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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 or three-hour sessions, with some running over several weeks. In these workshops, you'll develop skills in specific areas such as critical reading, research writing or developing an argument.

Workshops are open to all enrolled University of Sydney students and are free of charge.

All workshops and student consultations will be held online via Zoom in 2020 and 2021. 

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 Summer Program 2021 (pdf, 230KB)

Clearer writing (non English speaking background students)

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

Duration: 4 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: all students from a non-English speaking background
What to bring: a draft of current writing

Date:

  • Monday 25 and Wednesday 27 January 2021, 10am-12pm

Clearer writing (English speaking background students)

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

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: all students from an English speaking background
What to bring: a draft of current writing

Date (choose one):

  • Tuesday 19 January 2021, 2-4pm
  • Monday 15 February 2021, 1-3pm

Critical thinking 

This course 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, online via Zoom
Target audience: all students
What to bring: a reading (article or book chapter) from a discipline you are studying

Date:

  • Monday 18 January 2021, 2-4pm

Essay writing 

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

Duration: 8 hours in total (4 sessions x 2 hours per session), online via Zoom
Target audience: undergraduate students

Date (choose one):

  • Monday 11, Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 January 2021, 2-4pm 
  • Monday 15, Tuesday 16, Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 February 2021, 10am-12pm

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, online via Zoom
Target audience: all students
What to bring: a sample of your writing

Date: 

  • Monday 11, Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 January 2021, 10am-12pm

Functional grammar for academic writing

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

Duration: 6 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: students who have successfully completed 'Foundations of grammar' or a grammar diagnostic test
What to bring: a piece of your own writing

Date:

  • Monday 1, Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 February 2021, 10am-12pm

Introduction to Critical reading 

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

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: undergraduate students
What to bring: an example of course reading

Date (choose one):

  • Thursday 28 January 2021, 1-3pm
  • Monday 8 February 2021, 10am-12pm

Language strategies for referring to evidence

This course focuses on the range of grammatical structures, reporting verbs and tenses that are available, and provide guidelines for choosing appropriately.

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: all students, in particular first-year students

Date (choose one):

  • Friday 15 January 2021, 2-4pm
  • Monday 8 February 2021, 1-3pm

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, online via Zoom
Target audience: all students, in particular first year students

Date (choose one):

  • Thursday 21 January 2021, 2-4pm
  • Monday 25 January 2021, 1-3pm
  • Friday 5  February 2021, 10am-12pm
  • Friday 19 February 2021, 1-3pm

Reading strategies

This course practises basic strategies of skimming and scanning.

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: undergraduate students

Date:

  • Monday 18 January 2021, 10am-12pm

Writing a critical review of a journal article

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

Duration: 3 hours
Target audience: all students
What to bring: the text to be critically reviewed, if possible

Date:

  • Wednesday 20 January 2021, 10am-1pm

Writing a critical review on a topic area

This course covers developing and demonstrating a critical perspective in a more complex critical review of a debate, methodology, theory, topic area, etc. It includes examples, language features, writing practice.

Duration: 3 hours
Target audience: all students
What to bring: the text to be critically reviewed, if possible

Date:

  • Wednesday 20 January 2021, 2-5pm

Writing in an academic style

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

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience:  undergraduate and masters by coursework students
What to bring: a draft of current writing 

Date (choose one):

  • Thursday 21 January 2021, 10am-12pm
  • Friday 5 February 2021, 1-3pm
  • Thursday 18 February 2021, 1-3pm

Register for a workshop online.

Download a copy of the Summer Program 2021 (pdf, 230KB)

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.

Analysing an assignment question

This course provides strategies for identifying the focus of the question and investigating how the wording of a question affects the structure of the response.

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: undergraduate and masters by coursework students

Date:

  • Friday 15 January 2021, 11am-1pm

Analytical writing

This course 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, online via Zoom
Target audience: undergraduate and masters by coursework students

Date:

  • Monday 1 February 2021, 1-3pm

Critical reading of a research article

This course covers interpreting and asking critical questions about a text and its subject matter.

