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The Learning Centre and Mathematics Learning Centre offer a range of free workshops to help develop your academic capabilities. There are workshops available for all enrolled students.

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Learning workshops

The Learning Centre runs workshops throughout the year, held on both the Camperdown and Cumberland campuses.

Workshops are intensive two-to-three hour sessions, with some running over several weeks. In these workshops, you'll develop specific areas such as critical reading, research writing or developing an argument.

To get the most out of workshops, bring examples of your work that you can use in the session.

Find out about Mathematics Learning Centre revision workshops.

Workshop timetables

Register for a workshop online from Monday 7 August.

Effective reading and notetaking

Practises basic pre-reading strategies of predicting and skimming different kinds of texts, as well as notetaking strategies.

Duration: 4 hours
Target group: undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students
What to bring: examples of your course readings

Date and location:

  • Thursday 7 and 14 September, 2-4pm (course no. 5442)
    Room 722, Education Bldg (A35)

Introduction to critical reading

Introduces the process of critical thinking and reading, practises strategies for evaluating and asking critical questions about readings.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: undergraduate students - English speaking background
What to bring: examples of your course readings

Date and location:

  • Thursday 24 August, 2–5pm (course no. 5443)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Critical reading of a research article

Covers interpreting and asking critical questions about a text and its subject matter.

Duration: 3 hours 
Target group: senior undergraduate (at least year 3), masters and doctoral students.
What to bring: a journal article from your field of study

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 6 September, 12-3pm (course no. 5445)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Critical thinking

Considers what it means to think critically, offers a step-by-step perspective on critical thinking, includes practice in thinking critically about a text in your own discipline.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: all students
What to bring: a reading (article/book chapter) from a discipline you are studying

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Monday 14 August, 2-5pm (course no. 5447)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)
  • Monday 21 August, 9am-12pm (course no. 5448)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing a critical review on a single text or object

Covers developing and demonstrating a critical perspective in a critical review of a single text (for example, a journal article, artwork, film, lesson, policy, experiment, website). Includes examples, language features and writing practice.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: undergraduate students
What to bring (if possible): the text to be critically reviewed

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Wednesday 23 August, 12-3pm (course no. 5449)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)
  • Monday 28 August, 2-5pm (course no. 5450)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing a critical review on a single text or object (postgraduate)

Covers developing and demonstrating a critical perspective in a critical review of a single text (for example, a journal article, artwork, film, lesson, policy, experiment, website). Includes examples, language features and writing practice.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: masters by coursework students
What to bring (if possible): the text to be critically reviewed

Date and location:

  • Monday 14 August, 2-5pm (course no. 5497)
    Room 459, Education Building (A35)

Writing a critical review on a topic area

Covers developing and demonstrating a critical perspective in a more complex critical review of a debate, methodology, theory, topic area, etc. Includes examples, language features and writing practice.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: senior undergraduate students (at least year 3)
What to bring (if possible): the text to be critically reviewed

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Wednesday 30 August, 12-3pm (course no. 5451)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)
  • Monday 4 September, 2-5pm (course no. 5452)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing a critical review on a topic area (postgraduate)

Covers developing and demonstrating a critical perspective in a more complex critical review of a debate, methodology, theory, topic area, etc. Includes examples, language features and writing practice.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: postgraduate students
What to bring (if possible): the text to be critically reviewed

Date and location:

  • Monday 21 August, 2-5pm (course no. 5498)
    Room 508, Education Building (A35)

Writing in an academic style

Focuses on some of the characteristics of successful academic writing across all disciplines, for example formality, objectivity, conciseness and impersonality.

Duration: 2 hours
Target group: undergraduate and masters by coursework students- English speaking background
What to bring: draft of your current writing

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Friday 25 August, 9-11am (course no. 5453)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)
  • Friday 1 September, 9-11am (course no. 5454)
    Room 418, Education Building (A35)

Clearer writing

Aims to make explicit the linking structures in English which make writing clear and logical and includes writing practice in using these structures.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: undergraduate and masters by coursework students - English speaking background

Date and location:

  • Friday 15 September, 2-5pm (course no. 5457)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Foundations of grammar

Will cover four main problem areas in grammar: basic sentence structure, tenses, articles, and subject and verb agreement.

Duration: 8 hours
Target group: all students
What to bring: draft of your current writing

Date and location:

  • Tuesday 15, 22, 29 August & 5 September, 11am-1pm (course no. 5459)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Functional grammar for academic writing 

Builds on the workshop Foundations of Grammar and looks at expressing meaning through grammatical choices in academic writing.

