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The Learning Centre and Mathematics Learning Centre offer a range of workshops to help develop your academic capabilities. Workshops are open to all enrolled students and are free of charge.

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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.

Learning Centre workshops

Register for a workshop from Monday 13 March.

Introduction to critical reading

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

  • Fri 24 March 3–6pm
    Course no. 5236

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For undergraduates.

Please bring examples of course reading.

Critical reading of a research article

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

  • Fri 31 March 2–5pm
    Course no. 5237
  • Wed 3 May 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5238
  • Fri 5 May 2–5pm
    Course no. 5239

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For senior undergraduates (3rd year +), master's and doctoral students.

Please bring a journal article from your field of study.

Reading for effective note taking

Practises strategies for thoughtful note-taking and summarising by identifying structure of text using two different types of text.

  • Mon 20 March 9am–12pm
    Course no. 5240

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For undergraduates, master's by coursework.

Please bring an example of course reading.

Foundations of grammar

Practises strategies for thoughtful note-taking and summarising by identifying structure of text using two different types of text.

  • Tue 21, 28 March, 4 and 11 April 2–4pm (8 hours)
    Course no. 5241

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For all students.

Please bring a sample of your own writing.

Functional grammar for academic writing

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

  • Mon 20, 27 March, 3, 10 and 24 April 5–7pm (10 hours)
    Course no. 5242

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For students who have successfully completed 'Foundations of Grammar' or a grammar diagnostic test.

Please bring a piece of your own writing.

Essay writing

Covers characteristics of persuasive analytical essays for social science and humanities. Focuses on developing an analytical argument and incorporating evidence.

  • Tue 21, 28 March, 4 and 11 April 4–7pm (12 hours)
    Course no. 5243
  • Wed 22, 29 March, 5 and 12 April 11am–2pm (12 hours)
    Course no. 5244
  • Thu 23, 30 March, 6 and 13 April 1–4pm (12 hours)
    Course no. 5245
  • Wed 19 and Thu 20 and 21 April 2–5pm (9 hours)
    Course no. 5246
  • Sat 1 April 10am–1pm and 2–5pm (6 hours)
    Course no. 5247
  • Sat 8 April 10am–1pm and 2–5pm (6 hours)
    Course no. 5248

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For undergraduates, first year, master's by coursework.

These workshops cover the same areas as the twelve hour essay writing workshop, therefore enrol in only one of the following:

  • a twelve hour workshop
  • one or more of the short workshops.

Register for a workshop from Monday 13 March.

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.

  • Mon 20 March 3–5pm
    Course no. 5249
  • Wed 29 March 9–11am
    Course no. 5250
  • Fri 31 March 12–2pm
    Course no. 5251

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For undergraduates, first year, master's by coursework.

Developing an argument

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

  • Wed 5 April 2–5pm
    Course no. 5252
  • Tue 18 April 2–5pm
    Course no. 5253

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For undergraduates, first year, master's by coursework.

Planning an assignment

Covers the planning and structure of common written assignments.

  • Wed 22 March 9–11am
    Course no. 5254
  • Mon 3 April 10am–12pm
    Course no. 5255
  • Mon 10 April 9–11am
    Course no. 5256

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For undergraduates, first year, master's by coursework.

Analytical writing

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

  • Mon 3 April 12–2pm
    Course no. 5257
  • Wed 5 April 9–11am
    Course no. 5258
  • Tue 11 April 9–11am
    Course no. 5259

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For undergraduates, first year, master's by coursework.

Introduction to critical writing in essays

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

  • Mon 27 March 9am–12pm
    Course no. 5260

Room 418, Level 4, Education Building

For undergraduates, first year, master's by coursework.

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.

  • Tue 2 May 2–5pm
    Course no. 5261

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For undergraduates, first year, master's by coursework.

Writing in an academic style

English speaking background students.

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

  • Wed 22 March 2–4pm
    Course no. 5262
  • Mon 10 April 11am–1pm
    Course no. 5263
  • Wed 26 April 10am–12pm
    Course no. 5264

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For all students.

