Preparing for study

Courses and information to get you ready for University-level study.

Key tasks

Your timetable

Timetables will be available from 20 September for new students, and from 6 September for returning students. You can find your timetable in Blackboard.

When term begins, remember to check your timetable every day, in case of last minute changes or cancellations.

Visit Blackboard

Blackboard is our teaching hub. You'll need it for a lot of things, including:

  • checking your timetable,
  • finding course materials,
  • accessing email and files,
  • getting grades and feedback, and
  • communicating with tutors and other students.

Our Blackboard guide tells you more, and you can access Blackboard through MyHallam as soon as you have enrolled. You will be using it daily, so it's a good idea to sign in and explore before term begins.

We recommend that you use the Google Chrome web browser when accessing Blackboard to ensure all features are available.

Video call software and equipment

Read our guide to video calls before your first week of teaching.

The guide tells you what software you need and how to access it.

It also includes equipment suggestions, and tips on getting the best out of your online sessions.

Download Office365

As a Hallam student you can download Office365 for free.

This gives you access to a range of Microsoft software on your personal device, including Outlook for your University emails and Teams for collaborative work.

We recommend that you check Outlook regularly before you arrive, as we will be sending you reminders about pre-arrival tasks and Welcome Week activities.

Digital skills workshops and drop-ins

The Library runs regular tutorials and drop-in sessions, including training on assistive technology. Visit the digital and technology skills page to see what is on offer and book.

Academic skills

Assess your study skills and build a development plan

More on these topics

Some of these links will take you to other Sheffield Hallam websites. You can use shu.ac.uk/prepare to find you way back to the 'Prepare for university' pages.

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