Transition to Independent Learning
One of the biggest changes you may encounter at university is a transition from the structure of school lessons to a more independent style of learning. You will be able to access plenty of services and support to develop independent learning skills throughout your studies, which you will be introduced to during Induction week.
Your teaching will generally be made up of:
What type of Academic Support in the School is there?
You will be assigned to a Personal Tutor who will be an academic member of staff and will contact you during Induction week. Your tutor is there to answer academic related questions and you can make them aware of any personal issues affecting your studies; they can direct you to the right person or service for help, if needed.
Rachel is our Statistics and Mathematics Tutor. She is available to help with Statistics, Maths, Excel, Data handling and problem solving. A large range of resources are also available on the VLE. Rachel can be contacted by email to arrange an appointment r.m.homer(at)leeds.ac.uk She can also arrange workshops on particular topics if there are several students requiring help. She is located in School of Geography, Manton Building, Level 10, Room 10.144
Emily is available for friendly and confidential advice, on either Tuesday or Thursday between 9 – 3.30 (bookable appointments) for all students who might have queries and/or problems relating to any practical aspect of writing: style, essay structure, clarity, readability etc. She is located in School of Geography, Garstang Building, Level 10, Room 10.127.
What types of learning support does the University offer?
The library offers an excellent range of services including for academic skills, assignments, revision and exams and help in person.
'Whatever your disability, we can provide general and condition-specific support to meet your needs while you’re a student at Leeds.' Please contact our the Student Support Officer in Geography, Claire Gorner claire.gorner(at)leeds.ac.uk if you have any questions.
Difficulties or concerns?
If you’re worried about anything when you arrive, for example with the course, making friends or accommodation you can speak confidentially with the School Support Officer, Claire Gorner who you will be introduced to in first welcome talk.
Dates for your diary!
BSc students (including Joint Honours and Geography-Geology) attend a four night residential field class at Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales. This is a great opportunity for you to get to know fellow students and staff - further information will be provided in Induction Week.
BA students will attend a Leeds-based field day in October.
These fieldtrips are a great opportunity for you to get to know fellow students and staff.
What is GeogSoc?
This is the Geography Student Society which arranges events for geography students throughout the year. Many events are social and provide a meeting point for students within the School. Sometimes academic related events take place, such as a book sale or debate. The end of year ball is the highlight of the GeogSoc calendar and is attended by students and some staff. GeogSoc is one of the LUU societies and operates within LUU guidelines and with Union support
How can I get involved in University and School activities?
There are lots of ways you can support the University and School. Roles include:
Course Rep recruitment will begin in September 2016. If you are interested in any of the above positions please contact Natalie Ania - n.c.ania(at)leeds.ac.uk
There will be many more opportunities and roles available, which you will be contacted about during the course of the year.
Interested in applying for a Year in Industry or a Year Abroad?
If you'd like to think ahead and see what you could be doing after your degree, take a look at our alumni profiles!
How to find us?
The SES team is based in room 7.35. First office immediately on your right from the main School of Geography entrance.