Duration: 10 hours
Target group: students who have completed Foundations of Grammar or a short grammar diagnostic test
What to bring: a piece of your own writing

Date and location:

  • Tuesday 15, 22, 29 August, 5 & 12 September, 3-5pm (course no. 5460)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Critical reflection in the social and health sciences

This workshop will be helpful for students who are required to describe and reflect on a critical incident; critically respond to and reflect on a real-life scenario; or explain a personal or professional experience from a theoretical perspective in order to demonstrate critical reflection and transform disciplinary knowledge in the social and health sciences.

Duration: 4 hours
Target group: all students

Date and location:

  • Tuesday 12 September, 9am-1pm (course no. 5461)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing coursework assignments (postgraduate)

This workshop looks at possible structures of coursework assignments, the component parts and the links between them.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: masters by coursework students
What to bring: draft of a current assignment 

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Wednesday 16 August, 12-3pm (course no. 5492)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)
  • Monday 28 August, 9am-12pm (course no. 5493)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Managing literature for coursework assignments (postgraduate)

This workshop discusses how literature from your field can be used to support argument in your coursework assignment, and looks at strategies for organising your references.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: masters by coursework students
What to bring: two articles for a current coursework assignment. 

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Friday 25 August, 11am-2pm (course no. 5494)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)
  • Monday 4 September, 10am-1pm (course no. 5495)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Preparing for postgraduate study - coursework (postgraduate)

Covers time management, working in small groups, accessing and managing electronic and print information.

Duration: 2 hours
Target group: students beginning masters by coursework 

Date and location:

  • Tuesday 15 August, 9-11am (course no. 5496)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Register for a workshop online from Monday 7 August.

We offer a series of short essay writing workshops, or a 12 hour essay writing workshop covering all of this content. You should only enrol in the short workshops if you haven't enrolled in the 12 hour essay writing workshop.

Essay writing

Covers characteristics of persuasive analytical essays for social science and humanities. Focuses on developing an analytical argument and incorporating evidence. If you register for this workshop you do not need to complete the following short essay writing workshops: Analytical Writing, Planning an Assignment, Analysing the Assignment Question, Developing an Argument, Using Evidence in Essays, Introduction to Critical Writing in Essays.

Duration: 12 hours
Target group: undergraduate students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Monday 14, 21, 28 August & 4 September, 9am-12noon (course no. 5462)
    Room 215, Old Teachers’ College
  • Wednesday 16, 23, 30 August & 6 September, 2-5pm (course no. 5463)
    Room 618, Education Building (A35)
  • Friday 18, 25 August, 1 & 8 September, 2-5pm (course no. 5464)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Analysing an assignment question

Provides strategies for identifying the focus of the question and investigating how the wording of a question affects the structure of the response.

Duration: 2 hours
Target group: undergraduate and masters by coursework students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Friday 18 August, 9-11am (course no. 5465)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)
  • Wednesday 30 August, 3-5pm (Course no. 5466)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Planning an assignment

Covers the planning and structure of common written assignments.

Duration: 2 hours
Target group: undergraduate and masters by coursework students

Date and location:

  • Friday 18 August, 11am-1pm (course no. 5467)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Using evidence in essays

Covers evaluating sources of evidence, using evidence critically and to support your argument, synthesising evidence to find patterns and develop your argument and paraphrasing skills.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: undergraduate and masters by coursework students

Date and location:

  • Monday 11 September, 10am-1pm (course no. 5468)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Developing an argument

Focuses on developing an argument by synthesising, evaluating and presenting evidence from relevant literature to substantiate a point of view.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: undergraduate and masters by coursework students

Date and location:

  • Thursday 17 August, 2-5pm (course no. 5469)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Analytical writing

Looks at the differences between analytical and descriptive writing, and the process involved in developing an analytical approach to ideas and information.

Duration: 2 hours
Target group: undergraduate and masters by coursework students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Friday 1 September, 11am-1pm (course no. 5470)
    Room 418, Education Building (A35)
  • Wednesday 6 September, 10am-12pm (course no. 5471)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Introduction to critical writing in essays

Identifies the types of assignments that require a critical approach. Covers developing and demonstrating a critical perspective within essays. Includes examples, language features and writing practice.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: undergraduate and masters by coursework students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Friday 8 September, 10am-1pm (course no. 5472)
    Room 418, Education Building (A35)
  • Wednesday 13 September, 9am-12pm (course no. 5473)
    Room 458, Education Building (A35)

Professional report writing in the social sciences

This workshop focuses on the language resources necessary to develop arguments and critical evaluation in order to (1) respond to a real-life scenario or case study, (2) demonstrate critical analysis of a particular real-world problem, and (3) make recommendations to a course of action by an imagined client, business or government department.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: undergraduate and masters by coursework students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Wednesday 23 August, 9am-12pm (course no. 5474)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)
  • Wednesday 30 August, 10am-1pm (course no. 5475)
    Room 448, Old Teachers College (A22)

Quoting, summarising and paraphrasing evidence

Helps you to identify the differences between quoting and reporting, and gives practice in language strategies to help avoid plagiarism.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: all students, especially first year students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Monday 21 August, 2-5pm (course no. 5476)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)
  • Thursday 31 August, 2-5pm (course no. 5477)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Language strategies for referring to evidence

Focuses on the range of grammatical structures, reporting verbs and tenses that are available, and presents guidelines for choosing appropriately.

