Specialist dyslexia/SpLD tutorial service

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

In person SpLD Service tutorials are temporarily suspended at present due to current measures to manage the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In response to this we have now set up online tutorial sessions where you can work with your tutor using an online platform such as Google hangouts, or Skype.

To make an appointment, please contact your tutor directly. If you have any problems, or cannot remember your tutor, please contact Victoria Mann on: v.e.mann@sheffield.ac.uk

SpLD Tutorial ServiceThis is a one‐to‐one specialist tutorial service for students who have a formal identification of a specific learning difference, like dyslexia. Students who use this service may come from any department, and any type of course offered by The University of Sheffield.

The service is provided by specialist tutors from the English Language Teaching Centre in close connection with Disability and Dyslexia Support.

What happens in the sessions?

One‐to‐one support sessions provide a safe environment where the student and tutor work in partnership to identify and build upon the student’s strengths, to improve academic literacy, and develop skills and strategies to help the student to cope with any study difficulties they experience. The content of the session is student driven and flexible. The student will see the same tutor for every session where possible. Sessions may cover a number of different areas:

• Time-management and organisation • Research skills
• Developing ideas • Note-taking
• Writing: composition, accuracy, expression, structure • Reading
• Planning • Communication
• Memory and revision • Academic confidence
• Grammar and punctuation

For information about applying for funding and eligibility for this one‐to‐one service, students should visit Disability and Dyslexia Support located in the Alfred Denny Building, or visit their web‐pages:


If you want to find out more about the tutorial service, please contact Victoria Mann, v.e.mann@sheffield.ac.uk 0114 222 1787

Latest News

The team are celebrating our award winners, Emma Tudhope and Chris Webb who both won in their categories at the Sheffield Students' Union Academic Awards 2019, shortlisted from 546 nominations.

Emma with ELTC DIrector, Richard Simpson.Emma won the Most Supportive Non-Academic Staff Member: A non-academic staff member whose work has actively supported students through their university journey, for their wellbeing or academic studies. Emma plays a critical role in the daily support of students with specific learning differences in her role as a SpLD tutor. Taking time to get to know and understand student concerns effectively, Emma helps them reflect on how they have developed and move from strength to strength. Often seen as a role model to those who attend sessions, Emma is an example of the provision that goes into helping students make the most of their time at Sheffield.

Pictured: Emma with ELTC Director, Richard Simpson

Chris receiving her award from Deputy Vice President for Education, Professor Brendan StoneChris won the Student Futures Award: A staff member who has gone beyond their role to create opportunities for students to develop or reflect on academic or extracurricular experiences. Or who motivates and develops other staff to support students futures by providing relevant advice and guidance. Chris provides tailored support to students with specific learning differences, helping them to develop employability skills and reflect on their time at the university. This has lead to the creation of a magazine, The SpLD Times, on the subject of specific learning differences and the barriers students face. Chris was there to help students develop the project throughout.

Pictured: Chris receiving her award from Deputy Vice President for Education, Professor Brendan Stone

Study Skills Support for Dyslexic Students

These study skills materials have been developed specifically for students with dyslexia. However, anyone needing help with their study skills may also find them useful.

Online Study Skills materials

How2 Study Skills: appointments and group workshops

Bookable appointments:   If you are waiting for a full needs assessment or diagnostic assessment, you can also book a How2 study skills appointment where we offer 30 minute appointments with a Specialist tutor.
During your appointment you can focus on a topic of your choice which may include writing skills, reading skills, organising and managing your time, academic confidence or talking about SpLD/dyslexia. 

Please click on book a HOW 2 appointment:

The appointments take place at the 301 Student Skills and Development Centre located at 301 Glossop Road.

How2 group workshops: There are no workshops planned at the moment.  

Preparing for lectures and seminars  - 11th Nov 2019, 5pm-6.30pm, (limited to 12 places)

  • Getting to grips with your assignments - 18th Nov 2019, 5pm-6.30pm, (limited to 12 places)
  • Academic writing style - 25th Nov 2019, 5pm-6.30pm, (not available)
  • Time management - 2nd Dec 2019, 5pm-6.30pm, (not available)
  • How to prepare for revision and exams - 9th Dec 2019, 5pm-6.30pm, (limited to 12 places)