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HEDS aims to support the development of confident and independent learners. Our approach:

  • is tailored to the individual learning needs of each student

  • contributes to the development of effective academic skills and study strategies for higher education

  • encourages a reflective approach to learning and study

  • models positive responses to the challenges of dyslexia

 We’ll encourage you to take responsibility for your learning:

  • We’ll work with you to develop your own approaches to learning, and to identify appropriate study skills and strategies at university, drawing on the skills and knowledge you already have and the experience we have in working across disciplines in higher education

We’ll take a pro-active approach:

  • We want you to be able to anticipate where the challenges will be in an assignment, and to know how to respond, so that you can increase your chances of success and reduce assignment stress. Our staff will guide you in analysing your assignment briefs, focussing your time and prioritising what needs doing

We’ll work on your motivation and confidence:

  • We want you to feel confident about assignments, particularly in the first year, so in every tutorial we discuss the assignment, identify the challenges for you and explore possible solutions and creative strategies together

We’ll be flexible:

  • We understand that the demands of your course will change as you progress. At the start of each term we’ll agree the focus of our work together - so that your tutorials are practical and relevant and also so that both you and your tutor can judge how effective they are. But that doesn’t mean we can’t review those goals and try a new direction if it’s necessary. Review and reflection are part of good learning after all

HEDS: Our Philosophy