Please bring a draft of your current writing.

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.

  • Mon 27 March 1–4pm
    Course no. 5265
    Room 514, Level 5, Education Building
  • Fri 7 April 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5266
    Room 437, Old Teachers' College

For undergraduates, master's by coursework.

Bring (if possible) the text to be critically reviewed.

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.

  • Fri 31 March 9am–12pm
    Course no. 5267
  • Mon 1 May 9am–12pm
    Course no. 5268

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For undergraduates, master's by coursework.

Bring (if possible) the text to be critically reviewed.

Professional report writing in the social sciences

This course 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.

  • Thur 27 Apri 2–5pm
    Course no. 5269

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For undergraduates, master's by coursework.

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.

English speaking background students

  • Fri 24 March 2–5pm
    Course no. 5270
  • Mon 3 April 2–5pm
    Course no. 5271
  • Fri 7 April 11am–2pm
    Course no. 5272

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For all students.

Please bring a draft of your writing. 

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.

  • Mon 27 March 9am–12pm
    Course no. 5273
  • Thu 27 April 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5274

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For all students.

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.

  • Tue 18 April 10am–12pm
    Course no. 5275

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For all students/first-year students.

Critical reflection in the social and health sciences

This course 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.

  • Mon 24 April 1–5pm
    Course no. 5276

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For all students.

Register for a workshop from Monday 13 March.

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 for enhancing concentration and dealing with procrastination.

  • Wed 22 March 4–6pm
    Course no. 5277
  • Fri 7 April 9–11am
    Course no. 5278
  • Tue 18 April 12–2pm
    Course no. 5279

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For all students.

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 from Monday 13 March.

Oral presentation skills for undergraduates

English speaking background students.

  • Tue 21, 28 March and 4 April 9–11am (6 hours)
    Course no. 5280

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

Oral presentation skills for undergraduates

Non English speaking background students.

  • Tue 21, 28 March, 4 and 11 April 12–2pm (8 hours)
    Course no. 5281

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

Oral presentation skills for postgraduates

English speaking background students.

  • Thu 23, 30 March and 6 April 11am–1pm (6 hours)
    Course no. 5282

Room 722 Education Building A35

Oral presentation skills for postgraduates

Non English speaking background students.

  • Thu 23, 30 March, 6 and 13 April 9–11am (8 hours)
    Course no. 5283

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

Register for a workhop from Monday 13 March.

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.

  • Wed 29 March 3–6pm
    Course no. 5284
  • Wed 26 April 1–4pm
    Course no. 5285

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For master's by research, doctoral students.

Please bring a sample proposal from your department (if available).

Preparing for postgraduate study - research

Covers preliminary stages of independent research: planning, research approaches and methodologies, characteristics of quality research, establishing and managing a bibliography.

  • Mon 20 March 12–3pm
    Course no. 5286

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For master's by research, doctoral students (early stages).

Writing a thesis including publications

This course 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.

  • Wed 22 March 2–5pm
    Course no. 5287
    Room 440, Old Teachers' College
  • Mon 10 April 2–5pm
    Course no. 5288
    Room 722, Level 7, Education Building
  • Mon 1 May 1–4pm
    Course no. 5289
    Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For doctoral students.

Writing a literature review (6 hours)

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

  • Sat 25 March 10am–1pm and 2–5pm
    Course no. 5290
  • Fri 28 April 10am–1pm and 2–5pm
    Course no. 5291
  • Thur 4 May 10am–1pm and 2–5pm
    Course no. 5292

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For master's by research, doctoral students.

Please bring four or five research articles relevant to your topic, literature review from your own field.

Preparing for postgraduate study - coursework

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

  • Mon 27 March 12–2pm
    Course no. 5293

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For beginning master's by coursework students.

Writing coursework assignments

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

  • Mon 20 March 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5294
  • Fri 24 March 9am–12pm
    Course no. 5295
  • Fri 7 April 2–5pm
    Course no. 5296

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For master's by coursework students.

