colleges, giving students the chance to develop their business ideas into reality by pitching them to a panel of judges for a prize and for future mentoring.