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Learning Centre workshops

We offer 62 different workshops which run throughout the year, including during semester breaks. Workshops are free of charge and will be held online via Zoom.

Workshops are intensive two hour sessions, with some running over several weeks. In these workshops, you'll develop specific areas such as critical reading, research writing or developing an argument.

All workshops and student consultations will be held online via Zoom in 2020. 

To get the most out of workshops, bring examples of your work that you can use in the session.

Camperdown Campus

Register for a workshop online.

Download a copy of the May program 2020 (pdf, 212KB)

Essay writing

Covers characteristics of persuasive analytical essays for social science and humanities. Focuses on developing an analytical argument and incorporating evidence.

Duration: 8 hours
Target audience: all students

Date and location:

  • Friday 8, 15, 22, and 29 May, 2-4pm (course no. 6805)

Proof reading and editing your own work

Focuses on strategies for proof reading and editing at both paragraph and sentence level. Students will identify and correct errors in their own writing.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students
What to bring: a draft of your current writing

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Monday 4 May, 12-2pm (course no. 6810) 
  • Thursday 7 May, 12-2pm (course no. 6811) 
  • Friday 8 May, 12-2pm (course no. 6812) 
  • Monday 11 May, 12-2pm (course no. 6813) 
  • Tuesday 12 May, 12-2pm (course no. 6814) 
  • Thursday 14 May, 12-2pm (course no. 6815) 
  • Friday 15 May, 12-2pm (course no. 6816) 
  • Monday 18 May, 12-2pm (course no. 6817) 
  • Wednesday 20 May, 12-2pm (course no. 6818) 
  • Thursday 21 May, 12-2pm (course no. 6819)

Critical thinking 

Considers what it means to think critically, offers a step-by-step perspective on critical thinking, includes practice in thinking critically about a text in your own discipline.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: all students
What to bring: a reading (article or book chapter) from a discipline you are studying

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Monday 4 May, 2-4pm (course no. 6820) 
  • Wednesday 27 May, 10am-12pm (course no. 6821)

Critical reading of research articles 

Covers interpreting and asking critical questions about a text and its subject matter.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: senior undergraduates (3rd year onwards), masters and doctoral students
What to bring: a journal article from your field of study

Date and location:

  • Monday 18 May, 2-4pm (course no. 6822)

Foundations of grammar

This course looks at four basic areas of English grammar (sentence structure, verb groups, verb tenses and noun groups) from the point of view of the academic reader and writer. It will build your understanding of grammatical terminology and description.

Duration: 6 hours
Target audience: all students
What to bring: a sample of your own writing

Date and location:

  • Thursday 7, 14, 21 May , 9-11am (course no. 6823)

Functional grammar for academic writing

Builds on the workshop 'Foundations of grammar' and looks at expressing meaning through grammatical choices in academic writing.

Duration: 6 hours
Target audience: students who have successfully completed the workshop 'Foundations of grammar' or a grammar diagnostic test
What to bring: a sample of your own writing

Date and location:

  • Friday 8, 15, 22 May, 9-11am (course no. 6824)

Language strategies for referring to evidence

Focuses on the range of grammatical structures, reporting verbs and tenses that are available, and presents guidelines for choosing appropriately.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: all students

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 13 May, 1-3pm (course no. 6825)

Quoting, summarising and paraphrasing evidence

Helps you to identify the differences between quoting and reporting, and gives practice in language strategies to help avoid plagiarism.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: all students

Date and location (choose one):

  • Tuesday 5 May, 10am-12pm (course no. 6826)
  • Friday 15 May, 12-2pm (course no. 6827)
  • Wednesday 20 May, 2-4pm (course no. 6828)

Writing in an academic style (English speaking background students)

Focuses on some of the characteristics of successful academic writing across all disciplines, e.g. formality, objectivity, conciseness and impersonality.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: undergraduates, masters by coursework students (English speaking background students)
What to bring: a draft of your current writing

Date and location (choose one):

  • Tuesday 5 May, 12-2pm (course no. 6829)
  • Tuesday 26 May, 10am-12pm (course no. 6830)

Clearer writing (English speaking background students)

Aims to make explicit the linking structures in English which make writing clear and logical.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: all students (English speaking background students)

Date and location:

  • Monday 18 May, 10am-12pm (course no. 6831)

Clearer writing (non-English speaking background students)

Aims to make explicit the linking structures in English which make writing clear and logical.

