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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 September-October program (pdf, 152KB)

As the semester comes to an end and students are preparing to submit their final assessments, the Learning Centre is offering consultations as part of its September-October program from Monday 12 to Friday 23 October. Students can make an appointment for a one-to-one consultation with Learning Centre lecturers to discuss any questions, difficulties or problems to do with language and other academic skills. These may include such things as planning or structuring an essay or a report or a case study, managing your workload, reading efficiently, writing analytically and etc.

Zoom appointments are available between 10am and 4pm. A consultation outside these hours may be possible by prior arrangement.

Email the Learning Centre for an appointment on learning.centre@sydney.edu.au

Any questions or difficulties about the subject matter of your courses (e.g. statistics, biology) should be directed to the appropriate lecturers/ tutors in your faculty and/or your peers.

Register for a workshop online

Download a copy of the October-November program (pdf, 178KB)

Critical reading of a research article

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

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: postgraduate students
What to bring: an example of course reading

Date:

  • Monday 23 November, 1-3pm

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 course reading and writing

Date: 

  • Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 November, 2-4pm

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 'Foundations of grammar' or for those who have a sound knowledge of the terminology and description of English grammar

Date: 

  • Monday 30 November, Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 December, 10am-12pm

Overview of a thesis

Covers overall organisation and general issues of reader and writer communication.

Duration: 2 hours

Target audience: postgraduate research students
What to bring: contents page/thesis outline and draft of any part of thesis

Date: 

  • Wednesday 28 October, 10am-12pm

Preparing for postgraduate study - research

Covers preliminary stages of independent research; planning, research approaches and methodologies, characteristics of quality research, establishing and managing a bibliography.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: masters by research and doctoral students (early stages)

Date (choose one): 

  • Monday 26 October, 10am-12pm
  • Friday 6 November, 10am-12pm

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:  a sample proposal from your department, if available

Date (choose one): 

  • Tuesday 27 October, 1-3pm 
  • Thursday 19 November, 2-4pm

Proofreading 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: masters by research and doctoral students
What to bring: a draft of current writing

Date (choose one):

  • Tuesday 10 November, 2-4pm
  • Thursday 12 November, 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday 18 November, 2-4pm
  • Friday 4 December, 10am-12pm

Working with your supervisor 

Examines supervisory relationship and provides strategies to communicate effectively and appropriately with your supervisor.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: masters by research and doctoral students 

Date (choose one): 

  • Monday 26 October, 1-3pm
  • Monday 2 November, 10am-12pm

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 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 -ace 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 (choose one):

  • Tuesday 27 October, 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday 30 October, 12-2pm
  • Thursday 5 November, 10am-12pm
  • Thursday 26 November, 10am-12pm

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: English speaking background postgraduate students
What to bring: the text to be critically reviewed, if possible

Date:

  • Thursday 5 November, 1-3pm

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. It includes examples, language features, writing practice

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: English speaking background postgraduate students
What to bring: the text to be critically reviewed, if possible

Date:

  • Tuesday 3 November, 1-3pm

Writing a thesis in the humanities and social sciences: introductions, conclusions and abstracts

Provides an in-depth study of these sections of a thesis, and includes an overview of staging and the analysis of examples.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: postgraduate research students (in the final stages of writing up)
What to bring: draft introduction, conclusion and abstract, if possible

Date:

  • Wednesday 4 November, 10am-1pm

Writing a thesis in the sciences and social sciences: introductions, conclusions and abstracts

Provides an in-depth study of these sections of a thesis, and includes an overview of staging and the analysis of examples.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: masters by research and doctoral students (in the final stages of writing up)
What to bring: draft introduction, conclusion and abstract, if possible

Date:

  • Monday 9 November, 10am-1pm

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
Target audience:  doctoral students

Date (choose one):

  • Wednesday 28 October, 1-3pm
  • Monday 2 November, 2-4pm 
  • Tuesday 24 November, 11am-1pm

Writing a journal article in the sciences

Introduction to the structure and language of scientific journal articles. 

