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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.

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. The second half of the semester is an ideal time to work on aspects of your academic language and learning needing development. The Learning Hub is offering a series of workshops that will help you get on top of your studies. All sessions are 2 hours long with an optional 30 minutes extra for questions.

Clearer writing

This workshop looks at how to write clearer paragraphs. It focuses on how to structure a paragraph, how to structure information within your text, and how to use vocabulary such as conjunctions and referents to link ideas. This is a great workshop to attend if you have ever been told that your “ideas don’t flow logically”.

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: undergraduate and postgraduate by coursework students

Dates:

Developing oral presentation skills

Oral presentation skills are not only useful for you while studying at university but are also transferrable to your professional life after university. This workshop provides an opportunity to learn how to prepare presentations with clear objectives and structure, apply engaging presentation techniques, and become familiar with different question-handling strategies.

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: undergraduate and masters by coursework students

Date:

Grammar clinic for editing and proofreading

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

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom
Target group: students with English as an additional language
What to bring: a draft of current writing

Dates:

Foundations of grammar

Can you tell a verb from an adjective? Can you identify the subject of a sentence? This course covers four basic areas of English grammar (sentence structure, verb groups, verb tenses and noun groups). By the end of the course, you will have developed your knowledge and understanding of basic grammar so that you can analyse your own writing and use language more clearly and effectively. To know if you need to take this course or a more advanced one, take the short diagnostic test.

Duration: 2.5 hours per workshop, 7.5 hours total, online via Zoom
Target audience: all students
What to bring: a sample of your writing

Date:

From critical reading to critical writing

This workshop will provide you with sets of questions that require you to take a ‘critical’ stance to disciplinary knowledge. These will help you to challenge assumptions and ideas as well as extend your knowledge. The workshop then aims to help you apply this critical stance to your reading and show your critical thinking in your writing. It is a detailed look at how to interact with knowledge and how to meet the university’s academic expectations of criticality and originality in your work. Try the short diagnostic test.

Duration: 2.5 hours per workshop, 7.5 hours total, online via Zoom
Target audience: all students

Date:

Managing the honours year

Examines strategies for setting goals, prioritising tasks and constructing a flexible time plan for the honours year.

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: honours students in the first semester of their honours year.

Date:

Overview of an honours thesis

This workshop provides a generalised description of the typical structure and purpose of each section of the honours thesis.

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: honours students in the first semester of their honours year.
What to bring: content page/thesis outline

Date:

Preparing for exams

Are you taking exams this semester? Are you unsure of how to best prepare yourself for exams at the university level? In this session, you will learn about how and when to revise for exams based on the best research on memory and study skills. You will get tips for different types of tests, for preparing body and mind, as well as time management and dealing with anxiety.  

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom
Target group: undergraduate and postgraduate by coursework.

Dates:

Proofreading & editing your work

This workshop focuses on strategies for proofreading and editing at section, paragraph and sentence level. It will help you to make your assignments more accessible for your lecturers and tutors. The workshop also introduces technological resources that you can use to analyse and evaluate your writing’s readability and academic style.

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: Undergraduate and masters by coursework students or HDR students
What to bring: draft of current writing or submitted assignments

Date:

Time management and goal setting

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

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: undergraduate and masters by coursework students or masters by research or doctoral students.

Dates:

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: 2.5 hours per workshop, 7.5 hours total, online via Zoom
Target audience: all students

Date:

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: 2.5 hours per workshop, 7.5 hours total, online via Zoom
Target audience: undergraduate and postgraduate by coursework students. HDR students taking credit points

Date:

Writing critical reviews

This workshop will help you understand the different types of critical reviews and their purpose. It will also help you develop an effective structure and select the correct language resources to make your critical review stand out.

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: all students

Date:

Writing reflective assignments

Many university assignments involve a reflective component. This workshop will introduce you to different kinds of reflective writing, the types of assignments that call for reflective writing, different levels of reflection and key features of reflective language.

