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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

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Download a copy of the program (pdf, 152KB)

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. 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: 3 hours
Target audience: undergraduate students

Time and location:

  • Monday 14 October, 2-5pm (Course No 6433)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Analytical writing

This workshop 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 audience: undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students

Time and location:

  • Friday 11 October, 10am-12pm (Course No 6438)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Clearer writing (non-English 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.

Bring a draft of your current writing.

Duration: 6 hours
Target audience: undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students

Time and location:

  • Saturday 12 October, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm (Course No 6442)
    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:

  • Wednesday 9 October, 2-5pm (Course No 6445)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Register for a workshop online.

Download a copy of the program (pdf, 152KB)

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

Undergraduate non-English speaking background students

Duration: 8 hours

Time and location:

  • Tuesday 8 & 15 October, 10am-12pm (Course No 6451)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Postgraduate non-English speaking background students

Duration: 8 hours

Time and location:

  • Tuesday 8 & 15 October, 1-3pm (Course No 6452)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Register for a workshop online

Download a copy of the program (pdf, 152KB)

Practice for multiple choice question exams

This workshop examines the formats, instructions and wording of multiple choice questions, as well as offering practical strategies for answering them.

If you have them available, bring examples of past exam questions to analyse.

Duration: 3 hours
Target audience: undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students

Time and location:

  • Wednesday 9 October, 10am-1pm (Course No 6429)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Preparing for exams

The preparing for exams workshop looks at exam revision schedules and exam performance strategies, including managing your time and dealing with exam anxiety.

Duration: 3 hours
Target audience: undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students

Time and location:

  • Friday 4 October, 10am-1pm (Course No 6430)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Practice for essay exams

This workshop covers analysis and classification of essay questions. You will also practice outlining and writing answers under time pressure.

If you have them available, bring examples of past exam questions to analyse.

Duration: 3 hours
Target audience: undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students

Time and location:

  • Friday 11 October, 1-4pm (Course No 6431)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Procrastination and managing time

This workshop presents strategies for enhancing concentration and dealing with procrastination.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: undergraduate students

Time and location:

  • Friday 4 October, 2-4pm (Course No 6432)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

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Postgraduate research program timetable (pdf, 175.4KB)

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 (choose one option):

  • Tuesday 5 November, 2-5pm (course no. 6454)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)
  • Friday 8 November, 1-4pm (course no. 6455)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Working with your thesis supervisor

Examines the supervisory relationship and provides strategies to communicate effectively and appropriately with your supervisor.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: masters by research and doctoral students

Date and location:

  • Monday 4 November, 10am-1pm (course no. 6456)
    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:

  • Tuesday 29 October, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm (course no. 6457)
    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 (choose one option):

  • Thursday 7 November, 1-4pm (course no. 6458)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)
  • Thursday 28 November, 2-5pm (course no. 6459)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Overview of a thesis

This workshop covers overall organisation and general issues of reader/writer communication.

Duration: 4 hours
Target group: masters by research and doctoral students
What to bring: contents page/thesis outline and draft of any part of your thesis

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 30 October, 2-5pm (course no. 6460)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing a thesis in the humanities and the social sciences: introductions, conclusions and abstracts

Provides an in-depth study of these sections of a thesis, and includes an overview of staging and the analysis of examples. 

Duration: 4 hours
Target group: masters by research and doctoral students (in the final stages of writing their thesis)
What to bring: draft introduction, conclusion (and abstract, if possible)

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 30 October, 9am-1pm (course no. 6461)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing a thesis in the sciences and the social sciences: introductions, conclusions and abstracts

Provides an in-depth study of these sections of a thesis, and includes an overview of staging and the analysis of examples.

Duration: 4 hours
Target group: masters by research and doctoral students (in the final stages of writing their thesis)
What to bring: draft introduction, conclusion (and abstract, if possible)

Date and location:

  • Friday 29 November, 1-5pm (course no. 6462)
    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
Target group: doctoral students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Monday 4 November, 2-5pm (course no. 6463)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)
  • Tuesday 26 November, 10am-1pm (course no. 6464)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing up a systematic review

This workshop focuses on the writing-up, not the carrying-out, of a systematic review. It focuses on the content elements of, and staging within, the various review sections, and on relevant expression issues, for example evaluative language.

Duration: 4 hours
Target group: masters by research and doctoral students
What to bring: published systemic review from your own field

Date and location:

  • Tuesday 12 November, 1-5pm (course no. 6465)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing up research in the sciences

This workshop focuses on the structure and language of the middle section of a thesis in the sciences (materials and methods, results and discussion).

Duration: 6 hours
Target group: masters by research and doctoral students (in the process of writing up their thesis)
What to bring: draft of middle section of your thesis

Date and location:

  • Thursday 31 October, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm (course no. 6466)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing up research in the humanities

This workshop focuses on the purpose and characteristics of the middle section of a thesis in the humanities, with emphasis on analysis and development of an argument.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: masters by research and doctoral students
What to bring: draft of middle section of your thesis

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 6 November, 1-4pm (course no. 6467)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing up research in the social sciences

This workshop focuses on the purpose and characteristics of the middle section of a thesis in the social sciences, with emphasis on analysis and development of an argument.

