8 October 2021
As a postgraduate student, university can sometimes be challenging. Luckily, at ARU there are many places where students can go to receive support in both their studies, and student life.
As a student, you will automatically be assigned a personal tutor when you join. For me, my personal tutor is my course leader, but for others it may be a module leader from their course. Personal tutors are there to support you in your time as a student, and you can contact them about your studies, or any issues you’re having in your student life. They often have office hours where you can go and see them in person, or you can contact them online via Teams or email.
Many people think their lecturers are only here to teach us in lesson time, and then that’s it. But the truth is, most lecturers will happily speak to their students in office hours about anything concerning you in your module. There have been times where I have been struggling with assignments, or just had a quick query about a lecture topic, and my lecturers have always been so helpful in responding to emails, and setting up meetings if necessary.
The librarians at ARU are helpful and welcoming, and each faculty has various subject librarians to help no matter what course you are on. They run sessions related to referencing, and can help you navigate the library, both on-campus and online.
In your time as a student, there may be times where you need to contact student services. They are a fantastic team that help in so many various ways, and are made up of various teams such as: disability and dyslexia team, health and wellbeing team, money advice, employability team and Study Skills Plus.
I have used multiple of these services in my time at ARU, and they have been really beneficial to my studies, not only helping push up my grades, but also helping with things such as time management and wellbeing.
In particular, Study Skills Plus can be really helpful to postgraduate students who have perhaps taken a break from education, offering advice such as academic writing, research and referencing, numeracy skills and more.
Published to mark World Mental Health Day 2021.
Amy studies International Social Welfare and Social Policy in Cambridge. If you're interested in following in her footsteps, book onto an Open Day to find out more about life at ARU – and the support that's on offer to all our students.