Duration: 4 hours
Target audience: all students (non-English speaking background students)

Date and location:

  • Monday 4 and 11 May, 12-2pm (course no. 6832)

Professional report writing in the social sciences 

This workshop focuses on the language resources necessary to develop arguments and critical evaluation in order to (1) respond to real-life scenario or case study, (2) demonstrate critical analysis of a particular realworld problem, and (3) make recommendations to a course of action by an imagined client, business or government department. 

Duration: 4 hours
Target audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students 

Date and location:

  • Monday 11 and 18 May, 2-4pm (course no. 6833)

Writing a critical review of a journal article 

Covers developing and demonstrating a critical perspective in a critical review of a journal article. Includes examples, language features and writing practice. 

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: undergraduates and postgraduate students (coursework and research)
What to bring: if possible, bring the article to be critically reviewed

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 13 May, 10am-12pm (course no. 6834)

Writing a Critical Review on a Topic Area

Covers developing and demonstrating a critical perspective in a more complex critical review of a debate, methodology, theory, topic area, etc. Includes examples, language features and writing practice.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: undergraduates (3rd year onwards), postgraduate students (coursework and research)

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 20 May, 10am-12pm (course no. 6835)

Introduction to critical reading (non-English speaking background students)

Introduces process of critical thinking and reading, practises strategies for evaluating and asking critical questions about readings.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: undergraduates (non-English speaking background students)
What to bring: an example of course reading

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 6 May, 9-11am (course no. 6836)

Reading strategies  (non-English speaking background students)

Practises strategies for evaluating and asking critical questions about readings.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: undergraduates (non-English speaking background students)
What to bring: an example of course reading

Date and location:

  • Monday 4 May, 10-12pm (course no. 6837)

Register for a workshop online.

Download a copy of the May program 2020 (pdf, 212KB)

Preparing for exams 

Covers exam revision schedules and exam performance strategies, including managing time and dealing with exam anxiety

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: undergraduates, masters by coursework students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Wednesday 13 May, 3-5pm (course no. 6794) 
  • Monday 25 May, 9-11am (course no. 6795) 
  • Thursday 28 May, 3-5pm (course no. 6796)

Preparing for multiple choice exams 

Analyses and classifies short answer questions, practises outlining and writing short answers under time pressure. 

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: undergraduates, masters by coursework students
What to bring: examples of past exam questions (if available)

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Thursday 21 May, 2pm-4pm (course no. 6797) 
  • Wednesday 27 May, 3-5pm (course no. 6798)

Preparing for short answer exams 

Analyses and classifies short answer questions, practises outlining and writing short answers under time pressure.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: undergraduates, masters by coursework students
What to bring: examples of past exam questions (if available)

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Tuesday 12 May, 10am-12pm (course no. 6799) 
  • Tuesday 19 May, 2-4pm (course no. 6800)

Preparing for essay exams

Analyses and classifies essay questions, practises outlining and writing essay answers under time pressure.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: undergraduates, masters by coursework students
What to bring: examples of past exam questions (if available)

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Monday 25 May, 2-4pm (course no. 6801) 
  • Tuesday 26 May, 1-3pm (course no. 6802)

Procrastination and managing time

Examines current (mis)use of time and practises setting goals, prioritising tasks and planning at semester, weekly and daily levels. Presents strategies for enhancing concentration and dealing with procrastination.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: undergraduates

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Thursday 7 May, 2-4pm (course no. 6803) 
  • Friday 22 May, 11am-1pm (course no. 6804)

Register for a workshop online

Download a copy of the May program 2020 (pdf, 212KB)

Preparing a thesis proposal

Provides an overview of the proposal with particular emphasis on the introductory stage and the expression of aims, research questions and hypotheses.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: masters by research and doctoral students
What to bring: sample proposal from your department (if available)

Date and location:

  • Monday 11 May, 10-12pm (course no. 6838)

Writing a literature review

The aim of this workshop is to clarify, and apply to your writing, strategies for structuring your review, and synthesising and evaluating the literature. 

