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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 March/April program 2020 (pdf, 212KB)

Introduction to critical reading

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

Duration: 3 hours
Target audience: undergraduates
What to bring: an example of course reading

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Monday 9 March, 12-3pm (course no. 6513)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Friday 20 March, 3pm-6pm (course no. 6514)
    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 audience: senior undergraduates (3rd year onwards)
What to bring: a journal article from field of study

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Monday 9 March, 3-6pm (course no. 6515)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Friday 27 March, 2-5pm (course no. 6516)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Monday 20 April, 2-5pm (course no. 6517)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Reading for effective notetaking

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

Duration: 3 hours
Target audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students
What to bring: an example of course reading

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Wednesday 4 March, 4-7pm (course no. 6518)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Monday 16 March, 9am-12pm (course no. 6519
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Foundations of grammar

This course looks at 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 audience: all students
What to bring: a sample of your own writing

Date and location:

  • Tuesday 17, 24, 31 March and 7 April, 2-4pm (course no. 6520)
    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 audience: students who have successfully completed Foundations of grammar or a grammar diagnostic test
What to bring: a sample of your own writing

Date and location:

  • Monday 16, 23, 30 March and 6 April, 5-7pm (course no. 6521)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Essay writing

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

Duration: 12 hours
Target audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Tuesday 10, 17, 24, 31 March, 4-7pm (course no. 6522)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Wednesday 11, 18, 25 March and 1 April, 11am-2pm (course no. 6523)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Thursday 12, 19, 26 March and 2 April, 1-4pm (course no. 6524)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Friday 13, 20, 27 March and 3 April, 9am-12pm (course no. 6525)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Saturday 21 and 28 March, 10am-5pm (course no. 6526)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15, Thursday 16, Friday 17 April, 2-5pm (course no. 6527)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Register for a workshop online

Download a copy of the March/April program 2020 (pdf, 212KB)

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 audience: masters by research and doctoral students
What to bring: sample proposal from your department (if available)

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Wednesday 25 March, 2-5pm (course no. 6578)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Wednesday 22 April, 1-4pm (course no. 6579)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

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.

Duration: 3 hours
Target audience: masters by research and doctoral students (early stages)

Date and location:

  • Monday 16 March, 12-3pm (course no. 6580)
    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 audience: doctoral students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Tuesday 10 March, 1-4pm (course no. 6581)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Wednesday 15 April, 10am-1pm (course no. 6582)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Thursday 23 April, 1-4pm (course no. 6583)
    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 audience: masters by research and doctoral student
What to bring: 4 or 5 research articles relevant to topic, literature review from own field

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Saturday 14 March, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm (course no. 6584)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Friday 24 April, 10am-1pm & 2-5pm (course no. 6585)
    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.

Target audience: doctoral and masters by research students
Required: to attend this workshop you first need to complete the Learning Centre’s online OLE 'Writing a literature review’ as this 3 hour face to face workshop builds on ideas presented in the OLE.
To locate the OLE component log into Canvas, then follow the links in this order:

  1. OLE (on the left hand side bar)
  2. enrol in units
  3. foundational and advanced communication skills
  4. writing a literature review

What to bring: 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:

  • Tuesday 25 February, 12-3pm (course no. 6586)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Preparing for postgraduate study - coursework

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

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

Date and location:

  • Monday 23 March 12-2pm (course no. 6587)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Writing coursework assignments

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

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

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Friday 6 March, 9am-12pm (course no. 6588)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Friday 3 April, 3-6pm (course no. 6589)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Saturday 18 April, 2-5pm (course no. 6590)
    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 audience: masters by coursework students
What to bring: 2 articles for a current coursework assignment

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Monday 24 February, 10am-1pm (course no. 6591)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Friday 6 March, 1-4pm (course no. 6592)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Wednesday 8 April, 2-5pm (course no. 6593)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Register for a workshop online.

Download a copy of the Honours program 2020 (pdf, 142KB)

Managing the honours year 

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

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: honours students in the first semester of their honours year.
What to bring: time lines 

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Wednesday 26 February, 10am-12pm (course no. 6602)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Tuesday 10 March, 11am-1pm (course no. 6603)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Writing the honours proposal 

Provides models and guidelines for writing a thesis proposal.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: honours students about to write their proposal
What to bring: draft of sections of proposal

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Wednesday 26 February, 1-3pm (course no. 6604)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Tuesday 10 March, 9am-11am (course no. 6605)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Overview of an honours thesis 

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

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: honours students in the first semester of their honours year
What to bring: content page/thesis outline

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Thursday 27 February, 1-3pm (course no. 6606)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Wednesday 11 March, 9-11am (course no. 6607)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

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 audience: honours students 

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 11 March, 2-4pm (course no. 6608)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Developing the thesis argument

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

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: honours students in the writing process
What to bring: if possible, draft of sections of the middle part of the thesis

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Friday 28 February, 11-1pm (course no. 6609)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Thursday 12 March, 9-11am (course no. 6610)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Writing introductions, conclusions and abstracts 

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

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: honours students in the writing process
What to bring: if possible, draft introduction, conclusion and abstract

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Friday 28 February, 2-4pm (course no. 6611)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Thursday 12 March, 11-1pm (course no. 6612)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

 

Register for a workshop online.

Download a copy of the March/April program 2020 (pdf, 212KB)

These workshops cover the same areas as the twelve hour essay workshop, therefore either enrol in the twelve hour workshop or in the short workshops below, not both.

