Particularly at the start of the course, but also as you progress, there are various resources that both support the transition from sixth-form to University and remain valuable assets and sources of advice as you develop your study skills across three or more years. During Freshers’ week first years attended sessions based around a Powerpoint slideshow on Study Skills which can be accessed here. Materials and advice were created to help with the transition into study at University for new students. Experience has shown that they remain useful throughout the first year and beyond in helping students to meet the challenges that they face. You should both seek to familiarize yourself with these resources in good time for them to be useful as you begin your course, and you should bear them in mind thereafter.

2.3.1 Cambridge University Skills Portal

The University and the Colleges also offer you a website which is aimed at helping undergraduates make the most of their time at Cambridge. It encourages students to think about their talents and achievements, identify goals, plan for the future, write their CV, and prepare for interviews.  The Skills Portal includes a section specifically about the transition to undergraduate study and ongoing study skills support.

2.3.2 Writing Fellows

In conjunction with Newnham and Lucy Cavendish Colleges, Selwyn enjoys the part-time services of Writing Fellows funded by the Royal Literary Fund. In confidential, one-to-one tutorials, it is the Writing Fellow’s role to assist students with their essay-writing skills. The Writing Fellow in 2018-19 is Mr Christopher Moncrieff (email: Any student wishing to set up one or more sessions with Mr Moncrieff should contact him directly. The support the Writing Fellow provides is not solely intended to help improve academic writing, although that is the major focus of the advice they give. Nor should it be regarded as purely a remedial service. Many students writing at a very sophisticated level also benefit from the extra edge and clarity that the Writing Fellow can help them to achieve in their prose. It is also worth noting that this is not only useful for Arts students: the Writing Fellow is often a scientific author and all can benefit from their advice.

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2.3.3 The Language Centre

The well-equipped Language Centre, located in Downing Place, runs courses in a number of languages. It also incorporates an Independent Learning Centre with audio-visual materials in an unrivalled range of languages. Anyone interested in using these facilities should visit the Enquiry Point located in the Centre. (NB: Those reading Modern Languages or Asian & Middle Eastern Studies are given tours of the Centre as part of their Faculty’s induction process.) Where the Centre charges fees for some of its courses students become eligible for a 50% reimbursement of course fees on production of the receipt and a copy of the certificate issued by the Language Centre to the Tutorial Office Manager.

You might begin by visiting the Centre’s website at:

The Language Centre also provides on-line language learning materials for University of Cambridge users. Resources include audios, videos, text, image and interactive exercises in a range of languages.  There is an online catalogue of resources.

NB: This site is only accessible from computers connected to the University network.

The University is committed to a policy of ‘languages for all’.  In addition to the Language Centre there are also other possibilities for language learning as part of your course. Consult your Director of Studies to check whether your course is one of those.