Duration: 2 hours
Target group: all students, especially first year students

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 16 August, 3-5pm (course no. 5478)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Discussion skills and working in groups

This workshop provides strategies for effective participation in academic discussion and focussed language practice. It helps you set up personal goals for developing your skills. Also examines challenges of working in groups and teams, and suggests strategies for making groups more effective.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: non-English speaking background students

Date and location:

  • Friday 1 September, 9am-12pm (course no. 5479)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Register for a workshop online from Monday 7 August.

Procrastination and managing time

Examines current (mis)use of time and practises setting goals, prioritising tasks and planning at semester, weekly and daily levels. Presents strategies on enhancing concentration and dealing with procrastination.

Duration: 2 hours
Target group: all students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Monday 14 August, 9-11am (course no. 5480)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)
  • Wednesday 16 August, 10am-12pm (course no. 5481)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)
  • Wednesday 23 August, 3-5pm (course no. 5482)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Preparing for exams

Covers exam revision schedules, exam performance strategies including managing time and dealing with exam anxiety.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: undergraduate and masters by coursework students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Monday, 11 September 2-5pm (course no. 5483)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)
  • Thursday 14 September, 10am-1pm (course no. 5484)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

These workshops aim to develop your public speaking skills for tutorial/seminar and conference presentation, and include short practice sessions using video feedback.

Register for a workshop online from Monday 7 August.

Undergraduate non-English speaking background students

Duration: 8 hours

Date and location:

  • Thursday 17, 24, 31 August & 7 September, 12-2pm (course no. 5485)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Postgraduate non-English speaking background students

Duration: 6 hours

Date and location:

  • Thursday 17, 24, 31 August & 7 September, 10am-12pm (course no. 5486)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Postgraduate English speaking background students

Duration: 6 hours

Date and location:

  • Friday 8 & 15 September, 10am-1pm (course no. 5487)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Register for a workshop online from Monday 7 August.

Preparing a thesis proposal

Provides an overview of the proposal with particular emphasis on the introductory stage and the expression of aims, research questions and hypotheses.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: masters by research and doctoral students
What to bring: a sample proposal from your department (if available)

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 30 August, 9am-12pm (course no. 5488)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing a literature review

Examines purpose of review as well as structuring, synthesising and evaluating the literature.

Duration: 6 hours
Target group: masters by research and doctoral students
What to bring: 4 or 5 research articles relevant to your topic, literature review from your own field

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Saturday 19 August, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm (course no. 5489)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)
  • Wednesday 13 September, 9am-12pm and 1-4pm (course no. 5490)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing a thesis including publications

This workshop is based on a study of recent successful theses and will cover: how to write an engaging introduction and a forceful conclusion, avoid duplication in the several literature reviews required, and develop a final overarching argument.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: doctoral students

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 16 August, 11am-2pm (course no. 5491)
    Room 459, Education Building (A35)

The following workshops are designed specifically for non-English speaking background students.  

Register for a workshop online from Monday 7 August.

Introduction to critical reading 

Introduces the process of critical thinking and reading, practises strategies for evaluating and asking critical questions about readings.

Duration: 4 hours
Target group: undergraduate students - non-English speaking background
What to bring: examples of your course readings

Date and location:

  • Friday 18 August, 1–5pm (course no. 5444)
    Room 618, Education Building (A35)

Detailed reading for academic writing

Focuses on understanding academic texts packed with complex content and how this information needs to be unpacked in order to write successfully and avoid plagiarism. Session 1 will specifically focus on text structure, identifying key content words in paragraphs and joint paraphrasing. Session 2 will provide key word identification, strategies for note-making and paraphrasing, and examples of independent detailed reading practice.

Duration: 4 hours
Target group: postgraduate students - non-English speaking background

Date and location:

  • Monday 18 September, 10am-2pm (course no. 5446)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing in an academic style

Focuses on some of the characteristics of successful academic writing across all disciplines, for example formality, objectivity, conciseness and impersonality.

Duration: 6 hours
Target group: undergraduate and masters by coursework students - non-English speaking background
What to bring: draft of your current writing

Date and location:

  • Monday 14, 21 & 28 August, 12-2pm (course no. 5455)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)
  • Tuesday 22 & 29 August & 5 September, 9-11am (course no. 5456)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Clearer writing 

Aims to make explicit the linking structures in English which make writing clear and logical and includes writing practice in using these structures.

