Frequently asked questions

You are allowed one appointment per week.  This is to avoid block-bookings preventing other students accessing appointments and to make sure all students who want an appointment have the opportunity to be seen at least once. 

You can find the USW Guide to Harvard Referencing online so that you can download/print off a copy. 

The guide is not available in hard copy as a free handout due to its size.  If you need to reference a source which the guide doesn’t give an example for we recommend you consult the following publication, on which the USW guide is based: 

Pears and Shields (2010) Cite them right: The essential referencing guide. 8th edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

This publication is available in the library, and there are also copies in each of our centres, which you are welcome to look at but they cannot be removed from the Centre. 

The short answer is no, we do not offer a proofreading service.  Our aim as a service is to provide support which will enable you to develop your skills, not to take your work and correct it for you.  We believe that the best way for you to learn is to be active in the process of proof-reading and editing your own work.  Therefore we are willing to highlight grammatical errors in your work, and demonstrate how to write in an appropriate academic style, but the editing is ultimately your own work and your responsibility.

Yes, you can, but if there are more than two of you please email studyskills@southwales.ac.uk to let us know; space is limited in the centres so we try to book a room for group tutorials. NB: group tutorials are suitable for discussing group projects, presentations or assignment requirements, for example general referencing, but not suitable for looking at each student’s individual work.