Academic Skills Workshops

Academic Skills Workshops

Academic Skills workshops

UNSW Academic Skills offers a range of workshops throughout the academic year. 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.

Academic Skills workshops are designed for undergraduate and postgraduate students. A small selection are also specifically designed for students whose first language is not English. Check back here regularly as our timetables are always being updated. 

Upcoming Workshops - 'Study Hacks'

Study Hacks are a series of workshops that we will be presenting for new and returning students. These virtual sessions will familiarise you with everything the Library and Academic Services have to offer and help you develop key skills you need to succeed at UNSW.

Study Hacks | Referencing

Study Hacks | Referencing

8 Jun 2021 – 23 Jun 2021

Referencing is important for so many reasons: showing your lecturers the work you've done, respecting and acknowledging others' ideas and avoiding plagiarism.

Join Academic Skills and the Library for a workshop on the why and how of referencing. 

Tuesday 8 June | 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Wednesday 23 June | 1:00pm – 2:00pm

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Study Hacks | Introduction to academic writing

Study Hacks | Introduction to academic writing

9 Jun 2021 – 22 Jun 2021

Writing at uni presents many exciting challenges.

This workshop is a good introduction to understanding the practical elements of academic writing, as well as to learn about the rules about academic integrity, and how to write well by developing your academic voice.

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Study Hacks | Introduction to smarthinking

Study Hacks | Introduction to smarthinking

10 Jun 2021 – 25 Jun 2021

This session will introduce you to Smarthinking - an online writing support platform, which can help you with your written assignments.

If you want to find out more about this platform, how to use it and receive valuable feedback on your writing from professionals, join us for this session hosted by the UNSW Smarthinking Team.

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Study Hacks | Introduction to Smarthinking

Study Hacks | Introduction to Smarthinking

10 Jun 2021 – 25 Jun 2021

This session will introduce you to Smarthinking - an online writing support platform, which can help you with your written assignments.

If you want to find out more about this platform, how to use it and receive valuable feedback on your writing from professionals, join us for this session hosted by the UNSW Smarthinking Team.

Thursday 10 June | 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Friday 25 June | 11:00am – 12:00pm

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Study Hacks | Essay writing

Study Hacks | Essay writing

15 Jun 2021 – 28 Jun 2021

Essay writing often seems like a confusing process.

In this workshop we will unpack important myths about essay writing, and let you know what markers are looking for, and some practical approaches to writing a university essay.

Tuesday 15 June | 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Monday 28 June | 1:00pm – 2:00pm

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Study Hacks | Critical thinking

Study Hacks | Critical thinking

16 Jun 2021 – 29 Jun 2021

We all think, but do we think critically?

Studying at uni is built on the idea of thinking critically in class discussions, researching and writing assignments. We will discuss ways to develop your ability to think critically, and to enjoy the process of challenging yourself and your knowledge.

Wednesday 16 June | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Tuesday 29 June | 12:00pm – 1:00pm

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Study Hacks | Presentations

Study Hacks | Presentations

17 Jun 2021 – 2 Jul 2021

Do you ever feel nervous before giving a spoken presentation?

This workshop offers a short introduction to some quick ways to organise your ideas, practise your speaking and body gestures, and gain confidence in an academic environment.

Thursday 17 June | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Friday 2 July | 11:00am – 12:00pm

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Study Hacks | Report writing

Study Hacks | Report writing

18 Jun 2021 – 30 Jun 2021

Every time we see the news, there are reports about all parts of the economy and society. All degrees have reports as assessments.

This workshop will help you understand the basics of report writing, the structure and ways to get it done.

Friday 18 June | 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Wednesday 30 June | 1:00pm – 2:00pm

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Study Hacks | Enhancing your research with browser plugins

Study Hacks | Enhancing your research with browser plugins

24 Jun 2021, 2:00pm – 24 Jun 2021, 3:00pm

Learn how to enhance your research and find the full-text of articles fast.

In this session you'll learn how to download and install browser plugins to assist you with searches both inside and outside of UNSW Library resources.

We'll also show you how to link Google Scholar to the UNSW Library collection, to get quick and easy access to our subscription resources. We will also have plenty of time to answer any questions you may have.

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Study Hacks | Finding grey literature: reports, policies, government publications and so much more

Study Hacks | Finding grey literature: reports, policies, government publications and so much more

1 Jul 2021, 2:00pm – 1 Jul 2021, 3:00pm

Never heard of grey literature? You're not alone. Grey literature is the name given to all non-commercially published material, like reports, policies, government publications, statistics, theses and so much more.

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