Duration: 8 hours
Target group: undergraduate and masters by coursework students - non-English speaking background
What to bring: draft of your current writing

Date and location:

  • Tuesday 15, 22, 29 August & 5 September, 1-3pm (course no. 5458)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

These workshops will help you to increase your understanding of the use of evidence for your own writing purposes, identify the differences between quoting and reporting, and gives practice in language strategies to help avoid plagiarism.

Register for a workshop online from Monday 7 August.

The workshops will cover:

  • selecting information from sources
  • transferring source information
  • skills for paraphrasing and summarising; interpreting the reading and language structures that will help you avoid plagiarism.

Target group: undergraduate and masters by coursework students
What to bring: your student ID

Date and location:

  • Thurday 31 August, 10am-1pm (course no. 5500)
    Room 524, Education Building (A35)
  • Tuesday 5 September, 9am-12pm (course no. 5501)
    Room 527, Education Building (A35)
  • Tueday 12 September, 9am-12pm (course no. 5502)
    Room 514, Education Building (A35)
  • Friday 22 September, 1-4pm (course no. 5503)
    Room 438, Education Building (A35)
  • Monday 25 September, 10am-1pm (course no. 5504)
    Room 524, Education Building (A35)
  • Thursday 28 September, 10am-1pm (course no. 5505)
    Room 524, Education Building (A35)
  • Tuesday 3 October, 9am-12pm (course no. 5506)
    Room 524, Education Building (A35)
  • Thursday 5 October, 10am-1pm (course no. 5507)
    Room 514, Education Building (A35)
  • Tuesday 10 October, 9am-12pm (course no. 5508)
    Room 514, Education Building (A35)
  • Thursday 12 October, 10am-1pm (course no. 5509)
    Room 434, Education Building (A35)
  • Tuesday 17 October, 9am-12pm (course no. 5510)
    Room 514, Education Building (A35)
  • Thursday 19 October, 10am-1pm (course no. 5511)
    Room 514, Education Building (A35)
  • Monday 23 October, 1-4pm (course no. 5512)
    Room 438, Education Building (A35)
  • Friday 27 October, 10am-1pm (course no. 5513)
    Room 514, Education Building (A35)
  • Tuesday 31 October, 10am-1pm (course no. 5514)
    Room 524, Education Building (A35)
  • Thursday 2 November, 1-4pm (course no. 5515)
    Room 418, Education Building (A35)
  • Tuesday 7 November, 1-4pm (course no. 5516)
    Room 514, Education Building (A35)
  • Thursday 9 November, 10am-1pm (course no. 5517)
    Room 514, Education Building (A35)
  • Friday 17 November, 10am-1pm (course no. 5518)
    Room 618, Education Building (A35)
  • Tuesday 21 November, 10am-1pm (course no. 5519)
    Room 618, Education Building (A35)
  • Friday 1 December, 10am-1pm (course no. 5520)
    Room 433, Education Building (A35)
  • Tuesday 5 Decmber, 1-4pm (course no. 5521)
    Room 524, Education Building (A35)

All workshops will be held at the Cumberland Campus at Lidcombe.

Register for a workshop online from Thursday 4 August. 

Quoting, summarising and parapharsing evidence

Date: Friday 11 August, 2-4pm

Analysing the assignment question

Date: Wednesday 16 August, 11-1pm

Planning an assignment

Date: Thursday 17 August, 1-3pm

Writing in an academic style

Date: Friday 18 August, 2-4pm

Critical thinking

Date: Wednesday 23 August, 11-1pm

Reading strategies

Date: Thursday 24 August, 1-3pm

Developing and supporting an argument

Date: Friday 25 August, 2-4pm

Quoting, summarising and parapharsing evidence

Date: Wednesday 30 August, 11-1pm

Critical reflection

Date: Thursday 31 August 1-3pm

Using evidence

Date: Friday 1 September, 2-4pm

Language strategies for referring to evidence

Date: Wednesday 6 Septeber, 11-1pm

Writing a critical review on a single text or object

Date: Thursday 7 September, 1-3pm

Vocabulary for writing about data

Date: Friday 8 September, 2-4pm

Mathematics Learning Centre revision workshops

The Mathematics Learning Centre offers a range of workshops linked to some first year mathematics units of study. These revision workshops will go through specific topics in the unit of study, usually one or two weeks after that topic has been completed in the lectures.

To get the most out of the workshops, bring your lecture notes and tutorial/problem sheets.

To register for a mathematics workshop, visit the Mathematics Learning Centre website and navigate to your unit of study under ‘Unit of study materials’.

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