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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.

2022 Learning Hub Semester 2 Program

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 group: undergraduate and postgrade coursework students

Dates:

  • 9 August 11am – 1.30pm
  • 31 August 11am – 1.30pm

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 group: undergraduate and masters by coursework students

Dates: 

  • 16 August, 2pm – 4.30pm
  • 20 September 11am – 1.30pm
  • 26 September 11am – 1.30pm

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.

Duration: 2.5 hours per workshop, 7.5 hour total, online via Zoom

Target group: all students

Dates: 

  • 11, 18 and 25 August, 2pm – 4.30pm
  • 7, 14 and 21 September 11am – 1.30pm
  • 27, 28 and 29 September 11am – 1.30pm

Functional grammar for academic writing 1

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, roughly 7.5 hours total, online via Zoom

Target group: all students

What to bring: a sample of own writing

Dates: 11, 18 and 25 August, 11am – 1.30pm

Functional grammar for academic writing 2

How can I write more complex sentences? When do I use a semicolon? Should I use passive voice or not? This workshop series will change your understanding of grammar from simply rules to write correctly to resources to create meaning in your academic writing.

Duration: 2.5 hours per workshop, roughly 7.5 hours total, online via Zoom

Target audience: students who have successfully completed ‘Functional grammar 1' or have passed the short diagnostic test.

What to bring: a draft of current writing and sample paragraph from your discipline

Dates: 1, 8 and 15 September, 2pm – 4.30pm

Get it Write!

Get it Write! consists of the following six workshops: What do I need to know about improving my academic writing style? What do I need to know about writing a clear thesis statement? What do I need to know about making my ideas flow better in my writing? What do I need to know about including sources in my writing? What do I need to know about supporting my argument with evidence in my writing? What do I need to know about getting across my point of view in my writing? Get it Write! targets international students in their first year of studies and aims to provide a safe space for students to practice and develop their academic writing skills.

Duration: 2 hours per workshop, 12 hours in total, online via Zoom

Target audience: undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students

Dates: 10, 17, 24 and 31 August, and 7 and 14 September, 3pm-5pm

Grammar clinic for editing and proofreading

This series of workshops allows you to practice identifying and correcting common grammatical errors in students’ writing.

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom

Target group: students with English as an additional language

What to bring: a sample of your own writing

Dates:

  • 28 September, 2pm - 4.30pm
  • 29 September, 2pm - 4.30pm

Planning an essay

Have you been asked to write an essay but are not sure how to take a clear position in your writing? Would you like to know how you can use essay structure to develop an evaluation and overall argument? In this workshop, you will learn:

  • how to outline and plan an essay so that each point advances a clear thesis or main argument
  • how to control focus using topic sentences and other key techniques for building persuasive coherence.

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom

Target audience: undergraduate and postgrade coursework students

Dates:

  • 22 August, 2pm – 4.30pm
  • 13 September, 11am – 1.30pm
  • 21 September, 2pm - 4.30pm

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 group: undergraduate and masters by coursework students

What to bring: a draft of current writing or submitted assignments

Date: 13 September, 2pm – 4.30pm

Reading strategies

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

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom

Target group: all students

What to bring: example of reading in your discipline

Dates:

  • 8 August, 2pm - 4.30pm
  • 29 August, 11am - 1.30pm

Time management and goal setting

Are you wasting your time on Netflix or TikTok? Do you find yourself submitting your assignments 30 seconds before the deadline?  Then you might need to develop your time management skills. Effective time management and goal setting can help you achieve the desired academic success in a shorter amount of time. This workshop will provide you with different tools and techniques to plan your priorities, avoid procrastination and manage time for better work-life balance and productivity.  

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom

Target group: undergraduate and masters by coursework students

Date: 9 August, 2pm - 4.30pm

Using evidence and avoiding plagiarism

This series of workshops will take students through the process of:

  • finding and selecting appropriate evidence for your writing purposes
  • analysing, organising and synthesising evidence
  • 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 group: all students

Dates:

  • 10, 17 and 24 August, 11am – 1.30pm
  • 29 August, 5 and 12 September, 2pm - 4.30pm

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 group: undergraduate and postgrade coursework students, and HDR students taking credit points.

Dates:

  • 23, 30 August and 6 September 2pm – 4.30pm
  • 5, 12 and 19 September, 11am - 1.30pm

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: 22 August, 11am - 1.30pm

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: 16 August, 11am - 1.30pm

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

Dates:

  • 8 August, 11am - 1.30pm
  • 20 September, 2pm - 4.30pm

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 group: undergraduate and masters by coursework students

What to bring: an example of a report from your field or discipline, if possible

Dates

  • 15 August, 2pm - 4.30pm
  • 22 September, 11am - 1.30pm

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, 8 fortnightly sessions during Semester 2

Target groups: HDR students aiming to complete submission of a journal article

What to bring: a draft of your journal article for publication, if possible

Dates: 5 and 19 August, 2, 16 and 30 September, 14 and 28 October, and 11 November

Overview of a thesis

This workshop will clarify the components of a thesis and their functions. It will help you create a table of contents that reflects the relationships between different sections, write effective titles, and understand how to develop an authoritative voice.

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom

Target groups: masters by research and doctoral students

What to bring: content page/thesis outline

Date: 15 August, 11am - 1.30pm

Proofreading and editing your own work

This workshop focuses on strategies for proofreading and editing at section, paragraph and sentence level. It will help you to make your thesis more accessible for your supervisor and other readers. 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 group: HDR students

What to bring: draft of current writing or submitted assignments

Date: 19 September, 2pm - 4.30pm

Shut up & 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 group: masters by research and doctoral students

Dates:

  • 12 August, 2pm – 4pm
  • 26 August, 2pm – 4pm
  • 9 September, 2pm – 4pm
  • 23 September, 2pm – 4pm 

Time management and goal setting for HDR students

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: 6 September, 11am - 1.30pm

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 per workshop, online via Zoom 

Target group: masters and research students with English as an additional language

What to bring: article from field &/or draft data description from your writing. We will examine specific expressions and identify patterns that you can apply to your own writing.

Dates:

  • 26 September, 2pm - 4.30pm
  • 27 September, 2pm - 4.30pm

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. 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.

Duration: 2.5 hours, online via Zoom

Target group: 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 August, 11am - 1.30pm

 

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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