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Study Skills Support

St Hugh’s has a dedicated Learning Development and Support Tutor, Emma Kavanagh, who currently works in College on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays during term time.

With a broad programme of support, all students at St Hugh’s can access services throughout the academic year that will equip them with the skills they need to succeed in their studies. St Hugh’s students can get in contact with the Learning Development and Support Tutor at

“At St Hugh’s, my job is to ensure that students are equipped with the skills they need to succeed during their time at Oxford.
 I work with students across the College — from freshers to postgrads — to offer support throughout the academic year.”

— Emma Kavanagh, Learning Development and Support Tutor

Study Skills Support Programme

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St Hugh’s Study Hacks

St Hugh’s Study Hacks is a fortnightly seminar series, running on Mondays in term time in the Maplethorpe Office, 14:30–15:30. These workshops show students how to use their time and resources effectively to make the most of their studies at Oxford. Click here to see the timetable for Michaelmas 2022.

St Hugh’s Writing Programme

The St Hugh’s Writing Programme is a mini-module for undergraduates who want to improve their academic writing. Over four sessions, this course covers the fundamentals – from finding an argument to proper referencing practice – in a friendly and collaborative class environment.

The Writing Programme runs twice a term, and is open to undergraduates across all subjects. Enrolment will be advertised to students and tutors by email.

1:1 Study Support Appointments

Bookable 1:1 appointments are available on Tuesday afternoons 2.00pm-5pm during term time with the Learning Development and Support Tutor. These meetings can address a number of topics, including:

  • Time management
  • Planning and prioritising
  • Note-taking
  • Academic writing
  • Referencing and bibliographies
  • Revision/exam technique

St Hugh’s students can book an appointment by emailing Group sessions for subject cohorts are also available by prior arrangement with Organising Tutors.

Shut Up and Work!

Overwhelming to-do list? Lacking motivation? Just need somewhere quiet to work with others? Then come along to Shut Up and Work!

Supervised by the Learning Development and Support Tutor, Shut Up and Work! uses the Pomodoro Technique of timed study sessions to boost focus and productivity. The concept is simple: come along, bring something to do, and get to work!

Shut Up and Work! takes place on Wednesday mornings in term time in the Dobbs Room 2 (upstairs in the Main Building), 10:00–12:30. These sessions are open to all at St Hugh’s: undergraduates, postgraduates, and academics. Refreshments are provided in the breaks.