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: senior undergraduate students (in year 3 and above), Masters and doctoral students
What to bring: a journal article from field of study

Date (choose one):

  • Thurday 4 February 2021, 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday 9 February 2021, 10am-12pm

Developing an argument

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

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: undergraduate and masters by coursework students

Date:

  • Wednesday 10 February 2021, 1-3pm 

Planning an assignment

This course covers the planning and structure of written assignments.

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students

Date:

  • Thursday 14 January 2021, 11am-1pm

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: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: undergraduate and masters by coursework students

Date:

  • Friday 22 January 2021, 1-3pm

Reading for effective notetaking

This course practise strategies for thoughtful notetaking and summarising by identifying structure of text using two different types of text.

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: undergraduate and masters by coursework students
What to bring: an example of course reading

Date (choose one):

  • Friday 29 January 2021, 2-4pm
  • Friday 19 February 2021, 10am-12pm

Using evidence in essays

This course 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, online via Zoom
Target audience: all students, in particular first-year students

Date (choose one):

  • Friday 29 January 2021, 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday 9 February 2021, 1-3pm

Register for a workshop online.

Download a copy of the Summer Program 2021 (pdf, 230KB)

Managing literature for coursework

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: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: masters by coursework students
What to bring: 2 articles for a current coursework assignment

Date (choose one):

  • Wednesday 3 February 2021, 1-3pm
  • Wednesday 17 February 2021, 1-3pm

Writing coursework assignments

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

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: masters by coursework students
What to bring: a draft of a current assignment

Date (choose one):

  • Tuesday 2 February 2021, 1-3pm
  • Tuesday 16 February 2021, 1-3pm

Register for a workshop online

Download a copy of the Summer Program 2021 (pdf, 230KB)

Writing a journal article in Sciences

Introduction to the structure and language of scientific journal articles. 

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: masters by research and doctoral students writing research for publication
What to bring: a draft of an article you are working on or a relevant journal article 

Date:

  • Wedesday 27 January 2021, 2-4pm

Writing a literature review (with online component)

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, online via Zoom
Target group: masters by research and doctoral students

Required: To attend this workshop you MUST have completed 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. This workshop is capped at 20 students to allow for maximum feedback opportunities. 

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 (choose one):

  • Friday 22 January 2021, 10am-12pm 
  • Thursday 11 February 2021, 12-2pm

Writing a thesis proposal

This workshop 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, online via Zoom
Target audience: masters by research and doctoral students
What to bring: a sample proposal from your department if available

Date:

  • Tuesday 19 January 2021, 10am-12pm

Writing a thesis with publications

This workshop is based on a study of recent successful theses and will cover how to write an engaging introduction and a forceful conclusion, avoid duplication in the several literature reviews required, and develop a final overarching argument.

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: masters by research and doctoral students

Date (choose one):

  • Thursday 4 February 2021, 1-3pm 
  • Friday 12 February 2021, 12-2pm

Getting started workshops for HDR students

New HDR students are invited to enrol online for the following Getting Started sessions offered by the Learning Centre. The sessions will provide an overview of the resources offered by the Learning Centre to support HDR students. They will also cover overall organisation and general issues of reader/writer communication and an overview of how to get started on your thesis proposal.

All sessions will be held online via Zoom.

Welcome to the Learning Centre

This one hour workshop introduces students to the range of services and resources offered by the Learning Centre.

Duration: 1 hour

Date: 

  • Monday 7 December 2020, 11am-12pm

Getting started: overview of a thesis 

This workshop covers overall organisation and general issues of reader/writer communication.

Duration: 2 hours

Date: 

  • Monday 14 December 2020, 11am-1pm

Getting started: thesis proposal

This workshop 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

Date: 

  • Tuesday 15 December 2020, 11am-1pm

Learning Centre (Camperdown Campus)

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  • +61 2 9351 4865
Address
  • Room 722, Level 7, Education Building, Camperdown Campus
Opening hours

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Learning Centre (Cumberland Campus)

Address
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Last updated: 15 December 2020

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