Take advantage of workshops, tuition and online resources to strengthen your study skills and build your knowledge and confidence in class.
We can help you build essential skills for success at university.
ITAS is available to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergraduate students, and postgraduate coursework students on a case-by-case basis.
For more information, including eligibility criteria and how to submit your forms, read our ITAS student guidelines, see our page about Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, or contact:
Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme Coordinator
Phone: +61 2 8627 8650
Every year, the Learning Centre runs hundreds of workshops open to students across all faculties and disciplines. Last year, more than 1600 students attended a workshop. Most are aimed at undergraduates and first-year students but we also have support for honours and postgraduate students.
Central workshops are an intensive two-to-three hours of breaking down an academic skill, such as critical reading, collating research or developing an argument. We encourage you to come with practical examples that can be used during the class.
We also offer new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a two-week workshop at the start of semester. You’ll develop critical learning skills in time management, essay writing, research and analysis.
Cadigal program entrants are automatically pre-enrolled in this workshop. If you’re not a Cadigal student but would still like to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Yooroang Garang (Health Sciences students).
The next Academic Skills workshop runs from 13 to 24 February 2017.
The Learning Centre provides one-to-one student consultation and advice. If you’re new to studying or returning to it after a considerable length of time, take advantage of their diagnostic tools to assess your academic skills.
At a faculty-level, there are various programs to help students of the same cohort connect and share resources. The University of Sydney Business School runs PASS (peer-assisted study sessions) for challenging core subjects in business and law.
Use time-management tools to create reminders for upcoming deadlines, develop to-do lists, and structure a daily and weekly planner as well as a long-term planner that works for you.
Your lecturers will prescribe due dates, and it can be helpful to set your own schedule for starting and finishing work so you can spread your workload and avoid ‘bottlenecks’.
It's easy to put off independent study – make a timetable and decide when to read, do seminar preparation or work on assignments.
Everyone gravitates towards the tasks that they enjoy first, but it’s better to prioritise assignments based on how heavily weighted they are, or how long they’re likely to take.
It can be hard to stay motivated, so use many small, achievable goals ("finish reading this chapter", "write my introduction", "check my references") rather than big ones ("write my essay").
If your timetable is full and you have no time to study, consider dropping some social commitments or rethinking your employment situation. Rework your timetable to provide adequate breaks between classes.
If you need to work to support yourself, be realistic about what you can manage.
If you are struggling to meet the requirements of your course by the census date (week 4 of semester) consider reducing your study load. Workloads increase as the semester progresses.
Our Summer and Winter Schools can help you make up for courses if you've had to withdraw.
Skills you’ll need to meet the academic standards of your course include:
Counselling and Psychological Services offers resources to help you develop emotional skills that cover a range of lifestyle and wellbeing concerns, such as:
Other student services such as our Scholarships and Financial Support Service, Multifaith Chaplaincy, Student Accommodation Services, Disability Services and the University's Health Service can help you manage any other aspects of your life that may interfere with or impact upon your studies.
Seek assistance as soon as you become aware of any difficulties or the need for additional support.
The Learning Centre website has answers to the most common issues undergraduate students face, so you can access support any time of day without being on campus.
More than 80 handouts, modules and units are available in the online resources section. Topics focus on:
Faculty and academic staff work with the centre to develop targeted sites for specific academic skills:
Another online support tool is your Learning Management System, also called Blackboard (available through MyUni). Take advantage of the student discussion forum. If you’re struggling with a particular assignment or task, there’s a good chance other students are too.