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: doctoral and masters by research students
Required: to attend this workshop you first need to complete the Learning Centre’s online OLE 'Writing a literature review’ as this 3 hour face to face workshop builds on ideas presented in the OLE.
To locate the OLE component log into Canvas, then follow the links in this order:

  1. OLE (on the left hand side bar)
  2. enrol in units
  3. foundational and advanced communication skills
  4. writing a literature review

What to bring: any questions you have arising from the OLE, a draft outline of your literature review chapter/s or sections, preferably a draft of a section of your literature review and 5 research articles.

Date and location:

  • Tuesday 19 May, 10am-12pm (course no. 6839)

The process of getting a journal article published 

Covers issues to do with getting published, such as choosing the journal, authorship, and reviewers feedback.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: masters by research and doctoral students
What to bring: style guides of relevant journals and a relevant journal article

Date and location: 

Friday 29 May, 10am-12pm (course no. 6840)

Proof reading and editing your own work

Focuses on strategies for proof reading and editing at both paragraph and sentence level. Students will identify and correct errors in their own writing. Places are limited to 10 students per session. Students can enrol in a maximum of 3 sessions.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: higher degree by research students 
What to bring: a draft of current writing 

Date and location (choose one): 

Tuesday 5 May, 10am-12pm (course no. 6841)
Tuesday 19 May, 12-2pm (course no. 6842)
Friday 22 May, 12-2pm (course no. 6843)
Monday 25 May, 12-2pm (course no. 6844)
Tuesday 26 May, 12-2pm (course no. 6845)
Wednesday 27 May, 1-3pm (course no. 6846)
Thursday 28 May, 1-3pm (course no. 6847)
Friday 31 May, 12-2pm (course no. 6848)

Writing coursework assignments

This workshop looks at possible structures of coursework assignments, the component parts and the links between them.

Duration: 4 hours
Target audience: masters by coursework students
What to bring: a draft of a current assignment

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Tuesday 5 and 12 May 2-4pm (course no. 6849)
  • Thursday 21 and 28 May 12-2pm (course no. 6850)

Managing literature for coursework assignments

This workshop discusses how literature from your field can be used to support argument in your coursework assignment, and looks at strategies for organising your references.

Duration: 4 hours
Target audience: masters by coursework students
What to bring: 2 articles for a current coursework assignment

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 6 and 13 May, 3-5pm (course no. 6851)

Register for a workshop online.

Download a copy of the May program 2020 (pdf, 212KB)

These workshops cover the same areas as the twelve hour essay workshop, therefore either enrol in the twelve hour workshop or in the short workshops below, not both.

Introduction to critical writing in essays

Identifies the types of university assignments that require a critical approach. Covers developing and demonstrating a critical perspective within essays. Includes examples, language features and writing practice.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students

Date and location:

  • Wednesday 6 May, 12-2pm (course no. 6806)

Analytical writing

Looks at the differences between analytical and descriptive writing, and the process involved in developing an analytical approach to ideas and information.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students

Date and location:

  • Thursday 7 May, 11am-1pm (course no. 6807)

Using evidence in essays

Covers evaluating sources of evidence, using evidence critically and to support your argument, synthesising evidence to find patterns and develop your argument and paraphrasing skills.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: undergraduates 

Date and location:

  • Tuesday 12 May, 2-4pm (course no. 6808)

Developing an argument

Focuses on developing an argument by synthesising, evaluating and presenting evidence from relevant literature to substantiate a point of view.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students

Date and location (choose one option):

  • Thursday 14 May, 2-4pm (course no. 6809)

Cumberland campus

Introduction to critical reading

Introduces process of critical thinking and reading, practises strategies for evaluating and asking critical questions about readings.

Duration: 1 hour
Target audience: undergraduates
What to bring: an example of course reading

Date and location: 

  • Thursday 5 March, 12-1pm  
    Room B023, B Block

Quoting, summarising and paraphrasing evidence

Helps you to identify the differences between quoting and reporting, and gives practice in language strategies to help avoid plagiarism.

