Balliol undergraduates have access to a variety of academic support. First and foremost are their Tutors and Personal Tutors.
The College Library has a wide selection of reading material dedicated to study skills: the Study Skills and Well-Being section, housed on a small bookcase in the Library Foyer, covers topics such as referencing, essay-writing, exam techniques, time management and dealing with stress. The Library is happy to buy in books requested by students for their studies. The Library can also provide tailored study skills sessions individually or for groups, and regularly provides teaching sessions on thesis preparations, referencing and plagiarism, using SOLO, and using historic materials.
Tutors may recommend that their students be directed to subject-specific tutor-mentors from the Balliol graduate community. And undergraduates may also be referred or refer themselves directly to one of the two graduate Study Advisers the College has appointed (below). In addition, subject to assessment, the University’s Disability Advisory Service is able to put specialist support in place.
Our trained Study Advisers can help you to make good use of the written feedback received on submitted work and to develop general study skills, such as time management, study approaches, problem-solving, structuring of essays.