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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 Semester break program (pdf, 194KB)

Effective reading and notetaking 

Practises strategies for thoughtful note-taking and summarising by identifying structure of text using two different types of text.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students
What to bring: an example of course reading

Date (choose one):

  • Thursday 13 August, 11am-1pm
  • Thursday 3 September, 9-11am

Introduction to critical reading

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

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

Date (choose one):

  • Friday 14 August, 1-3pm
  • Monday 17 August, 9-11am
  • Wednesday 9 September, 3-5pm

Reading strategies 

Practises basic strategies of skimming and scanning.

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: undergraduates 

Date (choose one):

  • Tuesday 11 August, 9-11am
  • Wednesday 19 August, 12-2pm
  • Tuesday 1 September, 3-5pm 

Critical reading of research article

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 (choose one):

  • Wednesday 2 September, 2-4pm
  • Friday 11 September, 9-11am

Detailed reading for academic writing (non-English speaking background students)

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: 3 hours
Target audience: non-English speaking background postgraduate students 

Date:

  • Thursday 10 September, 2-5pm

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: postgraduate research students
What to bring: a sample of your course reading and writing

Date: 

  • Tuesday 11, 18 and 25 August, 11am-1pm

Functional grammar for academic writing

Builds on 'Foundations of grammar' and looks at the resources of the English clause for expressing meaning through grammatical choices. Suitable for students who have completed 'Foundations of grammar' or for those who can demonstrate a sound knowledge of the terminology and description of English grammar in a short diagnostic test (contact the Learning Centre).

Duration: 6 hours
Target audience: postgraduate research students
What to bring: a sample of your course reading and writing

Date: 

  • Tuesday 11, 18 and 25 August, 3-5pm

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 (choose one):

  • Monday 10 August, 9-11am
  • Wednesday 9 September, 12-2pm

Writing in an academic style (English speaking background students)

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

Duration: 2 hours
Target audience: English speaking background students
What to bring: a draft of current writing 

Date (choose one):

  • Monday 10 August, 11am-1pm
  • Monday 17 August, 9-11am
  • Friday 28 August, 9-11am

Writing in an academic style (non-English speaking background students)

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

Duration: 4 hours
Target audience: English speaking background students
What to bring: a draft of current writing 

Date (choose one):

  • Tuesday 18 and 25 August, 9-11am
  • Wednesday 12 and 19 August, 2-4pm

Clearer writing (English speaking background students)

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
Target audience: undergraduate and masters by coursework students
What to bring: a draft of current writing

Date (choose one):

  • Thursday 3 September, 12-2pm
  • Friday 11 September, 2-4pm

Clearer writing (non-English speaking background students)

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

Duration: 6 hours
Target audience: undergraduate and masters by coursework students
What to bring: a draft of current writing

Date (choose one):

  • Tuesday 11, 18 and 25 September, 1-3pm (6 hours)
  • Saturday 12 September, 10am-12pm and 1-3pm (4 hours)

Essay writing 

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

Duration: 4 sessions x 8 hours
Target audience: all students

Date (choose one):

  • Monday 10, 17, 24 and 31 August, 2-4pm
  • Thursday 13, 20, 27 August, and 3 September, 2-4pm
  • Friday 14, 21, 28 August and 4 September, 2-4pm 
  • Saturday 29 August 10am-12pm and 1-3pm and Saturday 5 September 10-12pm and 1-3pm

 

Register for a workshop online.

Download a copy of the Semester break program (pdf, 194KB)

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

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
Target audience: undergraduates and masters by coursework students

Date (choose one):

  • Friday 14 August, 9-11am
  • Thursday 20 August, 12-2pm
  • Wednesday 26 August, 3-5pm

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 (choose one):

  • Friday 14 August, 11am-1pm 
  • Friday 21 August, 2-4pm

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 (choose one):

  • Wednesday 26 August, 12-2pm
  • Wednesday 2 September, 9-11am

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: all students 

Date (choose one):

  • Monday 17 August, 11-1pm
  • Monday 24 August, 9-11am
  • Monday 7 September, 9-11am

Planning an assignment 

Covers the planning and structure of written assignments.

