Workshops and Courses for Academic Skills Development

The UNSW Learning Centre offers workshop programmes throughout the academic year on a wide variety of academic skills. Some workshops focus on, or explain, different tasks such as essays, oral presentations, reports and research papers. Other workshops help students develop particular skills essential to academic study such as critical thinking, referencing and understanding what plagiarism is.

What students say

"The workshops were informative and also presented in a very simple way...

"The workshops were informative and also presented in a very simple way. The tasks made it easier learn how to apply the skills."

"Kind teachers and rich resources, the skills provided are practical and very useful, very helpful to our assignments."

"It's good to join the workshops as I know that I am not alone and not the only one who has difficulties in doing research. Besides, the experiences the conveners have shared makes study much easier and helped me avoid many mistakes. It is always fruitful to attend these classes."

"There was a good balance between theory and hands-on activities. All lecturers came very well prepared."

"They were of very high quality, pertinent,very well delivered. Not least, they were entertaining and a pleasure to listen to."

"It was a mixture of tips and practical hands on work which I'm sure will be helpful for my masters thesis. I'd like to look into more of these courses."

"Well-constructed with relevant information, great delivery, engaging presenters."

(Comments from Learning Centre Evaluation Surveys)

Upcoming workshops

Learning Centre workshops are designed for undergraduate and postgraduate students. A small selection are also specifically designed for students whose first language is not English. Academic skills workshops are typically one to two hours in duration. Some workshops are run as a series and may be held once a week for two to seven weeks. That is, they are developmental. Others are run as 'once only' workshops. Workshop sizes are usually limited to a maximum of 30 students to maintain a fairly informal structure.

Shut Up and Write' Cafe Meet-ups for HDR Students

Shut Up and Write' Cafe Meet-ups for HDR Students

10 May 2019 – 29 Nov 2019

Join the UNSW Shut up and Write! Get that PhD moving! Get writing! Start the year as you mean to end it – make writing a routine part of your life

When: Fridays 9.30 – 10.30

Where: Courtyard Café, AGSM Building (Upper campus, just near Botany Street gate). See G27 on the map

Winter Careers Expo - Join over 50 employers on campus

Winter Careers Expo - Join over 50 employers on campus

27 Jun 2019

Join over 50 employers on campus in WK4 including; Amazon, Commbank, Optiver, Susquehanna International and Westpac.

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How to Reference

How to Reference

27 Jun 2019

If marks are awarded for correct referencing in your course, then you will want to participate in this workshop which will explore how to incorporate correct referencing conventions into all your written tasks. Come along and participate in activities that will sharpen your appreciation of the basic components of citation.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Advanced Academic Reading

Advanced Academic Reading

27 Jun 2019

The purpose of this workshop is to provide students with ideas and strategies for managing large amounts of reading at a postgraduate level.

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Critical Reading and Writing

Critical Reading and Writing

27 Jun 2019

This workshop will explore how to read to identify the underlying meaning of a text and then how to use this new perspective in your writing.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

What is Plagiarism?

What is Plagiarism?

1 Jul 2019

Are you confused about what plagiarism is? Do you know how to avoid it and why you should? If you want advice on this sometimes confusing subject, come to the class and learn how to eliminate plagiarism from your writing.

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How to Give an Oral Presentation

How to Give an Oral Presentation

2 Jul 2019

This workshop will focus on the key skills for delivering an effective in-class oral presentation, including the importance of developing presentation skills, organising your presentations and delivering a clearly understood speech.

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Writing an Academic Essay

Writing an Academic Essay

3 Jul 2019

This workshop explores the process of essay writing. It will review strategies such as analysing the question to establish a focus, offer helpful planning techniques and show how to develop correct essay structure by organising ideas into a logical sequence.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

How to Give an Oral Presentation

How to Give an Oral Presentation

3 Jul 2019

This workshop will focus on the key skills for delivering an effective in-class oral presentation, including the importance of developing presentation skills, organising your presentations and delivering a clearly understood speech.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Pronunciation: Sounds and Word Stress

Pronunciation: Sounds and Word Stress

4 Jul 2019

This workshop focuses on the sounds of the English language and how to pronounce them effectively. 