Please bring a draft of a current assignment.

Managing literature for coursework

This course 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.

  • Mon 20 March 2–5pm
    Course no. 5297
  • Wed 12 April 2–5pm
    Course no. 5298
  • Wed 3 May 2–5pm
    Course no. 5299

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For master's by coursework students.

Please bring two articles for a current coursework assignment.

Register for a workshop from Monday 6 March.

Writing the honours proposal

Provides models and guidelines for writing a thesis proposal.

  • Tue 14 March 10am–12pm
    Course no. 5230

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For honours students writing/about to write their proposal.

Please bring a draft of sections of a proposal.

Managing the honours year

Examines strategies for setting goals, prioritising tasks and constructing a flexible time plan for the honours year.

  • Tue 14 March 1–3pm
    Course no. 5231

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For honours students in the first semester of their honours year.

Please bring time lines.

Overview of an honours thesis

Provides a generalised description of the typical structure and purpose of each section of the thesis.

  • Wed 15 March 10am–12pm
    Course no. 5232

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For honours students in the first semester of their honours year.

Please bring a content page/thesis outline.

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.

  • Wed 15 March 1–3pm
    Course no. 5233

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For honours students.

Developing the thesis argument

Exemplifies how to develop the argument in the middle sections of the thesis by evaluating literature and discussing results.

  • Thur 16 March 10am–12pm
    Course no. 5234

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For honours students in the writing process.

Please bring (if posssible) a draft of sections of the middle part of your thesis.

Writing introductions, conclusions and abstracts

Provides an overview of the structure and language of these sections of a thesis.

  • Thur 16 March 1–3pm
    Course no. 5235

Room 722, Level 7, Education Building

For honours students in the writing process.

Please bring (if possible) a draft introduction, conclusion and abstract.

Register online from Tuesday 14 February.

Workshop on clinical communication

Presented by the Learning Centre (LC) and Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

  • Thursday 23 March 1–3pm

The workshop consists of two parts:

  1. Building rapport with client groups with role-plays (LC) 1–2pm.
  2. Basic assertiveness techniques and application to specific situations (CAPS) 2–3pm.

Room T437, Ground Floor, Building A, Cumberland Campus

Registration is essental.

Enquiries to marie.mcinnes@sydney.edu.au or phone +61 2 9351 9319.

Communication club

Each week a different aspect of clinical communication will be discussed and various scenarios will be role-played. Themes include: empathy, coping with criticism, clarifying information, dealing with children, elderly and the disabled.

  • From Week 2, Tuesday 12–1pm (common lunch hour)

Room T105, Ground Floor, Building A, Cumberland Campus

Registration is not necessary but an indication of attendance would be appreciated.

Email marie.mcinnes@sydney.edu.au or phone +61 2 9351 9319.

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.

Outline:

  • Selecting information from sources.
  • Transferring source information.
  • Skills for paraphrasing and summarising:
    • interpreting the reading
    • language structures that will help you avoid plagiarism.

Target group: Undergraduate and master's by coursework students.

You must bring your student card to the workshop.

Language strategies for referring to evidence

Enrol online

  • Tuesday 9 May 2–5pm
    Course no. 5320
    Room 438, Level 4, Education Building
  • Thursday 18 May 2–5pm
    Course no. 5326
    Room 458, Level 4, Education Building
  • Tuesday 23 May 2–5pm
    Course no. 5328
    Room 418, Level 4, Education Building
  • Thursday 1 June 2–5pm
    Course no. 5334
    Room 433, Level 4, Education Building
  • Tuesday 6 June 2–5pm
    Course no. 5336
    Room 438, Level 4, Education Building
  • Thursday 15 June 2–5pm
    Course no. 5342
    Room 408, Level 4, Education Building
  • Tuesday 20 June 2–5pm
    Course no. 5344
    Room 427, Level 4, Old Teachers' College

