Academic Skills Development Workshops

Academic Skills Development Workshops

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.

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 in order to maintain a fairly informal structure.

Upcoming workshops

Orientation Week - Semester 1, 2018

19 Feb 2018 – 23 Feb 2018

Get your studies off to a flying start!

Orientation is a great time to learn about life on campus. Orientation offer activities and workshops useful for both new and returning students.

How to Write Your First Essay

27 Feb 2018

This workshop introduced students to the key processes in writing an essay at uni.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

How to Reference

27 Feb 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.

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Listening, Reading and Note Taking

28 Feb 2018

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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How to Write an Essay

28 Feb 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 Paraphrase

1 Mar 2018

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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Advanced Academic Reading

1 Mar 2018

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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Writing a Thesis Proposal

1 Mar 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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Essay Writing for Postgraduates

2 Mar 2018

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 Write Your First Essay

6 Mar 2018

This workshop introduced students to the key processes in writing an essay at uni.

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Report Writing

6 Mar 2018

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

7 Mar 2018

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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How to Research for Your Assignments

7 Mar 2018

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.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Listening, Reading and Note Taking

7 Mar 2018

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.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Essay Writing for Postgraduates

8 Mar 2018

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.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

UNSW Careers Expo 2018

8 Mar 2018

Come to the 2018 UNSW Careers Expo to network with employers, discover graduate employment opportunities and learn about your industry.

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How to Write a Critical Review

8 Mar 2018

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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How to Reference

8 Mar 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

9 Mar 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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How to Reference

13 Mar 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

Making Your Voice Heard in Your Thesis Writing

14 Mar 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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Sentence Structure

14 Mar 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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Grammar Workshop: Articles

14 Mar 2018

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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Critical Reading and Writing

15 Mar 2018

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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What is Plagiarism?

15 Mar 2018

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 Write Your First Essay

16 Mar 2018

This workshop introduced students to the key processes in writing an essay at uni.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Grammar

20 Mar 2018

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.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

How to Reference

21 Mar 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 Research for Your Assignments

21 Mar 2018

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.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Reading Critically

21 Mar 2018

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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Report Writing

21 Mar 2018

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.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Writing a Thesis Proposal

22 Mar 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.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Paragraphs in Academic Writing

22 Mar 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

What is Critical Thinking?

22 Mar 2018

This workshop explores what is meant by ‘critical thinking’ at university. It will examine definitions of critical thinking and introduce students to various thinking strategies.

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Developing Academic Arguments

23 Mar 2018

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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Paragraphs in Academic Writing

28 Mar 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

Academic Writing for Postgrad ESL Students (2 week workshop)

28 Mar 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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How to Reference

28 Mar 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

Grammar

28 Mar 2018

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.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

How to paraphrase

29 Mar 2018

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 practice their skills.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

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