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.

Listening, Reading and Note Taking

26 Jul 2017

This workshop helps students develop critical listening skills so that more effective notes can be produced during lectures and tutorials. Reading strategies and efficient note taking will also be discussed.

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Advanced Academic Reading

26 Jul 2017

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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Essay Writing for Undergraduates

27 Jul 2017

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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Essay Writing for Postgraduates

28 Jul 2017

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

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Listening, Reading and Note Taking

31 Jul 2017

This workshop helps students develop critical listening skills so that more effective notes can be produced during lectures and tutorials. Reading strategies and efficient note taking will also be discussed.

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Essay Writing for Undergraduates

1 Aug 2017

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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Report Writing

1 Aug 2017

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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How to Research for Your Assignments

1 Aug 2017

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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Writing Summaries and Paraphrases

1 Aug 2017

Summary writing and paraphrasing are essential skills for writing at university. Please bring your own texts to work on during this workshop.

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Essay Writing for Postgraduates

1 Aug 2017

This workshop explores the process of essay writing at Postgraduate level. It will review strategies such as analysing the question to establish 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 Reference

2 Aug 2017

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.

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How to Paraphrase

3 Aug 2017

Paraphrasing from academic texts are essential skills for writing at university. This workshop will outline the basic techniques and will provide students with an opportunity to practise their skills.

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How to Give an Oral Presentation

4 Aug 2017

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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How to Give an Oral Presentation

8 Aug 2017

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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Paraphrasing and Summarising

8 Aug 2017

Summary writing and paraphrasing from academic texts are essential skills for writing at university. This workshop will outline the basic techniques and will provide students with an opportunity to practise their skills.

Date Tuesday 8 August 2017

Time 3pm - 4.30pm

For Undergraduates and Postgraduates

Venue Library Seminar Room 208

Sentence Structure

9 Aug 2017

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

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What is Plagiarism?

9 Aug 2017

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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Writing a Critical Review

10 Aug 2017

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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Critical Reading and Writing

11 Aug 2017

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.

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Developing Your Academic Writing

11 Aug 2017

This workshop will examine the features of clear and effective academic writing, and discuss how to make it appropriate for your discipline.

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How to Research for Your Assignments

15 Aug 2017

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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Writing a Thesis Proposal

15 Aug 2017

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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Grammar

15 Aug 2017

This workshop will focus on various strategies to further develop your use of grammar in editing and proofreading your writing. It will also identify the most common grammatical mistakes made by students.

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Essay Writing for Postgraduates

15 Aug 2017

This workshop explores the process of essay writing at Postgraduate level. It will review strategies such as analysing the question to establish 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 Reference

16 Aug 2017

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.

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Reading Critically

16 Aug 2017

This workshop focuses on how to develop practices of critical reading. It breaks down elements of the reading process and identifies structures that will help with both comprehension and analysis. It will also stress the importance of evaluating your reading materials.

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Academic Writing and Grammar for International PhD Students

17 Aug 2017

This workshop aims to help PhD students who do not speak English as their first language with key academic writing tools to improve their thesis writing.

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Writing Summaries and Paraphrases

18 Aug 2017

Summary writing and paraphrasing are essential skills for writing at university. Please bring your own texts to work on during this workshop.

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