Kim Honor - 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…Kim Honor, our Study Skills Tutor from the Student Services Team:
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do in your role?
“I am part of the Student Services Team and am a Study Skills Tutor. I’m available to support all students with the academic side of their studies. I typically help with things like time management, organisation and structuring essays, making sure that written work is written in the style that it needs to be and is accurate. I’ve also helped out with group presentations by being a ‘critical friend’ and providing early feedback before the actual event. Students can also come to me for help with revision strategies or different ways of doing tasks. I can help with anything study-related.”
How long have you been working here?
“I'm about to start my 4th year. I was a secondary school and sixth form college teacher before I started at AECC University College but I had a break to have my children. Working here is taking me in a new direction.”
Do you enjoy what you do now?
“Yes, I really like it. I feel like it's all the best bits of teaching because I do get the impression it makes a difference to people, and the students I meet are all lovely, so it's a real pleasure. It's hard work sometimes, but I do feel very lucky and as a team we work really well together.”
How do you support new students?
“Students are always welcome to pop into the Student Services office and say hello, make an appointment, or email StudentServices@aecc.ac.uk with any questions. We are very happy to help where we can or just have a chat.”
Where can students currently find you on campus?
“We are in Cavendish House on the top floor. You can also email the team. We are offering both face-to-face and online appointments this year.”
Do you have any top tips for new starters?
“Primarily, just take your time to start with and be patient with yourself - nobody expects you to come knowing everything. If you knew everything about your core subject before you started, you wouldn't need to do the course. Expect to learn things and for there to be a process of development.
“Get a diary, whether it's a digital diary or it's a paper diary, make sure you get one and you use it. For a lot of students, it's the first time that they'll be truly independent. I do want to make it clear, however, that just because you're independent, it doesn't mean that you're on your own; there are lots of places to go for help and Student Services is one of them.”