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: postgraduate research students writing research for publication
What to bring: a draft of an article you are working on and a relevant journal article 

Date:

  • Friday 30 October, 10am-12pm

Writing bootcamp for HDR students 

The bootcamp involves you working on your thesis writing. You might be writing the literature review or drafting a section of your thesis or fine tuning an almost complete section. Learning Centre academics will be on hand to respond to your writing questions but there will be no formal teaching presentations at the bootcamp.

Duration: 6 hours
Target audience: HDR students

Date (choose one):

  • Monday 16 November, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm 
  • Saturday 28 November, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm 

Writing in an academic style

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: English speaking background postgraduate students
What to bring: a draft of current writing 

Date:

  • Wednesday 4 November, 2-4pm

Writing up a systematic review

This workshop focuses on the writing-up, not the carrying-out, of a systematic review, i.e. on the content elements of, and staging within, the various review sections, and on relevant expression issues, e.g. evaluative language.

Duration: 3 hours
Target audience: postgraduate research students
What to bring: a published systemic review from own field

Date:

  • Tuesday 10 November, 10am-1pm

Writing up research in the sciences

Focuses on the structure and language of the middle section of a thesis in the sciences. (Materials and methods, results and discussion).

Duration: 3 hours
Target audience: postgraduate research students (in the process of writing up)
What to bring: a draft of middle section of thesis

Date:

  • Thursday 29 October, 10am-1pm

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

Date (choose one): 

  • Friday 30 October, 2-5pm
  • Friday 27 November, 10am-1pm

Register for a workshop online

Download a copy of the October-November program (pdf, 178KB)

Clearer writing 

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
Target audience: students from non English speaking background
What to bring: a draft of current writing

Date:

  • Monday 16 November and Tuesday 17 November, 2-4pm

Detailed reading for academic writing

Focuses on understanding academic texts packed with complex content and how this information needs to be unpacked in order to write successfully and avoid plagiarism.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: students from non English speaking background

Date:

  •  Friday 20 November, 10am-1pm

Grammar clinic for editing and proofreading

Practises identifying and correcting common grammatical errors using mixed discipline peer groups.

Duration: 8 hours
Target audience: non English speaking background postgraduate students
What to bring: a draft of current writing

Date:

  • Monday 16, Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 November, 10am-12pm

Pronunciation skills

Provides practise in identifying and correcting common pronunciation problems in English. Develops methods for improving speaking and pronunciation.

Duration: 12 hours
Target audience: students from non English speaking background
What to bring: if possible, bring your own audio recording device, e.g. phone, MP3 or digital recorder

Date:

  • Monday 9, Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 and Friday 13 November, 1-4pm

Writing in an academic style

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: non-English speaking background students
What to bring: a draft of current writing 

Date:

  • Monday 23 November, 10am-12pm

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. It includes examples, language features, writing practice.

Duration: 3 hours
Target audience:  non-English speaking background students
What to bring: the text to be critically reviewed, if possible

Date:

  • Wednesday 25 November, 10am-1pm

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: 3 hours
Target audience: non English speaking background postgraduates
What to bring: the text to be critically reviewed, if possible

Date:

  • Thursday 27 November, 2-5pm

Vocabulary for describing data

It practises identifying and correcting common grammatical errors using mixed discipline peer groups.

Duration: 8 hours
Target audience: non English speaking background postgraduate students who need to write up research data
What to bring: an article from field and or draft data description from your writing

Date:

  • Monday 30 November, Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 December, 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 16 November, 4-5pm

Getting started: overview of a thesis 

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

Duration: 2 hours

Date: 

  • Monday 23 November, 4-6pm

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: 

  • Monday 30 November, 4-6pm

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, 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, 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, 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

9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

Learning Centre (Cumberland Campus)

Address
  • Ground Floor, Building A, Cumberland Campus, Lidcombe
Open
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Last updated: 03 November 2020

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