Workshops and Courses for Academic Skills Development

The UNSW Learning Centre offers workshop programmes throughout Semesters 1 and 2 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

7 Aug 2018 – 4 Dec 2018

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: Tuesdays 9.30 – 10.30

Where: Point Café,  AGSM Building (Upper campus, just near Botany Street gate)

Making Your Voice Heard in Your Thesis Writing

Making Your Voice Heard in Your Thesis Writing

19 Sep 2018

This workshop will focus on the writing techniques that will help to develop a stronger voice in your academic writing, and put your arguments more effectively.

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Academic Writing for Postgrad ESL Students (2 week workshop)

Academic Writing for Postgrad ESL Students (2 week workshop)

19 Sep 2018 – 26 Sep 2018

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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Editing Strategies

Editing Strategies

20 Sep 2018

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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How to Write Good Paragraphs

How to Write Good Paragraphs

20 Sep 2018

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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Thesis Writing for Engineering (four week workshop)

Thesis Writing for Engineering (four week workshop)

21 Sep 2018 – 19 Oct 2018

A series of four workshops on how to organise an engineering thesis chapters, how to increase the readability of your thesis, and how to include a clear argument in a thesis. Advice on the writing processes and writing strategies is covered. 

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How to Write Good Paragraphs

How to Write Good Paragraphs

2 Oct 2018

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.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Making Your Voice Heard in Your Thesis Writing

Making Your Voice Heard in Your Thesis Writing

2 Oct 2018

This workshop will focus on the writing techniques that will help to develop a stronger voice in your academic writing, and put your arguments more effectively.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

How to Write an Essay

How to Write an Essay

3 Oct 2018

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.

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How to Give an Oral Presentation

How to Give an Oral Presentation

3 Oct 2018

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 a Critical Review

Writing a Critical Review

4 Oct 2018

If you need to know how to write a critical review, this workshop examines the basic structure, and focuses on developing skills such as critical analysis and summary writing.

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Sentence Structure: The Basics

Sentence Structure: The Basics

4 Oct 2018

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

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How to Write an Essay

How to Write an Essay

9 Oct 2018

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.

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Writing a Literature Review

Writing a Literature Review

9 Oct 2018

This introductory workshop will examine the purpose of a literature review, possible approaches that may be taken when writing it and the different kinds of structures that can be used.

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Writing Your First Journal Article

Writing Your First Journal Article

11 Oct 2018

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.

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Editing Strategies

Editing Strategies

11 Oct 2018

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

11 Oct 2018

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

12 Oct 2018

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

Writing a Thesis Proposal

Writing a Thesis Proposal

16 Oct 2018

In this workshop students will be introduced to two different aspects of a thesis proposal: what it looks like and how to get there.

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How to Reference

How to Reference

17 Oct 2018

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

Thesis Writing for Art & Design

Thesis Writing for Art & Design

23 Oct 2018 – 13 Nov 2018

Understanding, Support, Clarity for writing a thesis in Art & Design