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Learning Centre workshops

We offer 62 different workshops which run throughout the year, including during semester breaks. Workshops are free of charge and 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.

Camperdown campus

Register for a workshop online

Download a copy of the summer program 2020 (pdf, 175.4KB)

Essay writing

This workshop covers characteristics of persuasive analytical essays for social science and humanities. It focuses on developing an analytical argument and incorporating evidence.

Duration: 12 hours
Target audience: all students, in particular first year students

Time and location:

  • Monday 13, Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15, Thursday 16 January 2-5pm (Course No. 6501)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Clearer writing (non-English speaking background students)

This workshop 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 audience: non-English speaking background students
What to bring: a draft of your current writing

Time and location:

  • Monday 13, Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15, Thursday 16 January 11am-1pm (Course No 6490)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Clearer writing (English speaking background students)

This workshop 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 audience: English speaking background students
What to bring: a draft of your current writing

Time and location:

  • Tuesday 21 January 2-5pm (Course No 6491)
    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 audience: all students
What to bring: a reading (article/book chapter) from a discipline you are studying

Time and location:

  • Monday 20 January 2-5pm (Course No 6500)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Quoting, summarising and paraphrasing evidence

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

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

Time and location:

  • Tuesday 28 January 1-4pm (Course No 6494)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Foundations of grammar

This workshop looks at the four basic areas of English grammar (sentence structure, verb groups, verb tenses and noun groups) from the point of view of the academic reader and writer. It will build your understanding of grammatical terminology and description.

Duration: 8 hours
Target group: all students
What to bring: a sample of your course reading and a sample of your writing

Date and location:

  • Monday 13, Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15, Thursday 16 January 9am-11am (course no. 6488)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Functional grammar for academic writing

This workshop 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 successfully completed Foundations of Grammar or a short grammar diagnostic test.
What to bring: a piece of your own writing

Date and location:

  • Monday 3, Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5, Thursday 6, Friday 7 February, 10am-12pm (course no. 6489)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Introduction to critical reading

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

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: undergraduate students
What to bring: a course reading

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 29 January, 10am-1pm (course no. 6498)
    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:

  • Friday 17 January, 2-4pm (course no. 6497)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Procrastination and managing time

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

Duration: 2 hours
Target group: all students

Date and location:

  • Friday 17 January, 11am-1pm (course no. 6504)
    Room 722, 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 respond to real life scenarios or case studies, demonstrate critical analysis of a particular real world problem, and make recommendations to a course of action by an imagined client, business or government department.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: undergraduates, masters by coursework students

Date and location:

  • Friday 24 January, 12-3pm (course no. 6502)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Reading strategies

Practices basic strategies of skimming and scanning.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: undergraduate students.

Date and location:

  • Monday 20 January 10am-1pm (course no. 6499)
    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 paraphrase skills.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: all students, in particular first year students

Date and location:

  • Monday 3 February 1-4pm (course no. 6503)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing a critical review on a topic area

This workshop covers developing and demonstrating a critical perspective in a more complex critical review of a debate, methodology, theory, topic area, etc. It includes examples, language features and writing practice.

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

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 22 January 2-5pm (course no. 6493)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing a critical review on a journal article

This workshop covers developing and demonstrating a critical perspective in a critical review of a journal article. It includes examples, language features and writing practice.

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

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 22 January 10am-1pm (course no. 6492)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing in an academic style (for non-english speaking background students)

This workshop focuses on some of the characteristics of successful academic writing across all disciplines eg. formality, objectivity, conciseness and impersonality. 

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

Date and location:

  • Thursday 23 January 10am-1pm and 2-5pm (course no. 6495)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing in an academic style (for english speaking background students)

This workshop focuses on some of the characteristics of successful academic writing across all disciplines eg. formality, objectivity, conciseness and impersonality. 

Duration: 2 hours
Target group: English speaking background students
What to bring: draft of current writing

Date and location:

  • Friday 7 February 1-3pm (course no. 6496)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Register for a workshop online

Download a copy of the summer program 2020 (pdf, 175.4KB)

Writing 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:

  • Tuesday, 21 January 10am-1pm (course no. 6505)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing a literature review

Examines the purpose of a 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:

  • Thursday 30 January, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm (course no. 6506)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing a literature review - with online component

The aim of this workshop is to clarify, and apply to your writing, strategies for structuring your review, and synthesising and evaluating the literature. This workshop is capped at 20 students to allow for maximum feedback opportunities.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: masters by research and doctoral students. To attend this workshop you need to have completed the Learning Centre’s online OLE ‘Writing a Literature Review’. This 3 hour face-to-face workshop builds on ideas presented in the OLE.
What to bring: To get the most out of this workshop, bring along any questions you have arising from the OLE, a draft outline of your literature review chapter(s) or sections, preferably a draft of a section of your literature review and 5 research articles.

Date and location:

  • Friday 24 January, 9am-12pm (course no. 6507)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing a thesis with 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

Date and location:

  • Thursday 6 February, 1-4pm (course no. 6509)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing a journal article in the sciences

Introduction to the structure and language of scientific journal articles.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: masters by research and doctoral students writing up their research for publication
What to bring: draft of an article you are working on and a relevant journal article

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 29 January, 2-5pm (course no. 6508)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Managing literature for coursework

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: 2 articles for a current coursework assignment

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 5 February, 1-4pm (course no. 6511)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing coursework assignment

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

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

Date and location:

  • Tuesday 4 February, 1-4pm (course no. 6510)
    Room 722, 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 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 independant detailed reading practice. 

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

Date and location:

  • Friday 31 January 10am-12pm and 1-3pm (course no. 6512)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Learning Centre (Camperdown Campus)

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  • +61 2 9351 4865
Address
  • Room 722, Level 7, Education Building, Camperdown Campus
Opening hours

9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

Learning Centre (Cumberland Campus)

Address
  • Ground Floor, Building A, Cumberland Campus, Lidcombe
Open
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Last updated: 07 January 2020

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