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 audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Monday 2 March, 1-3pm (course no. 6528)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Monday 16 March, 3-5pm (course no. 6529)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Wednesday 25 March, 9-11am (course no. 6530)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Friday 27 March, 12-2pm (course no. 6531)
    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 audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Monday 2 March, 9am-12pm (course no. 6532)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Saturday 7 March, 10am-1pm (course no. 6533)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Thursday 27 February, 9am-12pm (course no. 6534)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Wednesday 1 April, 4-7pm (course no. 6535)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Tuesday 21 April, 2-5pm (course no. 6536)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Planning an assignment

Covers the planning and structure of written assignments.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Monday 2 March, 3-5pm (course no. 6537)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Wednesday 18 March, 9-11am (course no. 6538)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Monday 30 March, 10am-12pm (course no. 6539)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Monday 6 April, 9-11am (course no. 6540)
    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 audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Tuesday 3 March, 9-11am (course no. 6541)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Monday 30 March, 12pm-2pm (course no. 6542)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Wednesday 1 April, 9-11am (course no. 6543)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Tuesday 7 April, 9-11am (course no. 6544)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

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.

Duration: 3 hours
Target audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Tuesday 3 March, 12-3pm (course no. 6545)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Thursday 5 March, 9am-12pm (course no. 6546)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Friday 13 March, 12-3pm (course no. 6547)
    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 audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Tuesday 3 March, 4-7pm (course no. 6548)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Thursday 5 March, 1-4pm (course no. 6549)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Saturday 7 March, 2-5pm (course no. 6550)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Thursday 9 April, 11am-2pm (course no. 6551)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Writing in an academic style

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

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: all students
What to bring: draft of current writing

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Thursday 5 March, 4-6pm (course no. 6552)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Wednesday 18 March, 2-4pm (course no. 6553)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Monday 6 April, 11am-1pm (course no. 6554)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Wednesday 22 April, 10am-12noon (course no. 6555)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Writing a critical review of a journal article

Covers developing and demonstrating a critical perspective in a critical review of a journal article. Includes examples, language features and writing practice.

Duration:3 hours
Target audience: undergraduates and postgraduate students (coursework/research)
What to bring: if possible, an article to be critically reviewed

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 8 April, 9am-12pm (course no. 6556)
    Room 722 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 audience: undergraduates (3rd year onwards) and postgraduate students (coursework/research)

Date and location:

  • Tuesday 25 February, 9am-12pm (course no. 6557)
    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 (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 audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Monday 9 March, 9am-12pm (course no. 6558)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Friday 13 March, 3-6pm (course no. 6559)
    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: 3 hours
Target audience: all students
What to bring: draft of writing

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Wednesday 11 March, 4-7pm (course no. 6560)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Monday 30 March, 2-5pm (course no. 6561)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Friday 3 April, 12-3pm (course no. 6562)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

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 audience: all students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Wednesday 4 March, 9am-12pm (course no. 6563)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Monday 23 March, 9am-12pm (course no. 6564)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Saturday 18 April, 10am-1pm (course no. 6565)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Thursday 23 April, 10am-1pm (course no. 6566)
    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 audience: all students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Friday 6 March, 4-6pm (course no. 6567)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Tuesday 21 April, 9-11am (course no. 6568)
    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 audience: all students

Date and location:

  • Thursday 9 April, 2-6pm (course no. 6569)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Register for a workshop online.

Download a copy of the March/April program 2020 (pdf, 212KB)

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.

Duration: 2 hours 
Target audience: all students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Thursday 12 March, 1-3pm (course no. 6570)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Wednesday 18 March, 4-6pm (course no. 6571)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Wednesday 1 April, 2-4pm (course no. 6572)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35) 
  • Tuesday 21 April, 12-2pm (course no. 6573)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Register for a workshop online.

Download a copy of the March/April program 2020 (pdf, 212KB)

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

Target audience: all students (each course is aimed at a different cohort)

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Tuesday 17, 24, 31 March, 9-11am (course no. 6574) 
    Undergraduate English speaking background students
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Tuesday 17, 24, 31 March, 12-2pm (course no. 6575)
    Postgraduate English speaking background students
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Thursday 19, 26 March and 2 April, 11am-1pm (course no. 6576)
    Postgraduate non English speaking background students
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Register for a workshop online.

Download a copy of the March/April program 2020 (pdf, 212KB)

W.E.L.L stands for 'Workshops for English language and learning' for non English speaking background students

Writing in an academic style 

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

Duration: 6 hours
Target audience: all students
What to bring: a draft of current writing

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Thursday 19, 26 March and 2 April, 4-6pm (course no. 6594)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Introduction to critical reading

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

Duration: 3 hours
Target audience: undergraduates
What to bring: an example of course reading

Date and location (choose one option): 

  • Wednesday 4 March, 1-4pm (course no. 6595) 
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)
  • Monday 20 April 10am-1pm (course no 6596)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Reading strategies

Practises basic strategies of skimming and scanning.

Duration: 3 hours
Target audience: undergraduates 

Date and location: 

  • Friday 20 March, 12-3pm (course no. 6597) 
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Reading for effective notetaking

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

Duration: 3 hours
Target audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students 
What to bring: an example of course reading

Date and location: 

  • Monday 23 March, 2-5pm (course no. 6598) 
    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: 6 hours 
Target audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students
What to bring: a draft of current writing 

Date and location: 

  • Saturday 4 April, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm (course no. 6599)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Discussions 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 audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students 

Date and location: 

  • Monday 6 April, 2-5pm (Course no. 6600)
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

Pronunciation skills

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

Duration: 12 hours
Target audience: all students
What to bring: if possible, your own audio recording device, eg phone, MP3 or digital recorder 

Date and location: 

  • Tuesday 14, Thursday 16, Friday 17 April, 10-12pm 
    Room 722 Education Building (A35)

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