One-to-one sessions

LSE LIFE Study Advisers

You may want to have a one-to-one session with one of our study advisers. They can help you with reading, making notes, writing, research, exam revision, and other study-related tasks or questions. These 30-minute sessions take place in LSE LIFE Workspace 1. A meeting room is available on request if you would prefer to discuss your question in private.

If you come to LSE LIFE for a booked one-to-one session, let the person at the LSE LIFE reception desk know you are there for your appointment and he/she will direct you to your study adviser.

Study advisers can help with work such as understanding the essay question/topic, planning an essay, developing the structure of a piece of writing in the early stages. However, they will not be able to provide much support with last-minute requests. Please note that proof-reading is not part of the LSE LIFE offer. For information about proof-reading, please visit the Language Centre website

Sessions are available every day, 10am - 6pm. 
Book a session with an LSE LIFE Study Adviser on LSE for You.

English for Academic Purposes teachers

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) teachers can help you master the main principles and nuances of the English language for both speaking and writing. This might include feedback on part of a draft essay or a presentation you are preparing to give. Bring along any work you would like to discuss.

Sessions are available every day during term time, 11 - 12pm and 2 - 4pm. 
Book a one-to-one session with an EAP teacher on LSE for You

Royal Literary Fund fellows

The Royal Literary Fund places two Fellows at LSE every year. Whether you are an undergraduate, postgraduate, PhD student, or a member of staff, RLF fellows are here to help you take a close look at your writing and develop your writing process. As published, professional writers, Elanor Dymott and Mirza Waheed, read your text in advance and then meet with you to talk about what you hope to achieve with your writing. This might relate to style, expression, readability, structure, time management, writer’s block—or other ideas or challenges you encounter.  

In order to secure an appointment, you’ll need to send a text of up to 2,000 words the week prior to your appointment. This can be a draft of something you’re currently working on, or an extract from a recent piece of work you’d like some feedback on.  Sessions of up to 50 minutes are offered Monday - Thursday, 10am - 4pm during term time, with a maximum of three sessions available per term. You can get full details and book a session by emailing lselife@lse.ac.uk.

About the fellows

Elanor Dymott

Elanor Dymott is the author of two novels, Every Contact Leaves a Trace (Cape, 2012, and in translation) and Silver and Salt (Cape, 2017). Her novels are published by W.W. Norton in the US, and her short stories are published in Stand, the Warwick Review and Algebra, and in anthologies such as Xo Orpheus (Penguin USA) and Novel of the World (Mondadori, 2015).

Born in Chingola, Zambia, she grew up in the US, the UK and Indonesia. She read English at Oxford while working as a musician, a waitress and a film extra. She went to law school, then practiced commercial law in the City of London and in Southeast Asia, including stints in insurance litigation and corporate finance. In Singapore, she worked in project and asset finance (buying and selling aeroplanes), and commercial litigation. In her late twenties, she took Ian McEwan’s advice that would-be writers should get a job requiring them to write every day, and became a law reporter for the Times and the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting. For a decade she covered the High Court and the Court of Appeal, reporting cases which either changed existing law, made new law or were otherwise noteworthy.

She lives in London, where she is writing more fiction and runs writing workshops. She mentors new novelists and works as a reader and judge for prizes administered by the Society of Authors and the Royal Society of Literature. As often as possible, she swims in the sea off the Peloponnesian coast.

Mirza Waheed

Mirza Waheed was born and brought up in Kashmir. His debut novel, The Collaborator, was an international bestseller, was a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award and the Shakti Bhat Prize, and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. It was selected by Waterstones as part of its big literary debut promotion, ‘Waterstones 11’. It was also a book of the year for The Telegraph, New Statesman, Financial Times, Business Standard and Telegraph India, among others. His latest novel, The Book of Gold Leaves, was published in 2014 to critical acclaim. 

The Book of Gold Leaves was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2016, longlisted for the Folio Prize, and was a finalist for the 2015 Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year (Fiction). 

Mirza has written for the BBC, the Guardian, Granta, Guernica, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times. He lives in London.