Duration: 3 hours
Target group: masters by research and doctoral students
What to bring: draft of middle section of your thesis

Date and location:

  • Monday 11 November, 10am-1pm (course no. 6468)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing a journal article in the sciences

This workshop provides an 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:

  • Friday 1 November, 10am-1pm (course no. 6469)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

The process of getting a journal article published

This workshop covers issues to do with getting published, such as choosing the journal, authorship and reviewers’ feedback.

Duration: 2 hours
Target group: masters by research and doctoral students
What to bring: style guides of relevant journals and a relevant journal article

Date and location:

  • Friday 1 November, 2-4pm (course no. 6470)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Writing bootcamp for HDR students

The bootcamp involves you working on your thesis writing. You might be writing the literature review or drafting a section of your thesis or fine tuning an almost complete section. Learning Centre academics will be on hand to respond to your writing questions but there will be no formal teaching presentations at the bootcamp.

Duration: 6 hours
Target group: masters by research and doctoral students

Date and location:

  • Saturday 9 November, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm (course no. 6471)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Oral presentation skills

This three session workshop will cover criteria for successful presentations, performance strategies and practice. PowerPoint practice presentations are accommodated.

Duration: 6 hours
Target group: masters by research and doctoral students with an English speaking background
What to bring: your notes/visuals for presentation

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 6, Thursday 7 & Friday 8 November, 10am-12pm (course no. 6472)
    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: masters by research and doctoral students

Date and location:

  • Monday 2, Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4, Thursday 5 & Friday 6 December, 10am-12pm (course no. 6473)
    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: masters by research and doctoral students
What to bring: the text to be critically reviewed (if possible)

Date and location:

  • Tuesday 5 November, 10am-1pm (course no. 6474)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

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

Register for a workshop online

Postgraduate research program timetable (pdf, 175.4KB)

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.

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

Date and location:

  • Friday 22 November, 10am-12pm and 1-3pm (course no. 6475)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Vocabulary for writing about data

In this workshop you will study examples of the grammar and vocabulary of data commentaries as the basis for writing practice.

Duration: 12 hours
Target group: postgraduate research students - non-English speaking background
What to bring: article from your field and/or draft data description from your writing

Date and location:

  • Monday 2, Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 December, 1-4pm (course no. 6476)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Grammar clinic for editing and proofreading

Practices identifying and correcting common grammatical errors using mixed discipline peer groups.

Duration: 12 hours
Target group: postgraduate research students - non-English speaking background
What to bring: draft of your current writing

Date and location:

  • Monday 18, Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20 & Thursday 21 November, 10am-1pm (course no. 6477)
    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: postgraduate research students - non-English speaking background
What to bring: draft of your current writing

Date and location:

  • Monday 18, Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20 & Thursday 21 November, 2-4pm (course no. 6478)
    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: postgraduate research students - non-English speaking background
What to bring: the text to be critically reviewed (if possible)

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 27 November, 2-5pm (course no. 6479)
    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: postgraduate research students - non-English speaking background
What to bring: draft of your current writing

Date and location:

  • Monday 25 November, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm (course no. 6480)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Oral presentation skills

This three session workshop will cover criteria for successful presentations, performance strategies and practice. PowerPoint practice presentations are accommodated.

Duration: 8 hours/6 hours
Target group: postgraduate research students - non-English speaking background
What to bring: your notes/visuals for presentation

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13, Thursday 14 & Friday 15 November, 10am-12pm (course no. 6481)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)
  • Thursday 28 & Friday 29 November, 10am-1pm (course no. 6482)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Pronunciation skills

Provides practice in identifying and correcting common pronunciation problems in English. Develops methods for improving speaking and pronunciation.

Duration: 12 hours
Target group: postgraduate research students - non-English speaking background
What to bring: your own audio recording device, eg phone, MP3, digital recorder (if possible)

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Monday 11, Wednesday 13, Thursday 14 & Friday 15 November, 1-4pm (course no. 6483)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Discussion skills and working in groups

This workshop provides strategies for effective participation in academic discussion and focused language practice. It helps you set up personal goals for developing your skills.

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

Date and location:

  • Friday 6 December, 1-4pm (course no. 6484)
    Room 722, Education Building (A35)

Cumberland campus

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Oral presentation skills

Duration: 1 hour
Target audience: all students

Time and location:

  • Tuesday 15 October, 12-1pm
    Room T105, T Block

Proofreading and editing your own work

Duration: 1 hour
Target audience: all students

Time and location:

  • Tuesday 22 October, 12-1pm
    Room T105, T Block

Preparing for exams

Duration: 1 hour
Target audience: all students

Time and location:

  • Thursday 24 October, 12-1pm
    Room T105, T Block

Professional communication in health care settings

This workshop will be helpful for students on placement. It covers listening to clients, understanding the self, communicating with other professionals and managing conflict in the workplace.

Duration: 1 hour
Target audience: students attending a placement

Time and location:

  • Tuesday 29 October, 12-1pm
    Room T105, T Block

Quoting, summarising and paraphrasing evidence

Duration: 1 hour
Target audience: all students

Time and location:

  • Tuesday 5 November, 12-1pm
    Room T105, T Block

Register for a workshop online.

Proofreading and editing your own work

Duration: 1 hour
Target audience: higher degree by research students

Time and location:

  • Thursday 31 October, 12-1pm
    Room T105, T Block

HDR writing bootcamp

Duration: 6 hours
Target audience: higher degree by research students

Time and location: to be confirmed.

Learning Centre (Camperdown Campus)

Fax
  • +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
by appointment
Last updated: 09 October 2019

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