Quoting, summarising and paraphrasing Evidence

Enrol online

  • Friday 7 April 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5310
    Room 514, Level 5, Education Building
  • Tuesday 11 April 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5311
    Room 514, Level 5, Education Building
  • Thursday 13 April 9am–12pm
    Course no. 5312
    Room 514, Level 5, Education Building
  • Tuesday 18 April 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5313
    Room 408, Level 4, Education Building
  • Thursday 20 April 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5314
    Room 409, Level 4, Education Building
  • Monday 24 April 2–5pm
    Course no. 5315
    Room 514, Level 5, Education Building
  • Friday 28 April 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5316
    Room 524, Level 5, Education Building
  • Monday 1 May 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5317
    Room 438, Level 4, Education Building
  • Friday 5 May 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5318
    Room 434, Level 4, Education Building
  • Tuesday 9 May 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5319
    Room 514, Level 5, Education Building
  • Thursday 11 May 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5321
    Room 461 Education Building A35
  • Tuesday 16 May 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5323
    Room 524, Level 5, Education Building
  • Thursday 18 May 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5325
    Room 418 Education Building A35
  • Tuesday 23 May 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5327
    Room 514, Level 5, Education Building
  • Thursday 25 May 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5329
    Room 418, Level 4, Education Building
  • Monday 29 May 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5331
    Room 433, Level 4, Education Building
  • Thursday 1 June 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5333
    Room 418, Level 4, Education Building
  • Tuesday 6 June 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5335
    Room 436, Level 4, Education Building
  • Thursday 8 June 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5337
    Room 418, Level 4, Education Building
  • Tuesday 13 June 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5339
    Room 408, Level 4, Education Building
  • Thursday 15 June 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5341
    Room 418, Level 4, Education Building
  • Tuesday 20 June 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5343
    Room 427, Level 4, Old Teachers' College
  • Thursday 22 June 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5345
    Room 427, Level 4, Old Teachers' College
  • Monday 26 June 2–5pm
    Course no. 5347
    Room 323, Level 3, Old Teachers' College
  • Friday 30 June 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5348
    Room 427, Level 4, Old Teachers' College
  • Tuesday 4 July 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5349
    Room 418, Level 4, Education Building
  • Thursday 6 July 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5350
    Room 418, Level 4, Education Building
  • Tuesday 11 July 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5351
    Room 418, Level 4, Education Building
  • Thursday 13 July 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5352
    Room 418, Level 4, Education Building
  • Tuesday 18 July 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5353
    Room 418, Level 4, Education Building
  • Thursday 20 July 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5354
    Room 418, Level 4, Education Building
  • Tuesday 25 July 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5355
    Room 418, Level 4, Education Building
  • Thursday 27 July 10am–1pm
    Course no. 5356
    Room 418, Level 4, Education Building

Using evidence in essays

Enrol online

  • Thursday 11 May 2–5pm
    Course no. 5322
    Room 458, Level 4, Education Building
  • Tuesday 16 May 2–5pm
    Course no. 5324
    Room 438, Level 4, Education Building
  • Thursday 25 May 2–5pm
    Course no. 5330
    Room 458, Level 4, Education Building
  • Monday 29 May 2–5pm
    Course no. 5332
    Room 433, Level 4, Education Building
  • Thursday 8 June 2–5pm
    Course no. 5338
    Room 458, Level 4, Education Building
  • Tuesday 13 June 2–5pm
    Course no. 5340
    Room 432, Level 4, Education Building
  • Friday 23 June 2–5pm
    Course no. 5346
    Room 427, Level 4, Old Teachers' College

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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Learning Centre (Camperdown Campus)

Address
Room 722, Level 7, Education Building, Camperdown Campus
Open
9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

Learning Centre (Cumberland Campus)

Address
Ground Floor, Building A, Cumberland Campus, Lidcombe
Open
by appointment

Mathematics Learning Centre

Fax
+61 2 9351 5797
Address
Room 177, Level 1 Carslaw F07
Last updated: 17 February 2017

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