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

Date (choose one):

  • Friday 14 August, 11-1pm
  • Thursday 20 August, 10am-12pm

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 (choose one):

  • Wednesday 19 August, 2-4pm
  • Friday 4 September, 10am-12pm

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
What to bring: a draft of your current writing 

Date (choose one): 

  • Monday 7 September, 12-2pm
  • Thursday 10 September, 12-2pm
  • Friday 11 September, 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 real-world problem, and (3) make recommendations to a course of action by an imagined client, business or government department.

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

Date (choose one):

  • Wednesday 19 August, 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday 26 August, 2-4pm

Quoting, summarising and parapharsing 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 (choose one):

  • Wednesday 12 August, 9-11am 
  • Monday 24 August, 12-2pm
  • Thursday 27 August, 12-2pm
  • Tuesday 8 September, 3-5pm

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 (choose one):

  • Wednesday 12 August, 3-5pm
  • Wednesday 26 August, 11am-1pm

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: 4 hours
Target audience: all students

Date (choose one):

  • Thursday 27 August, 10am-12pm and 1-3pm
  • Tuesday 8 September, 9-11am and 12-2pm

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, the text to be critically reviewed

Date (choose one):

  • Monday 24 August, 3-5pm
  • Thursday 27 August, 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. Includes examples, language features and writing practice.

Duration: 4 hours
Target audience: senior (3rd year onwards) undergraduates and postgraduate students (coursework/research)
What to bring: if possible, the text to be critically reviewed

Date (choose one):

  • Wednesday 19 August, 9-11am and 12-2pm
  • Monday 31 August, 9-11am and 12-2pm

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 and masters by coursework students

Date (choose one):

  • Monday 7 September, 2-4pm
  • Thursday 10 September, 9-11am

Register for a workshop online.

Download a copy of the Semester break program (pdf, 194KB)

Preparing for postgraduate study coursework

Covers time management, working in small groups, accessing and managing electronic and print information.

Duration: 2 hours
Target group: beginning masters by coursework students

Date:

  • Tuesday 11 August, 9-11am

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 (choose one):

  • Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 August 5-7pm
  • Wednesday 12 August 9-11am and 12-2pm
  • Saturday 15 August 10am-12pm and 1-3pm
  • Monday 24 August 9-11am and 12-2pm

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

Date (choose one):

  • Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 August 5-7pm
  • Friday 21 August 9-11am and 12-2pm
  • Saturday 22 August 10am-12pm and 1-3pm
  • Tuesday 1 September 10am-1pm and 2-4pm

 

Register for a workshop online.

Download a copy of the Semester break program (pdf, 194KB)

Writing 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 group: masters by research and doctoral students
What to bring: a sample proposal from your department (if available)

Date:

  • Monday 10 August, 9-11am

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 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 (choose one):

  • Wednesday 26 August, 9-11am
  • Wednesday 9 September, 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
Target group: doctoral students

Date:

  • Wednesday 12 August, 1-3pm

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 group: masters by research and doctoral students
What to bring: style guides of relevant journals and a relevant journal article 

Date:

  • Wednesday 2 September, 11am-1pm

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

Date:

  • Wednesday 12 August, 11am-1pm
  • Friday 28 August, 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: getting started 

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

Duration: 1 hour

Date: 

  • Monday 10 August, 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 17 August, 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: 

  • Monday 24 August, 11am-1pm

Welcome to the Learning Centre: getting started 

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

Duration: 1 hour

Date: 

  • Monday 14 September, 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 21 September, 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 28 September, 4pm-6pm

Welcome to the Learning Centre: getting started 

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

Duration: 1 hour

Date: 

  • Monday 12 October, 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 19 October, 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: 

  • Monday 26 October, 11am-1pm

 

Welcome to the Learning Centre: getting started 

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: getting started 

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

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.

Learning Centre (Camperdown Campus)

Fax
  • +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
by appointment
Last updated: 05 August 2020

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