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Academic Writing for Postgrad ESL Students (2 week workshop)

Academic Writing for Postgrad ESL Students (2 week workshop)

4 Jul 2019 – 11 Jul 2019

This two-week workshop is for students whose second language is English and who write competently in terms of grammar and sentence structure, but would like to develop their academic writing. The class focuses on the purpose, structure and style of various kinds of academic writing.

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Pronunciation: Sounds and Word Stress

Pronunciation: Sounds and Word Stress

4 Jul 2019

This workshop focuses on the sounds of the English language and how to pronounce them effectively. 

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Writing Your First Journal Article

Writing Your First Journal Article

5 Jul 2019

Research students are increasingly being encouraged to publish during their candidature. This workshop run by a journal editor considers the basics of article writing and getting published. For Postgraduate Research students.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

 

Editing Strategies

Editing Strategies

8 Jul 2019

This workshop examines both broad and narrow - focused strategies for editing an assignment. Editing for meaning will be discussed as well as the ability to identify the most common grammatical mistakes and errors in punctuation. Students will be able to practise these skills so they can them apply them to their own work.

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Report Writing

Report Writing

9 Jul 2019

This workshop aims to provide students with an understanding of the structure of a university report. It will examine various sections of a report, and technical language.

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Writing Summaries and Paraphrases

Writing Summaries and Paraphrases

10 Jul 2019

Summary writing and paraphrasing are essential skills for writing at university. In this workshop, we shall go through the basics of these skills with exercises.

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Critical Reading and Writing

Critical Reading and Writing

10 Jul 2019

This workshop will explore how to read to identify the underlying meaning of a text and then how to use this new perspective in your writing.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

How to Give an Oral Presentation

How to Give an Oral Presentation

11 Jul 2019

This workshop will focus on the key skills for delivering an effective in-class oral presentation, including the importance of developing presentation skills, organising your presentations and delivering a clearly understood speech.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

How to Reference

How to Reference

12 Jul 2019

If marks are awarded for correct referencing in your course, then you will want to participate in this workshop which will explore how to incorporate correct referencing conventions into all your written tasks. Come along and participate in activities that will sharpen your appreciation of the basic components of citation.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Sentence Structure: The Basics

Sentence Structure: The Basics

15 Jul 2019

This workshop will look at the components of a sentence and how to organise them in a grammatically correct way.

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Grammar Workshop: Verbs and Tenses

Grammar Workshop: Verbs and Tenses

16 Jul 2019

Using verbs in writing can be intricate, but they convey subtle meanings to the reader. Come to this workshop to learn the messages conveyed by verb tenses - then surprise your readers with your precision.

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Advanced Academic Reading

Advanced Academic Reading

17 Jul 2019

The purpose of this workshop is to provide students with ideas and strategies for managing large amounts of reading at a postgraduate level.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

How to Research for Your Assignments

How to Research for Your Assignments

17 Jul 2019

This workshop deals specifically with the early steps in the process of essay and assignment writing, giving students practical strategies to deal with analysing essay/assignment questions; formulating a thesis or point of view; choosing keywords and using catalogues/databases to find relevant research materials. This workshop will benefit first-year students, or anyone who feels that their research process needs focus and direction.

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Pronunciation: Rhythm and Intonation

Pronunciation: Rhythm and Intonation

18 Jul 2019

Rhythm and intonation are central to effective communication. In this workshop you will familiarise yourselves with these areas of pronunciation and practise applying them in your spoken English.

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Grammar Workshop: Articles

Grammar Workshop: Articles

18 Jul 2019

Articles can be quite troublesome for some writers. It is important to understand how they are used so your writing and presentations say exactly what you mean.

