Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Academic support

Study skills & support with assignments from our library/learning resource centres

The MET's Study Skills Kit is a collection of really useful resources compiled by our Learning Technologists and accessible on Google Site to help you throughout your studies, including guidance on:

  • Note taking
  • Essay writing
  • Academic referencing
  • Effective reading
  • Planning assignments
  • Academic writing
  • Projects and dissertations


Academic research for your dissertation

Our Learning & Research Facilitators are on hand to support you to find resources, both printed and digital, to build a comprehensive reading list of credible academic sources to inform your dissertation and other major projects.

Drop-in sessions with our Additional Learning Support team

We run the following drop-in sessions for students to get additional academic support with:

  • Study skills
  • Dyslexia support
  • Coursework and assignments
  • Revision and exam techniques
  • Planning and organisation
  • Basic computer skills
  • Maths & English
  • English for speakers of other languages

West Durrington Campus
In the seminar room in LRC1 (first floor library), on Mondays & Wednesdays from 12:30pm to 1.30pm.   

Central Brighton Campus 
In the LRC/library, Monday to Friday from 12:30pm to 1.30pm   

Shoreham Airport Campus
In the library on Wednesdays from 12.30pm to 1.30pm   

Broadwater Campus
In the library on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12:30pm to 1.30pm 

Digital resources for academic research

Workshops may be booked on a one-to-one basis or in small groups for using software applications and also for support with researching using the digital resources, referencing, document layout, preparing for electronic submission and hard copy printing.

Systems available in the library and learning resource centres:

ATHENS is an essential academic resource when studying at a higher education level and all students at the MET have free access. Updated daily, this extensive resource is a multi-disciplinary database with full text coverage of almost 4,700 scholarly publications, including full text coverage of over 3,600 peer-reviewed journals dating as far back as 1975. You will need to activate your account and familiarise yourself with the search options, but once you get going it will be invaluable in helping you to succeed in your studies.

GB MET Discovery hosted by EBSCO Discovery Service is used to search all library resources including online databases and allows higher education students to access a wealth of useful academic resources including:

  • Anatomy TV powered by Primal Pictures
  • British Film Institute: BFI InView
  • Cambridge Core, Cambridge University Press
  • Digital Theatre Plus
  • Ebrary
  • Ingenta Connect - scholarly publications
  • JISC MediaHub - academic video, image & audio resource
  • JSTOR - digital library of academic journals, books and primary resources
  • Open Dissertations - electronic theses and dissertations
  • Oxford Journals Archive
  • Rock's Backpages - online access of articles, interviews and reviews from music publications
  • SAE Digital Library - aerospace and automotive technical information
  • Taylor & Francis Online - access to over 1 million journals
  • UK Data Service Dostat Production Server
  • Vogue - Archive of American Vogue from 1892 to date
  • Planet E-Stream gives students access to audio, film and TV broadcasts

Software and digital tools

Each Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is equipped with computers providing access to the internet, MS Office, course-focussed specialised software, and the college's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to support learning and skills development. Additionally, you can use our multi-functional devices for printing, photocopying and scanning. Staff are on hand to support you with using the resources, software, equipment, WiFi and troubleshooting any problems with your log-ins. The software, tools and systems available for academic support include:

  • G Suite for Education Apps: using the Google drive to share documents, sheets and slides; Gmail; calendars; and Google Classroom.
  • Microsoft Office: Excel; Word; PowerPoint and Publisher
  • Read, Write and Gold: introduction to literacy support to help with reading, writing and research.
  • Google Digital Garage: digital marketing online training.
  • Mind Mapping Software to get inspiration and help plan your assignments.
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Linkedin to set up and build a profile for networking and future employability

  Our Learning and Resource Team are also available to deliver group or 1:1 CV writing workshops.