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

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

31 Jan 2017 – 31 Jul 2017

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

How to Give an Oral Presentation

29 Mar 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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Referencing: Harvard Style

29 Mar 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 Harvard referencing conventions into all your written tasks. Come along and participate in activities that will sharpen your appreciation of the basic components of citation. You will gain most benefit from this workshop if you bring along some of the texts (readings, journal articles etc) that you are currently using.

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What is Critical Thinking?

30 Mar 2017

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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Paragraphs in Academic Writing

30 Mar 2017

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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Developing Academic Arguments

31 Mar 2017

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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Postgraduate Coursework Day 2017

1 Apr 2017

The Learning Centre invites UNSW postgraduate coursework students to attend a morning of workshops to support them in their academic coursework.

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How to Write Good Paragraphs

3 Apr 2017

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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Advanced Academic Reading

4 Apr 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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Grammar Workshop: Articles

5 Apr 2017

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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Writing a Literature Review

6 Apr 2017

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 a Thesis Proposal

7 Apr 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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Thesis Writing for Art & Design

24 May 2017 – 14 Jun 2017

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