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Pronunciation: Rhythm and Intonation

Pronunciation: Rhythm and Intonation

18 Jul 2019

Rhythm and intonation are central to effective communication. In this workshop you will familiarise yourselves with these areas of pronunciation and practise applying them in your spoken English.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

How to Reference

How to Reference

22 Jul 2019

If marks are awarded for correct referencing in your course, then you will want to participate in this workshop which will explore how to incorporate correct referencing conventions into all your written tasks. Come along and participate in activities that will sharpen your appreciation of the basic components of citation.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

How to Give an Oral Presentation

How to Give an Oral Presentation

23 Jul 2019

This workshop will focus on the key skills for delivering an effective in-class oral presentation, including the importance of developing presentation skills, organising your presentations and delivering a clearly understood speech.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

How to Write a Critical Review

How to Write a Critical Review

23 Jul 2019

A critical review is a writing task that asks you to summarise and evaluate a text, which can be a book, a chapter, or a journal article. This workshop will examine the basic structure of a critical review and focus on developing skills such as critical analysis and summary writing.

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Developing Academic Arguments

Developing Academic Arguments

24 Jul 2019

This workshop will discuss several ways to build an academic argument. In doing this it will examine a number of paragraphs produced by students. Topics to be covered include the importance of good notes, the language of academic arguments and how to make your arguments sufficiently deep.

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 How to Write Good Paragraphs

How to Write Good Paragraphs

24 Jul 2019

This workshop focuses on writing well-structured, cohesive paragraphs. It discusses the components of an academic paragraph, which include topic sentences, the elaboration of your points through the use of evidence, and concluding sentences. Emphasis will be placed on how these elements both develop and clarify your academic argument.

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Writing Your First Journal Article

Writing Your First Journal Article

25 Jul 2019

Research students are increasingly being encouraged to publish during their candidature. This workshop run by a journal editor considers the basics of article writing and getting published. For Postgraduate Research students.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

 

Reflective Writing

Reflective Writing

25 Jul 2019

Many uni assignments involve a reflective component. This workshop will look at the purpose and conventions of reflective writing at university. We will discuss different kinds of reflection as well as writing style.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

How to Write a Critical Review

How to Write a Critical Review

26 Jul 2019

A critical review is a writing task that asks you to summarise and evaluate a text, which can be a book, a chapter, or a journal article. This workshop will examine the basic structure of a critical review and focus on developing skills such as critical analysis and summary writing.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Editing Strategies

Editing Strategies

29 Jul 2019

This workshop examines both broad and narrow - focused strategies for editing an assignment. Editing for meaning will be discussed as well as the ability to identify the most common grammatical mistakes and errors in punctuation. Students will be able to practise these skills so they can them apply them to their own work.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

How to Reference

How to Reference

30 Jul 2019

If marks are awarded for correct referencing in your course, then you will want to participate in this workshop which will explore how to incorporate correct referencing conventions into all your written tasks. Come along and participate in activities that will sharpen your appreciation of the basic components of citation.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Reflective Writing

Reflective Writing

30 Jul 2019

Many uni assignments involve a reflective component. This workshop will look at the purpose and conventions of reflective writing at university. We will discuss different kinds of reflection as well as writing style.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Writing an Academic Essay

Writing an Academic Essay

31 Jul 2019

This workshop explores the process of essay writing. It will review strategies such as analysing the question to establish a focus, offer helpful planning techniques and show how to develop correct essay structure by organising ideas into a logical sequence.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Critical Reading and Writing

Critical Reading and Writing

31 Jul 2019

This workshop will explore how to read to identify the underlying meaning of a text and then how to use this new perspective in your writing.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Editing Strategies

Editing Strategies

1 Aug 2019

This workshop examines both broad and narrow - focused strategies for editing an assignment. Editing for meaning will be discussed as well as the ability to identify the most common grammatical mistakes and errors in punctuation. Students will be able to practise these skills so they can them apply them to their own work.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

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