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

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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How to Write an Essay

22 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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Developing Academic Arguments

22 Aug 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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Sentence Structure

22 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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Academic Writing for Postgrad ESL Students (2 week workshop)

23 Aug 2017

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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Grammar

23 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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How to Write an Essay

24 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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Paragraphs in Academic Writing

25 Aug 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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How to Give an Oral Presentation

25 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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Advanced Academic Reading

28 Aug 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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How to Give an Oral Presentation

29 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 Write Good Paragraphs

29 Aug 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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Editing Strategies

29 Aug 2017

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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Report Writing

30 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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Writing a Critical Review

31 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

1 Sep 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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How to Write an Essay

5 Sep 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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Paragraphs in Academic Writing

5 Sep 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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Oral Presentations (2 week workshop)

6 Sep 2017

This two-week workshop consists of two sessions. In the first week, the focus will be on oral skills. and the second week will focus on organising presentations and developing presentation skills.

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Writing a Critical Review

6 Sep 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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How to Paraphrase

7 Sep 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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Writing a Literature Review

8 Sep 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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Essay Writing for Postgraduates

12 Sep 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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Grammar Workshop: Articles

13 Sep 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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Academic Writing and Grammar for International PhD Students

14 Sep 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 a Thesis Proposal

15 Sep 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 Workshop: Verbs and Tenses

19 Sep 2017

Using verbs in writing can be intricate, but they convey subtle meanings to the reader. Come to this workshop to learn the messages conveyed by verb tenses - then surprise your readers with your precision.

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Academic Writing for Postgrad ESL Students (2 week workshop)

20 Sep 2017

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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Writing a Literature Review

10 Oct 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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Making Your Voice Heard in Your Thesis Writing

13 Oct 2017

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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Writing a Thesis Proposal

17 Oct 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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Writing Your First Journal Article

19 Oct 2017

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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