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

Orientation Week

20 Feb 2017 – 24 Feb 2017

Get your studies off to a flying start.

Orientation is a great time to learn about life on campus. Held from Monday 20 - Friday 24 February 2017, we offer activities and workshops useful for both new and returning students.

How to Write Your First Essay

28 Feb 2017

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

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Listening, Reading and Note Taking

28 Feb 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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How to Reference

28 Feb 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.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Advanced Academic Reading

1 Mar 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 Write Your First Essay

2 Mar 2017

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

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Essay Writing for Postgraduates

3 Mar 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.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Listening, Reading and Note Taking

6 Mar 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.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

How to Research for Your Assignments

6 Mar 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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How to Write Your First Essay

7 Mar 2017

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

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Report Writing

7 Mar 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 Reference

8 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 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

Writing Summaries and Paraphrases

8 Mar 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

9 Mar 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.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

How to Write Your First Essay

10 Mar 2017

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

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Essay Writing for Postgraduates

10 Mar 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.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

How to Research for Your Assignments

13 Mar 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.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

What is Plagiarism?

13 Mar 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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Sentence Structure

15 Mar 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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Writing a Critical Review

15 Mar 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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Developing Your Academic Writing

16 Mar 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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Writing Summaries and Paraphrases

16 Mar 2017

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

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

How to Write an Essay

17 Mar 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.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

How to Give an Oral Presentation

17 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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How to Reference

20 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 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 Write an Essay

20 Mar 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.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

How to Read Critically

21 Mar 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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Grammar

21 Mar 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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Editing Strategies

22 Mar 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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How to Research for Your Assignments

23 Mar 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.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Writing Summaries and Paraphrases

24 Mar 2017

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

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Thesis Writing for Art & Design

24 May 2017 – 14 Jun 2017

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