Life Sciences student in the lab

At Imperial we’ll encourage you to push the boundaries of your knowledge and use your talents in new and different ways. To help smooth the transition to university study, we’ve got a comprehensive network of academic support in place so you know that there will always be help on hand if you need it.

Study skills

Our online Success Guide brings together a range of hints, tips and advice on everything from effective study to health and wellbeing. Different sections of the guide are designed to be useful at different points during the year.

For face-to-face tuition regular training sessions are available in the Central Library to develop your academic reading, writing and note-taking skills.

Personal tutor

Every undergraduate student is assigned a personal tutor from amongst the academic staff within their department. The role of your tutor is to encourage you to seek out opportunities and make choices that will support your academic and personal development.

Your tutor will schedule regular meetings with you to monitor your academic performance and provide feedback and guidance; you’re also encouraged to seek their advice whenever you need it, including on personal issues.

Subject librarians

We have subject librarians for every department who can offer expert advice on finding resources for your subject area and help with using the Library’s collection of e-journals and e-books.

English for international students

For students whose first language is not English, the Centre for Academic English offers free in-sessional courses, workshops, one-to-one consultations and self-study resources to develop academic language skills and literacy, as well as classes focused on social English.

Disabilities and specific learning difficulties

Every department has a Disability Support Officer who is the first point of contact for students with a disability, specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, or enduring health or mental health issue. Where appropriate, they can apply for special exam arrangements on your behalf and will facilitate other forms of support within the department.

Additional support is also available from the College’s Disability Advisory Service.