Katie White - Staff Profile

We love that AECC University College is such a close-knit community, so we’d like to introduce you to some of the support staff who are here to help you during your time at AECC University College.

Introducing…Katie White, our English Tutor for Academic Purposes from our Student Services Team:

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your role?

 “My name is Katie White and my role is EAP tutor, which is English for Academic Purposes. I support all students, whether it’s in language or essay writing.

“Sometimes students bring their essays to the tutorial and we do one-to-one support. These are usually about an hour long and the student will come with their work, or they might want to talk about other study issues like time management, motivation or revision skills.

“As well as that, I also teach on the MChiro Gateway course on the academic study module. I also run workshops on academic skills and how to write particular types of essay, like lab reports.”

How long have you been working here?

“I started in 2017, so I've been here for a few years now - I love every part of it.”  

How do you support new students?

“If students are struggling or need any extra help with their studies, then they can come to us. So often it will be an essay that they're writing, and if they are not a non-native speaker, they may want help with their language or their grammar, but sometimes they just want another person to read their work and to bounce ideas off.

“As well as that, some students come because they just need some guidance on how to study - such as how do I approach my studies or how can I catch up if I’ve fallen a bit behind? We can offer practical advice too.”

Where can students find you on campus?

“We are based in Cavendish House on the top floor, so you have to do some exercise and walk up the steps. It’s worth the steps though!”

Do you offer an online service?

“Yes. If students prefer to have an online appointment that’s completely fine. A lot of students feel more comfortable in their own home when reaching out to Student Services, rather than sitting in an office, so that option is definitely available to them too. If you do have any questions, please email StudentServices@aecc.ac.uk and we will be more than happy to help.”

Do you have any top tips for our new starters?

“The first one would be establishing your routine early. Have some kind of weekly or monthly timetable or time planner. Plan in each lecture and workshop, and what you need to prepare beforehand. I would suggest you do some consolidation after each lecture. You want to hit the ground running so this is the best way to do that.

“The second top tip would be seeking support if you think you need it. If you do need support, do it early. This could be support from study skills, or wellbeing or counselling. Also, seek support from your tutor. If you don't understand something, ask a question in the lecture or workshop, send an email after or find them in their office.

“The third one is about reflecting on how you learn. Don’t be scared to try new things. If you think a strategy is not working for you, then try something different. For example, use flashcards instead of writing notes, put things up on your wall at home as a constant reference or form a study group to explore group study - try different things to aid your learning.”

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