Duration: 1 hours
Target audience: all students

Date and location:

  • Thursday 12 March, 12-1pm  
    Room B023, B Block

Analysing an assignment question

Provides strategies for identifying the focus of the question.

Duration: 1 hour
Target audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students

Date and location:

  • Thursday 19 March, 12-1pm
    Room B023, B Block 

Planning an assignment 

Covers the planning and structure of written assignments.

Duration: 1 hour
Target audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students

Date and location:

  • Thursday 26 March, 12-1pm
    Room B023, B Block 

Analytical writing 

Looks at the differences between analytical and descriptive writing, and the process involved in developing an analytical approach to ideas and information.

Duration: 1 hour
Target audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students

Date and location:

  • Thursday 2 April, 12-1pm
    Room B023, B Block 

Clearer writing (Units 1 and 2) and (Units 3 and 4) 

Aims to make explicit the linking structures in English which make writing clear and logical and includes writing practice in using these structures.

Duration: 1 hour
Target audience: all students
What to bring: draft of writing

Date and location:

  • Thursday 23 April 12-1pm (Units 1-2)
    Room B023, B Block

    and

  • Thursday 30 April, 12-1pm (Units 3-4)
    Room B023, B Block

Critical reflection in the Social and Health Sciences

This workshop will be helpful for students who are required to describe and reflect on a critical incident; critically respond to and reflect on a real-life scenario; or explain a personal or professional experience from a theoretical perspective in order to demonstrate critical reflection and transform disciplinary knowledge in the social and health sciences.

Duration: 1 hour
Target audience: all students

Date and location:

  • Thursday 7 May, 12-1pm 
    Room B023, B Block

Oral presentation skills 

These workshops aim to develop your public speaking skills for tutorial/seminar and conference presentation, and include short practice sessions using video feedback.

Duration: 1 hour
Target audience: all students

Date and location: 

  • Thursday 14 May, 12-1pm
    Room B023, B Block

Proofreading and editing your own work 

Focuses on strategies for proofreading and editing at whole text, paragraph and sentence level. Students will identify and correct errors in their own writing. Places are limited to 10 students per session. This course is not for experienced and confident writers.

Duration: 1 hour
Target audience: all students
What to bring: draft of current writing 

Date and location: 

  • Thursday 21 May, 12-1pm
    Room B023, B Block

Preparing for exams

Covers exam revision schedules, exam performance strategies including managing time and dealing with exam anxiety.

Duration: 1 hour
Target audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students

Date and location:

  • Thursday 28 May, 12-1pm
    Room B023, B Block

Online workshops for students impacted by the travel ban

The Learning Centre is offering online workshops, in response to the COVID-19 situation. In the workshops, you will explore the content online through videos and interactive exercises before joining a Q&A workshop with one of our Learning Centre Staff members via Zoom. 

To participate in the online workshops, you need to: 

  • register online for the relevant workshop  
  • enrol in the Learning Centre Dashboard in Canvas
  • select the relevant course 
  • complete the pre-workshop online activities, and post your questions to the discussion board
  • join the workshop via Zoom with the link provided after registration. Dates and times are outlined below. Learn how to install Zoom.

Essay writing

This course explains the characteristics of persuasive analytical essays for the social sciences and humanities. It focuses on structuring the essay, developing an analytical argument and incorporating the relevant evidence.  The course will run for 4 weeks. Each week, you will need to complete pre-workshop online activites in Canvas before attending the Q&A workshop.

Register online

Dates: 19 and 26 March, 2 and 9 April at 2pm local time

Workshop content
Date Q&A workshop content Pre-workshop activities
Thursday March 19, 2pm
  • Review of types of writing.
  • Analysis of essay questions.
  • Answering questions from discussion board and attendees.
  • Watch these videos in Canvas (video length): What is an essay? (7:17) and Analysing the essay question (5:35).
  • Complete these activities (estimated time to complete): Types of writing (15 minutes) and Analysing the essay question (15 minutes).
Thursday March 26, 2pm
  • Review of types of schema.
  • Answering questions from discussion board and attendees.
  • Watch this video in Canvas (video length): Analytical writing? (10:13).
  • Complete this activity (estimated time to complete): Types of schema (15 minutes).
Thursday April 2, 2pm
  • Difference between persuasive and critical writing.
  • Answering questions from discussion board and attendees.
  • Watch these videos in Canvas (video length): Persuasive writing (6:33) and Critical writing (8:32).
  • Complete these activities in Canvas (estimated time to complete): Developing an argument (15 minutes) and Identifying critical writing (15 minutes).
Thursday April 9, 2pm
  • Examples of appropriate and inappropriate introductions and conclusions.
  • Answering questions from discussion board and attendees.
  • Watch this video in Canvas (video length): Putting it all together - introductions and conclusions (5:02).
  • Complete this activity in Canvas: Identifying stages in introductions and conclusions.

