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Peer-facilitated programs - Learning Hub

The Learning Hub offers a range of peer-facilitated programs which can help you succeed at university. These have been developed to support social interaction and community building by offering a safe space for students to connect and meet friends, and learn valuable professional and study skills.

Our peer-facilitated programs are delivered by experienced local and international students, who are trained and mentored by the Learning Hub team. Peer facilitators understand the challenges you might be going through and will be able to give you useful tips to make the most of your university journey.

We offer programs targeted to all students, as well as some that are specially designed for international students. You can find more about the target audience for each program below.

All programs are free of charge and are currently delivered online via Zoom.  These engaging workshops require you to interact with your peers in a range of activities and tasks. You’ll need a working webcam and microphone on your computer so you can make the most of the programs.

These programs run throughout the year at different times. Check this page regularly to stay up to date with how to register.

Programs

Speak and connect

This series of 6 peer-facilitated workshops will help you integrate into the University.

The aim is to help you meet new friends, practise and develop your English language and communication skills, and give you useful strategies for connecting at university. The workshops are peer-facilitated which means you get to connect with experienced local and international students who will give you plenty of tips to have a great time at university.

Schedule:

  • Week 1: being and belonging at the University
  • Week 2: getting to know people
  • Week 3: inviting and responding to the invitations
  • Week 4: participating in your courses
  • Week 5: asking for help
  • Week 6: solving problems

Rewards program:

  • if you have 100% attendance (6 workshops), you will receive a certificate of recognition and 2 gifts
  • if you have 80% attendance (5 workshops), you will receive a certificate of recognition and 1 gifts

It may also help you accrue points towards professional engagement programs offered in your course.

Duration: 1 hour and 20 minute workshop each week for 6 weeks

Dates:

  • 28 February – 8 March 2022
  • 8 August – 16 September 2022

Target audience: returning and new international students and students from non-English speaking backgrounds in their 1st and 2nd year of undergraduate or postgraduate studies at the University.

Register at Eventbrite.

Speak up

This program of online conversation workshops will support you in your transition to university by enhancing your English language skills, supporting academic and social acculturation, and fostering connections with your peers.

Speak up provides you with a safe space to practice and develop your English skills, build your confidence and familiarity with the University context and make friends. By joining in the program, you will be empowered to participate more fully in all aspects of university life.

Schedule (choose 1 or multiple workshops):

  • Workshop 1: "what do I need to know about learning online?"
  • Workshop 2: "what do I need to know about learning at university?"
  • Workshop 3: "what do I need to know about handling tricky situations?"
  • Workshop 4: "what do I need to know about fitting in at university?"
  • Workshop 5: "what do I need to know about making new friends?"
  • Workshop 6: "what do I need to know about speaking like a local?"

Duration: 1 hour and 20 minute per workshop

Dates:

  • 10 January – 18 February 2022
  • 20 June – 29 July 2022

Target audience: Returning and new international students and students from non-English speaking backgrounds in their 1st and 2nd year of undergraduate or postgraduate studies at the University.

Register at Eventbrite.

Submit it

Are you wondering how you will ever submit that assignment? Do you have questions about how to research your assignment, how to make sense of all the information you find and how to put it all in writing? We’ve been there and we want to help you. Over 6 weeks, you will learn some of the smart strategies that we have used to get us through our assignments.

Schedule:

  • Week 1: "so, I’ve got an assignment question but" …. what we’ve learnt about understanding assignment questions and finding relevant information
  • Week 2: "so, I’ve found my sources but" … what we’ve learnt about reading strategically and taking useful notes
  • Week 3: "so, I’ve got heaps of notes but" … what we’ve learnt about analysing our notes and coming up with an argument
  • Week 4: "so, I’ve got an outline but" …. what we’ve learnt about turning our outlines into paragraphs and “using your own words” to include sources
  • Week 5: "so, I’ve written a few paragraphs but" … what we’ve learnt about making our argument flow and improving our style
  • Week 6: "so, I’ve written my first draft but" … what we’ve learnt about proofreading our assignments

Duration: 1 hour workshop each week for 6 weeks

Dates:

  • 5 October – 12 November 2021

Target audience: all students who need to submit written assignments as part of their undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree.

Register on the Learning Hub's online registration system.

Speak and connect HDR

This series of 6 conversational, peer-facilitated workshops will help research students integrate into the University by developing confidence communicating in different contexts at university and in the wider academic community.

During the program, you will meet and connect with other research students, share your experiences, develop your English communication skills, and receive tips and strategies to succeed in your candidature and beyond.

This program will help you:

  • feel a sense of connectedness and belonging
  • use strategies for successful communication
  • communicate competently in English
  • be aware of and sensitive to different cultures
  • be confident in your study and professional skills.

Schedule:

  • Week 1: connecting to your academic community
  • Week 2: working with your supervisor
  • Week 3: asking for help and accessing university support
  • Week 4: engaging in respectful debate
  • Week 5: navigating seminars & conferences
  • Week 6: self-care during your candidature

Rewards program:

  • If you have 100% attendance (6 workshops), you will receive a certificate of recognition and 2 gifts
  • If you have 80% attendance (5 workshops), you will receive a certificate of recognition and 1 gifts

It may also help you accrue points towards professional engagement programs offered in your course.

Duration: 1 hour and 20 minute workshop each week for 6 weeks

Dates:

  • 11 October – 16 November 2021

Target audience: Returning and new international students and students from non-English speaking backgrounds in their 1st and 2nd year of candidature at the University.

Register at Eventbrite.

Last updated: 24 September 2021

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