Frequently asked questions
Listed below are common queries that students have about what support LSAs provide, to whom and in what areas.
LSAs understand precisely what learning at university is all about. So, we can work with you to set up a study schedule, guide you through your first assignment and assist you to build the various skills required to complete your essays, reports or whatever assignment structure you need to apply.
Many of our LSAs have both post-graduate qualifications and experience to assist research students with various stages of the research process from writing a literature review to preparing for publication. In particular, we offer strategies to help you improve your writing skills for producing a successful thesis. But, we cannot proofread or edit your writing or the final thesis. Our goals are only to help you develop the skills required to become an independent researcher.
LSAs can assist you with the whole essay writing process from interpreting your topic through to creating a reference list or bibliography. We specialise in helping students structure their assignments by providing strategies for how to manage the information and ideas and organise them logically into an academic piece of writing.
English is not my first language and I have some problems with English grammar. A LSA can help me by…
Most of our LSAs have a background in teaching English as a second language, so we understand all about grammar and the specific challenges faced by students from various language groups. We can assist you to develop greater fluency in English by working with you to identify some of the gaps in your grammar knowledge and provide resources and advice to help you to improve your written and spoken expression.
LSAs understand very well that coming back to study after many years can be daunting. If you are a mature-age student, you may find that the technology and systems in place for learning have changed considerably. We can assist you to navigate your way through these new approaches to learning and teaching, manage your expectations and help you to build the confidence to become an independent learner at university.
Time management is the number one issue for most students. LSAs can help you prioritise and develop strategies to manage your workload at university. This can be done by managing your expectations of university study and identifying what demands you are likely to have on your time.
The ultimate goal of a LSA is to help students to become independent learners. So, the focus of our consultations is to identify which skills you need help with and provide advice and resources so that you can build those skills. If your goal is to improve your general sentence construction, you can expect a follow-up appointment with you to make sure that you have time to practice your writing skills and receive further feedback.
We can offer you feedback on where you need to improve and provide you with lots of resources to help you edit and proofread your own work, but we cannot 'correct' your assignment for you. This is a skill you need to learn for yourself and we can help you develop that skill.
We prefer for you to bring along any written work in hard copy, which allows us to write comments and suggestions that you can take away and learn from. Also, make sure you bring along the assignment topic and the criteria, so we can advise you correctly.
Yes! If you decide to make an appointment the day before an assignment is due, there is probably little that we can do to help you obtain the best marks. It is ideal to meet with a LSA at least one week before the due date, so that you have time to implement the suggestions we make and make sufficient improvements to achieve great results for your assignment.