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Academic consultations

Types of consultations

Short consultations: online drop-in sessions (Mon, Wed, Fri)

If you have a quick question that you would like to ask an Academic, you can drop in to one of our online sessions via the Learning Co-Op website.

These will be short consultations. If needed, you may be encouraged to book an extended consultation.  

Extended consultations by appointment only (Mon to Fri. Up to 1 hour max.)

Students from all campuses can register for a free consultation with an academic on assignment writing, English language, research writing and maths.

To register for extended consultations:

Meet our Learning Developers


David is a mathematician and assists students across all faculties with their maths and stats skills, working with primary educators, business students, engineers, mathematicians and others. He has a PhD in geometric analysis and will talk to you at length about moving surfaces if allowed. David is available for consultations.

Mathematician David


Leonie has a background in creative arts, humanities, science and education, with further experience supporting students from law, nursing and social work. She works with students at all levels of study. Working with students to develop their academic writing and all aspects of their study is her favourite part of her job.Leonie is available for consultations and you might also find her in the drop-ins.



Russell gains satisfaction from working with students, of all levels and standards, to help them achieve better results. He is down-to-earth, with a warm and welcoming personality and wide experience across disciplines.

Profile photo Russell Walton


Catriona’s academic background is in applied linguistics and English language teaching. One-on-one, she works with students from all disciplines and at all levels of study, from undergraduate to HDR. She has particular experience teaching undergraduate and postgraduate Engineering students to develop and improve their academic and research communication skills. Catriona is currently studying Italian online, so has a great appreciation of how lonely remote study can seem! She is available for booked appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays and (occasionally) Wednesdays and you might also find her in the drop-ins.

What can I expect from a consultation?

Assignment writing

Students requiring high level advice on disciplinary assignments can access a consultation with an academic language and learning lecturer. Please note that consultations cannot be used for proof reading or editing assignments. Consultations may only be used to receive feedback in your written work and learn how to develop independent strategies for improving your study and writing.

The assignment writing consultants can help you with:

  • Interpreting complex assignment questions
  • Developing a research and writing plan
  • Advice on writing effective assignments
  • Help with analysing and producing disciplinary language
  • Selecting and using appropriate referencing styles

English language

  • Feedback on your English language expression in assignments
  • Help developing strategies for improving your comprehension of course material
  •  Help developing language learning strategies to improve your proficiency in English

Library (available for postgraduate, PhD and honours students)

  • Exploring specific information needs
  • Accessing relevant resources for your assessments
  • Managing your references

Mathematics and statistics

  • Help revising topics or studying new ones
  • Assistance in working through exercise sheets
  • Improving problem solving and revision skills
  • Individual or small group consultations for students
  • Specialist statistics lecturer

Register for a consultation

To register for a consultation, please complete the below:


What happens next?

Once you have registered, information will be sent to your email to enable you to join the meeting with the Academic at the scheduled time.

Consultations will be conducted through a variety of mediums such as Webex Meetings, Zoom Video Conferencing, Zoom Meetings, Skype, Email or Phone. You will be asked to nominate your preference when you register to enable us to provide a service tailored to your needs.

For more information on how Webex and Zoom meetings operate click on the link below. You will not be required to download Zoom or Webex to your computer to be part of a consultation.