Academic Language Support Service

Preparation for Academic Study (Summer Course)

preparation for academic study course

An Introduction to the Preparation for Academic Study Course

The Preparation for Academic Study Course is for prospective students who have already met their English language requirements for their degree programme but still wish to further develop their study skills and academic English. If you are a current student, please check the support available here.

This course is designed for students who:

  • do not speak English as their first language
  • have already met the minimum English language entry requirements
  • have received an unconditional offer from the University
  • want time to make the transition to studying within a UK university
  • want to develop their academic English language in a supportive environment
  • want to practise the most important academic skills and receive constructive feedback
  • want to socialise and make friends before their degree programmes start
  • want to get to know the campus and town before they start their course.

Please note this course is not suitable for native speakers of English.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, successful students should be better able to:

  • select a topic and develop a thesis question / statement;
  • read more effectively by using multiple reading strategies for different purposes (prediction, skimming, scanning);
  • critically analyse texts for meaning and inference;
  • take effective notes from written sources;
  • make effective notes from lectures;
  • use an appropriate style and level of formality in writing;
  • research effectively;
  • use correct referencing conventions when using information from source materials;
  • compile a bibliography/reference list;
  • exploit sources (summarising, quoting, paraphrasing);
  • analyse assignment/essay titles;
  • demonstrate an ability to plan and write a literature review;
  • use appropriate strategies for revising, editing and proof reading;
  • function within a variety of speaking situations in an academic context, including seminar discussions and tutorials;
  • deliver a short presentation.

Teaching and Learning

Students receive:

  • Approximately 16 hours of face-to-face tuition a week
  • Guidance on independent learning tasks, on which they are expected to spend approximately ten hours per week
  • Help with key academic skills, including:
    • Locating research sources efficiently
    • Combining and referencing sources effectively
    • Avoiding plagiarism
    • Becoming familiar with the purpose and structure of academic journals
    • Note-taking techniques
    • Presentation skills
  • A lecture given by a Loughborough University lecturer to help develop listening and note-taking skills
  • Training on how to use the library effectively
  • Experience of working individually and in small groups
  • The opportunity for a one-to-one session with their teacher
  • Feedback on their academic writing to help them improve.