The Learning Development Centre is available to any student on any course at GCU London. The Centre is staffed by Dr Jessica Hancock, a lecturer in Academic Development. Jessica works with the other GCU London lecturers and can help you to understand and fulfil the academic requirements of your course through appointments, online information, workshops and module-based teaching.
Jessica can support you in developing the skills to succeed on your course, including:
- writing in an academic style
- planning, structuring and editing your written work
- tackling your reading list and using this information in your writing
- analysing rather than describing research
- making the most of feedback
- presentation and group work skills
- organising and planning your workload
- effective revision techniques and exam preparation.
Jessica is here to help all students, of any current level of ability, to improve their work: whether you want to achieve a distinction or pass a re-sit.
Thirty-minute, face-to-face appointments can be booked online. Please do not book more than one per week, so that as many students as possible can access appointments. This will also allow you time to implement Jessica’s suggestions. Similarly, please ensure that your appointment is at least two days before your deadline.
Please bring a printed copy of your assignment draft or plan, along with the guidance you have been given (e.g. the module guide). If the assignment has been marked, please also bring a copy of the feedback you’ve had.
If you would prefer to receive written feedback, you can email your work to Jessica. Jessica can only look at about 500 words of each assignment in detail, so please let her know which part she should focus on if you send more than this. Please also provide the full title of the assignment, and send any guidance you have been given (e.g. the module guide).
You can also email your work to Jessica if you would like her to look at it before a face-to-face appointment. Please send it at least one full working day in advance (e.g. by 2pm on Tuesday if your appointment is at 2pm on Wednesday).
There is a GCU London Academic Development community on GCU Learn which all London students have been enrolled in. This has several online courses to work through, to develop your abilities to be critical and to plan and organise your writing, and other useful links and resources.
Jessica teaches a series of workshops on improving your writing and editing skills which are open to all GCU students (see the Development Workshop Calendar), and may also teach sessions as part of your course.
Jessica cannot provide advice about the content of your work; these questions need to be answered by your subject lecturer. Jessica will not proofread your work (e.g. checking for spelling and grammar errors, or providing detailed advice on a whole essay) as her role is to enable you to develop the ability to edit and improve your own assignments.
- GCU academic development advice – information about academic writing, reading, referencing and presentations
- Academic phrasebank – examples of academic writing which you can use in your own work
- The (International) Student Lifecycle (HE Academy) – information about what to expect from a UK Higher Education course