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Learning Hub (Academic Language and Learning)

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Learning Hub (Academic Language and Learning) 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 2021. 

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

Camperdown Campus

The general workshop program is designed for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students at the University.

Reading strategies

This workshop explores different types of reading strategies depending on your purpose including skimming, scanning, reading for notetaking and reading critically.

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: all students
What to bring: example of reading in your discipline

Date:

  • 24 June, 11am-1pm

Foundations of grammar

This course looks at four basic areas of English grammar (for example, 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:

  • 21, 22, 23 June, 11am-1pm

Grammar clinic

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

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: students with English as an additional language
What to bring: draft of current writing

Date (choose one):

  • 28, 29, 30 June and 1 July - 11am-1pm

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: all students
What to bring: a draft of current writing

Date:

  • 29 June, 1-3pm

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: 2 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:

  • 5, 6, 7 and 8 July, 1-3pm

Clearer writing

This course focuses on the logical flow of ideas at paragraph level by making explicit how to achieve cohesion in texts.

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: all students
What to bring: draft of current writing

Date:

  • 8 July, 11am-1pm
  • 22 July, 1-3pm

Writing assignments effectively

This series of three workshops will guide you through the process and steps to complete an assignment in a systematic and effective way from analysing the question to proofreading the final draft.

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: undergraduate and postgraduate by coursework students. HDR students taking credit points

Date:

  • 19, 20 and 21, 1-3pm July

Proof reading and editing your own work

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

Date:

  • 19 July, 11am-1pm

Professional Report Writing

This workshop focuses on the language resources necessary to develop arguments and evaluate critically in order to (1) respond to a real-life scenario or case study, (2) demonstrate critical analysis of a particular real-world problem, and (3) make recommendations for 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
What to bring (if possible): a report from your discipline.

Date:

  • 7 July, 11am-1pm

Using evidence and avoiding plagiarism

This series of workshops will take students through the process of (1) finding and selecting appropriate evidence for your writing purposes; (2) analysing, organising and synthesising evidence; (3) using different vocabulary and grammatical structures to incorporate sources and to avoid plagiarism in your writing.

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

Date:

  • July 12, 13 and 14, 11am-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, online via Zoom
Target audience: higher degree by research (HDR) students
What to bring: a draft of current writing.

Date:

  • 21 June, 1-3pm
  • 2 August, 11am-1pm

Proofreading and editing your own work (HDR)

This workshop 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, online via Zoom
Target audience: higher degree by research (HDR) students
What to bring: a draft of current writing.

Date (choose one):

  • 22 June, 1-3pm
  • 1 July, 1-3pm
  • 20 July, 11am-1pm
  • 9 August, 1-3pm

Writing a research article (health, education, social sciences)

This workshop will assist students to write for publication in health, education, or the social sciences. Its particular focus is on articles presenting original empirical research in these fields. (It may be useful for reading and writing other kinds of articles too.) We will consider the structure, components, and style of recently published articles. Students can also discuss and evaluate their own written work.

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: Masters by research and doctoral students writing up their research for publication.
What to bring: a draft of an article you are working on and a relevant journal article (e.g. an article from a target journal).

Date:

  • 23 Jun, 1-3pm
  • 16 August, 11am-1pm

Writing critical reviews

This workshop covers developing and demonstrating a critical perspective in a more complex critical review of a journal article or topic area. Includes examples, language features and writing practice.

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target group: all students
What to bring (if possible): draft of review

Date:

  • 24 June, 1-3pm

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

Required: To attend this workshop you need to have completed the Learning Hub’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:

  • OLE (on the left hand side bar)
  • enrol in units
  • foundational and advanced communication skills
  • 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:

  • 28 June, 1-3pm
  • 22 July, 11am-1pm

Working with your supervisor

This workshop aims to improve students' understanding of the respective roles and responsibilities that make up the supervisory relationship and provide suggestions on developing an effective working relationship with your supervisor to obtain the necessary support and guidance.

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

Date:

  • 30 June, 1-3pm

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: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: masters by research and doctoral students
What to bring: published systematic review from own field.

Date:

  • 5 July, 11am-1pm

Preparing for conference presentations

Presenting at a conference is a core part of scientific communication for any research students. This workshop will help build your presentation skills and develop your confidence to communicate your research at seminars, conferences and similar settings. 

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: masters by research and doctoral students
What to bring: published systematic review from own field.

Date:

  • 6 July, 11am-1pm

Procrastination and time management

Effective time management and goal setting can help students achieve the desired academic success in a lesser amount of time. This workshop provides students with different time management tools and techniques to plan priorities, avoid procrastination and manage time for better work-life balance and productivity.

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

Date:

  • 15 July, 11am-1pm

Vocabulary for writing about data

At this workshop, students will study concordance examples of the grammar and vocabulary of data commentaries as the basis for writing practice

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: masters and research students with English as an additional language
What to bring: an article from your field and/or a draft data description from your writing

Date:

  • 12, 13, 14 and 15 July, 1-3pm

Getting started: HDR students welcome to the Learning Hub

This orientation for new HDR students consists of three sessions.

  • Session 1: Preparing for postgraduate research
  • Session 2: Overview of a thesis
  • Session 3: Writing a thesis proposal

Duration: 2 hours per session, 6 hours in total, online via Zoom
Target audience: HDR students

Date:

  • 14, 21, 28 July and 4 and 11 August 11am-1pm

Doctoral writing group

The doctoral writing group is a forum to offer support to HDR students in the process of submitting a journal article for publication. Participants will review and offer feedback to each other and receive guidance to improve the quality of their writing.

Duration: 2 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: HDR students aiming to complete submission of a journal article.

Date:

  • 16, 30 July, 2-4pm
  • 13, 27 August, 2-4pm
  • 10, 24 September, 2-4pm
  • 8, 22 October, 2-4pm

Shut up and write session for HDR students

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

Date (choose one):

  • 15, 16, 17 and 18 June, 1-3pm
  • 25 June, 1-3pm
  • 2 July, 1-3pm
  • 8 July, 1-3pm
  • 23 July, 1-3pm
  • 6 August, 2-4pm
  • 20 August, 2-4pm

The Learning Hub offers online individual consultations to provide support on areas such as writing assignments, understanding assignment feedback, time management and study skills, and thesis writing, among others. We do not proofread finalised texts before submission. 

Check the current schedule.

You can only enrol in one session per week. If more sessions are needed, you can arrange them with the Learning Success Advisor. If you require a consultation outside office hours (5-7pm, Monday-Friday or 10-12pm, Saturday), please email the learning hub at learning.aclanguage@sydney.edu.au and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Learning Hub (Academic Language and Learning) (Camperdown Campus)

Address
  • Room 722, Level 7, Education Building, Camperdown Campus
Opening hours

9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

Last updated: 21 June 2021

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