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Activities during the break

Preparing for Semester 2
In the weeks leading up to Semester 2 2020, the University is hosting a number of orientation events that will help prepare commencing students for studying at the University. Check out our full list of semester break activities below.

Speak Up

Dates:

  • Tuesday 28 July
  • Friday 31 July
  • Tuesday 04 August
  • Friday 07 August
  • Tuesday 11 August
  • Friday 14 August
  • Tuesday 18 August
  • Friday 21 August

Supercharge your English. Get to know the University. Connect with new friends. 

Speak Up! is a program of online conversation workshops that will support you in your transition to University. 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 the program, you will be empowered to participate more fully in all aspects of University life.  

Speak Up! Runs for nine weeks starting 22 June 2020. 

Register here

Get it Write!

Dates:

  • Wednesday 12 August
  • Wednesday 19 August
  • Wednesday 26 August
  • Wednesday 2 September
  • Wednesday 9 September
  • Wednesday 16 September

Get it Write! is a program of online workshops that will help you boost your academic writing skills and build confidence communicating in English.  The workshops will help you succeed at university by providing input on the mechanics of written English and opportunities for practice and feedback.  During the workshops, you will have the chance to ask questions and work together with peers on interactive activities in a relaxed environment.

Get it Write! runs for six weeks starting 12 August 2020.

Register here.

Essay Writing

Date: 

  • 13 - 16 July
  • 20 - 23 July

Covers characteristics of persuasive analytical essays for social science and humanities, focuses on developing analytical argument and incorporating evidence

Register here.

Quoting, Summarising and Parapharasing Evidence

Dates:

  • 16 July
  • 21 July
  • 27 July

Helps you to identify the differences between quoting and reporting, and gives practice in language strategies to help avoid plagiarism

Register here.

Writing in an Academic Style

Dates:

  • 17 July

Focuses on some of the characteristics of successful academic writing styles across all disciplines.

Register here.

Critical Reading of Research Articles

Date:

  • 21 July

Interpreting and asking critical questions about a text and its subject matter.

Register here

Writing Coursework Assignments

Dates:

  • 23 July
  • 31 July

Looks at possible structures of coursework assignments, the component parts and the links between them.

Register here.

Managing Literature for Coursework

Date:

  • 24 July

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.

Register here.

Reading Strategies

Date:

  • 27 July

Covers reading strategies of skimming and scanning and provides practice using these.

Register here.

Critical Thinking

Date:

  • 28 July

Considers what it means to think critically and offers  a step by step approach to critical thinking. Bring a reading from a discipline you are studying in.

Register here.

Analytic Writing

Date:

  • 30 July
  • 6 August

Looks at the difference between analytical and descriptive writing, and the process involved in developing an analytical approach to ideas and information.

Register here.

Reading for Effective Notetaking

Date:

  • 3 August

Practices strategies for thoughtful notetaking and summarising.

Register here.

Developing an Argument

Date:

  • 5 August

Focuses on developing an argument by synthesising, evaluating and presenting evidence from relevant literature to substantiate a point of view.

Register here.

Using Evidence in Essays

Dates:

  • 5 August

Covers how to evaluate sources of evidence and to synthesise and use evidence critically to support an argument.

Register here.

Analytical Writing

Date:

  • 6 August

Looks at the difference between analytical and descriptive writing, and the process involved in developing an analytical approach to ideas and information.

Register here.

Introduction to Critical Writing in Essays

Date:

  • 7 August

Covers developing and demonstrating a critical perspective within essays.

Register here.

Language Strategies for Referring to Evidence

Date:

  • 7 August

Focuses on a range of grammatical structures, reporting verbs and tenses that are available for reporting on evidence, and presents guidelines for choosing these appropriately. 

Register here.

Academic Reading and Writing Workshops 

Dates:

  • 10 August - 11 September (enrolments open 3 August)

Focuses on a range of grammatical structures, reporting verbs and tenses that are available for reporting on evidence, and presents guidelines for choosing these appropriately. 

Register here.

Online Study Tips: Getting your space ready for online study

Date:

  • 28 July
  • 11 August
  • 25 August

This “Getting your space ready for online study” session will cover tips on how to set your study space up at home to maximise productivity. 

28 July: Register here

11 August: Register here.

25 August: Register here.

Online Study Tips: Managing Stress and Motivation

Date: 

  • 30 July
  • 3 September
  • 8 September

Get some practical tips on dealing with stress and beating procrastination at this “Managing Stress and Motivation” session.

30 July: Register here.

3 September: Register here.

8 September: Register here

Online Study Tips: Navigating your Online Classroom

Date: 

  • 4 August
  • 1 September 

Want to get the most out of each class or lecture? Join this “Navigating your Online Classroom” session.

4 August: Register here

1 September: Register here

Online Study Tips: Organising your digital life

Date:

  • 6 August
  • 10 September 

Need help managing the digital chaos in your life? Come along to this session for practical tips on “Organising your digital life” including email and file management.

6 August: Register here.

10 September: Register here

Online Study Tips: Understanding Canvas

Date:

  • 13 August
  • 27 August 

This “Understanding Canvas” session will cover all the Canvas basics to give you a head start on using the University’s learning management system so you’re ready for all of your classes.

13 August: Register here.

27 August: Register here

Coffee in the Cloud

Dates:

  • Friday 24 July
  • Wednesday 29 July 

Bring your coffee or cuppa, and come hang out with your Peer Learning Advisors (PLAs) and STAR Student Ambassadors on Zoom. We’ll be chatting about a different topic each week and can also answer any questions you might have. 

Register here

Trivia: DC Universe

Date:

  • Wednesday 29 July, 4:00 - 5:00pm 

Nana-Nana-Nana-Nana TRIVIA!

Meet new friends, have fun and test your knowledge of the DC Universe. This session will run on Zoom. You can come by yourself or bring your team.

Register here

Trivia: Marvel Cinematic Universe

Date: 

  • Monday 3 August, 4:00 - 5:00pm

Marvel fans - Assemble!

Meet new friends, have fun and test your knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This session will run on Zoom. You can come by yourself or assemble your team.

Register here

Trivia: Studio Ghibli

Date:

  • Wednesday 5 August, 4:00 - 5:00pm

Meet new friends, have fun and test your knowledge of the anime movies by Studio Ghibli! This session will run on Zoom. You can come by yourself or bring your friends.

Register here.

Trivia: Harry Potter

Date:

  • Monday 10 August, 4:00 - 5:00pm

It’s Levi-ooh-sa, not Levio-sah!

Meet new friends, have fun and test your knowledge of the Harry Potter books and movies. This session will run on Zoom. You can come by yourself or bring your friends.

Register here

Trivia: Music 2010 - Now

Date:

  • Wednesday 12 August, 4:00 - 5:00pm

Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande & Taylor Swift - How well do you know music from the last decade?

Meet new friends, have fun and test your knowledge of the music from that last decade. This session will run on Zoom. You can come by yourself or bring your friends.

Register here