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: all students

Date:

Writing in an academic style

What does it mean to write in academic style? Can I measure how academic my texts are? This workshop focuses on some of the characteristics of successful academic writing across all disciplines, such as formality, objectivity, impersonality, and inclusiveness.

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: all students
What to bring: a draft of current writing and sample paragraph from your discipline

Date:

Writing reports

Have you been asked to write a professional or business report for an assignment or project? Are you unsure of how a report differs from an essay, or from the other types of academic writing you’ve already encountered? In this workshop, you will learn about the audience and purpose of reports. You will explore examples of professional and business reports to discover the structure and language resources appropriate to report writing.

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: undergraduate and masters by coursework students
What to bring (if possible): an example of a report from your discipline

Date:

Doctoral writing group for HDR students

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.
What to bring (if possible): a draft of your journal article for publication

Date:

Kickstarting your candidature

In these sessions you'll get practical guidance from experienced advisors, an opportunity to ask the pressing questions, and the chance to connect with other HDR students also starting out. This orientation for new HDR students consists of three sessions. Session 1: Preparing for PG Research; Session 2: Overview of a Thesis; Session 3: Writing a Literature Review.

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: Masters by research and doctoral students

Date:

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: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: Masters by research and doctoral students

Date:

Proofreading & editing your work (HDR)

This workshop focuses on strategies for proofreading and editing at section, paragraph and sentence level. It will help you to make your assignments or thesis more accessible for your lecturers and tutors. The workshop also introduces technological resources that you can use to analyse and evaluate your writing’s readability and academic style.

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: Undergraduate and masters by coursework students OR HDR students
What to bring: draft of current writing or submitted assignments.

Dates: 

Shut up and write sessions for HDR students

The online shut up and write sessions involve you working on your thesis writing with support from a Learning Success Advisor. You might be writing the literature review or drafting a section of your thesis or fine-tuning an almost complete section. A Learning Success Advisor will be on hand to respond to your writing questions. You may be able to obtain some facilitator feedback upon request.

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

Date (choose any):

Time management and goal setting

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

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: masters by research and doctoral students

Date:

Vocabulary for writing about data

Students will study concordance examples of the grammar and vocabulary of data commentaries as the basis for writing practice.

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom
Target group: Masters and Research students with English as an additional language.
Bring: article from field &/or draft data description from your writing.

Dates:

Writing a thesis with publications

How many papers do I need to write? What if my papers aren’t published yet? How do I avoid repeating myself? This workshop will answer these and any other questions you may have about the process of writing a thesis with publications. It 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: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom
Target audience: doctoral students

Date:

Writing a research article

Are you a research student looking to publish your empirical work? Are you unsure where to start writing up your findings for an expert audience in your field? In this workshop, you will investigate the structure, components and writing style of published articles. You will consider model examples and devise your own strategies for preparing publishable research writing. You will also have the opportunity to discuss and evaluate your own written work in progress.

Duration: 2.5 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: 

Writing 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: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom
Target group: Masters by research, doctoral students.
Bring: published systematic review from own field.

Date:

Writing bootcamp

If you need to block out time for writing, then the “Writing Bootcamp” is for you. You can attend either or both sessions. A friendly Learning Success Advisor will be there to offer feedback or support if you need it.

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom
Target group: Honours, Research and HDR students

Dates:

 

The Learning Hub offers 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 learninghub.aclanguage@sydney.edu.au and we will do our best to accommodate you.

How to register for a workshop

To register for a Learning Hub (Academic Language and Learning) workshop:

  1. Log in to the online registration system.
  2. If it’s your first time registering for a workshop, enter your details.
  3. Select the program and workshop(s) you want to enrol in.
  4. Submit your enrolment.

Before you register for a workshop, check your University timetable to make sure you can attend.

If you’ve successfully registered, you’ll receive a reminder email five days before the workshop.

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Last updated: 14 April 2022

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