Learning Centre Cumberland Campus

What does the Learning Centre at Cumberland Campus do?

The Learning Centre provides students with teaching and advice about reading, writing, research and other skills which you need to succeed at university. The Learning Centre's services are available free of charge to all students of the University of Sydney.

Teaching

Workshops

At various times during the year, the Learning Centre on the Cumberland Campus runs short courses or workshops on specific skills or tasks (e.g. paraphrasing and referencing, essay structure, writing a literature review). To find out about current or upcoming workshops, contact us or visit the Cumberland Learning Centre workshops page.

A workshop can be requested by lecturers/course co-ordinators for students in a particular course or unit of study. Alternatively, students can contact the Cumberland Learning Centre directly, to request a workshop for a small group of students who all have similar needs or interests. One or more workshops can be specifically designed for the needs of the group.

Students on the Cumberland Campus are also welcome to enrol in any of the regularly scheduled workshops at the Learning Centre on the Camperdown Campus.

Study Preparation Program for International Students

The Learning Centre and the International Student Services Unit, in co-operation with the Faculty of Health Sciences, provide an intensive Study Preparation Program (SPP) to all international students on the Cumberland Campus, prior to the beginning of their studies. The SPP includes workshops in academic skills for studying in Australia as well as introductory/refresher classes in some subjects relevant to the health sciences.

The SPP is offered on the Cumberland Campus shortly before the beginning of Semester 1 each year. A shorter SPP is also offered prior to the beginning of Semester 2 each year, for students commencing their studies mid-year.

Individual consultations

Individual students can make appointments for a one-to-one consultation with a Learning Skills Adviser on the Cumberland Campus, to discuss any questions, difficulties or problems to do with language and other academic skills. These may include such things as planning or structuring an essay/report/case study, clinical communication, managing your workload, reading efficiently, writing analytically, etc. Any questions or difficulties about the subject matter of your courses (e.g. statistics, biology) should be directed to the appropriate lecturers, tutors and/or your peers. The Maths Learning Centre can also help with mathematics related learning support.

Appointments are available between 9am and 4pm most weekdays. A consultation outside these hours may be possible by prior arrangement. Consultations by phone, fax and email are also available on request.

Telephone: 02 93519638
Fax: 02 93519635
Email:

Can someone proof-read my work?

No. The Learning Centre does not provide proof-reading or editing services. Learning Skills Advisers will not check your assignment to correct the spelling, grammar, referencing, etc.

However, please do feel free to bring your assignment for a consultation. By looking at your work, Learning Skills Advisers can give you detailed feedback on your specific writing skills (e.g. structure, grammar, referencing) and help you to improve these if necessary. They can also help you develop the skills to proof-read and edit your own work.

Some on-line resources

  • Clearer Writing
    An on-line interactive course to improve the clarity of your writing, with a particular focus on well-structured and coherent paragraphs.
clearer writing
  • The Write Site
    The Write Site provides online support to help you develop your academic and professional writing skills. There are modules on grammar, using sources and structuring assignments.
write site
  • The WRiSE (Writing a Report in Science and Engineering) site is an online learning environment designed to help you develop and improve your report writing skills in science and engineering.
wrise
  • Help Yourself provides quick answers to the most common questions and problems for students, from first year undergraduates to PhD students. It also includes links to follow for more detailed information.
Help Yourself
  • University of Sydney Library - Quick reference page
    Dictionaries, thesauri, citation/referencing guides and more...
  • UniLearning
    The UniLearning site is an interactive online resource for university reading and writing skills, developed by staff from several Australian universities.
  • Language and Learning Online
    This site, created by Monash University, includes lots of tutorials and advice on writing different types of texts at uni, writing for different subject areas, grammar, reading, study skills, etc. (Some resources restricted to students of Monash.)
  • Skill Soup Podcasts
    Learning support in podcasts from the Australian National University.
  • EdNA Online
    Education Network Australia (EdNA) Online is a site which links to thousands of publications, sites, and other sources of information about, and for, education in Australia. This link points to the section devoted to academic skills, and lists 100+ links, many from other universities.
  • OWL (Online Writing Lab)
    This site, developed by Purdue University, contains over 500 pages of handouts, tutorials, and workshops and hundreds of links to other writing resources across the World Wide Web. One section covers resources on English as a second language.

How to contact us

For an appointment:

Telephone: 02 93519638
Facsimile: 02 93519635
Email:

Location:

A Block
Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney
East St
Lidcombe 2141

See campus maps for further details.

Hours:

Monday to Friday 9am-5pm (all year). Appointments can be made for face-to-face or telephone consultations outside these hours, if you contact us 24 hours in advance. Telephone (voicemail), fax and email enquiries are generally answered within 36 hours.

Staff:

Marie McInnes
Learning Skills Adviser
Telephone: 93519319
Email:

Student Services Administration
Telephone: 93519638
Email: