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Learning and studying in the UK

You may find that it takes some time for you to adjust to studying in the UK; academic culture and methods of teaching and learning may be different from what you have been used to. Don't worry - there's plenty of support and assistance to help you with this!

Before you arrive

Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are getting ready to come to the UK to study. It contains activity-based learning resources, to help you find out about different aspects of academic life in the UK and the skills needed for effective study. 

Centre for Learning and Study Support

Once you're arrived at DMU, the Centre for Learning and Study Support (CLaSS) provides a range of support to help you develop your academic, writing and professional skills and offer guidance on areas such as self-directed learning, critical thinking, participating in seminars and how to reference sources in your assignments. If you're coming for International Welcome Week in September, CLaSS will usually run an information session for newly-arrived international students.

CLaSS also provide a Proofreading for Grammar Toolkit, which is resouce for students looking to identify and correct grammatical errors in their assignments.

English Language Support

If you're studying full-time at DMU, you can join free English language classes, provided by the Centre for English Langauge Learning. You are entitled to two hours per week if you're an undergraduate or research student, and three hours per week if you're a postgraduate student.

The sessions are taught in a friendly classroom environment, with a 'workshop' atmosphere that includes pair-work and group-work. The sessions are available in the evening and during the day so should not clash with your existing timetable.

Contact Centre for English Language Learning at

Maths Learning Centre

If you would like some extra help with studying any kind of maths or statistics come to the Maths Learning Centre, Kimberlin Library in room 2.10.

Visit one of the Drop-in sessions 12.30pm-14.30pm Mon,Tues,Wed, Thu, Fri and late opening on Wed until 16.30pm during term time and exam time, or email Maths Learning Centre for a one to one appointment.

Other online resources

The UK Council for International Students (UKCISA) also provide guidance on UK academic culture, and on making the most of your lectures, seminars and reading.