Writing in an academic style

In this course, you will learn how to make your academic writing more formal, technical, impersonal, and objective.   

Dates: March 17, 24 at 1pm local time

Enrol online

Workshop content
Date Q&A workshop content Pre-workshop activities
Tuesday March 17, 1pm
  • How academic are your texts? 
  • Online tools to develop your academic vocabulary. 
  • Answering questions from discussion board and attendees.
  • Watch these videos in Canvas: What is academic style? (6:54), How are academic words different? (4:24), Can you measure academic style? (5:51), Choosing the right word (2:00).
  • Complete these activities in Canvas (estimated time to complete): What is academic style? (15 minutes), Identify academic words (5 minutes) and Replace non-academic words (15 minutes).
Tuesday March 25, 1pm
  • Hedging – active or Passive voice. 
  • Answering questions from discussion board and attendees.
  • Watch these videos in Canvas: Being objective (3:54) and Being impersonal (5:57). 
  • Complete these activites in Canvas (estimated time to complete): Adjusting claims to the available evidence (15 minutes) and Impersonal language (5 minutes). 


Using evidence and avoiding plagiarism

This module has been designed to help you understand:  

  • How to use quoting and paraphrasing correctly so you don't accidentally present another author's ideas as your own;
  • How to use quoting and paraphrasing effectively to build your capacity as an academic writer. 

Dates: April 15, 22, 29 at 1pm local time 

Enrol online

Workshop content
Date Q&A workshop content  Pre-workshop activities
Wednesday 15 April, 1pm 
  • Review quoting.
  • Reference management software.
  • Answering questions from discussion board and attendees. 
  • Complete these modules in Canvas (estimated time to complete): Overview (10 minutes), Module 1 – Quoting (50 minutes), Quoting quiz (15 minutes). 

 

Wednesday, 22 April, 1pm
  • Language strategies for paraphrasing. 
  • Answering questions from discussion board and attendees.
  • Complete these modules in Canvas (estimated time to complete): Paraphrasing (40 minutes), Paraphrasing quiz (15 minutes). 
Wednesday 29 April, 1pm
  • Integrating sources in your discipline. 
  • Answering questions from discussion board and attendees.
  • Complete these modules in Canvas (estimated time to complete): Summarising (20 minutes), Summarising quiz (15 minutes), Bringing it all together (5 minutes).


Clearer writing

This course shows you how the basic resources for clearer writing are used in an academic paragraph. The focus is upon the paragraph as the basic building block of academic writing.   

Dates: April 7, 14, 21 at 1pm local time

Enrol online

Workshop content
Date Q&A workshop content Pre-workshop activities
Tuesday April 7, 1pm
  • Review paragraph structure. 
  • Answering questions from discussion board and attendees.
  • Complete these modules in Canvas (estimated time to complete): Introductory demonstration (10 minutes), Module 1 – paragraph structure (50 minutes), Paragraph analysis quiz (15 minutes).
Tuesday April 14, 1pm
  • Theme & New.  
  • Answering questions from discussion board and attendees.
  • Complete these modules in Canvas (estimated time to complete): Module 2 – information structure (1:15 minutes), Final exercise – (15 minutes).
Tuesday April 21, 1pm
  • Word chains and transition words.
  • Answering questions from discussion board and attendees.
  • Complete these modules in Canvas (estimated time to complete): Module 3 – vocabulary and reference (45 minutes), Module 4 -conjunctions & logical relations (15 minutes).

 

Learning Centre (Camperdown Campus)

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