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Academic Skills Workshops

Academic Skills provides a range of free workshops which help you develop skills and strategies to enhance your learning.

You can attend as many of these workshops as you like. Choose from the list below. Workshop registration is open to all USC students across all USC campuses.

Academic Skills Workshops are run pre-semester, in orientation week and during semester.

To register for a workshop

To register for any of these workshops: 

  1. Log on as a current student in Student Hub using your USC username and password
  2. Once logged into to Student Hub under the Home tab, navigate to Academic Advice 
  3. Select View or register for Academic skills workshops and events
  4. Search by campus or by workshop name
Study Skills
Learning Strategies Workshop

Learn some simple strategies to enhance your learning, improve your skills and get the most out of your tertiary studies.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Monday 3 July 10-11am LT6, Building K Pre-semester 2, 2017
Wednesday 12 July 10-11am EG.18 Pre-semester 2, 2017
Monday 24 July 4-5pm EG.10 Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Thursday 27 July 3-4pm EG.10 Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Time and Task Management Workshop

Being able to manage your time effectively and efficiently is crucial to success at university. But everybody has a different combination of commitments they have to juggle. Finding the right balance, and sticking as far as possible to a plan, are the key strategies that successful students use. This workshop will assist you to plan your semester.

Date Time Venue Scheduled 
Monday 3 July 11.30am-1pm LT6, Building K Pre-semester 2, 2017
Wednesday 12 July 11.30am-1pm EG.18 Pre-semester 2, 2017
Monday 17 July 9-10am LT 2, Building K Orientation Week, Semester 2, 2017
Monday 17 July 11am-12pm LT 6, Building K Orientation Week, Semester 2, 2017
Tuesday 25 July 4-5pm EG.10 Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Wednesday 26 July 3-4pm EG.10 Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Wednesday 2 August 3-4pm EG.10 Week 2, Semester 2, 2017
Reading, Listening and Notetaking Workshop

An introduction to identifying essential information and taking effective notes in class and while you study.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Monday 3 July 1.30-3pm LT6, Building K Pre-semester 2, 2017
Wednesday 12 July 1.30-3pm EG.18 Pre-semester 2, 2017
Monday 17 July 9-10am LT 6, Building K Orientation Week, Semester 2, 2017
Monday 17 July 1-2pm LT 1, Building K Orientation Week, Semester 2, 2017
Wednesday 26 July 1-2pm EG.10 Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Thursday 10 August 10-11am EG.10 Week 3, Semester 2, 2017
Quiz, Test & Exam Workshop

Introduction to the purpose of university quizzes, test and exams; and to strategies and tips to help you prepare.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Thursday 27 July 4-5pm EG.10 Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Wednesday 2 August 1-2pm EG.10 Week 2, Semester 2, 2017
Wednesday 9 August 10-11am EG.10 Week 3, Semester 2, 2017
Task Analysis
Analysing Assignment Questions Workshop

Learn to look for the most important aspects needed to analyse assignment questions.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Tuesday 4 July  10-11am LT6, Building K Pre-semester 2, 2017
Thursday 13 July 10-11am H1.G.45
Pre-semester 2, 2017
Wednesday 26 July 4-5pm EG.10 Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Monday 31 July 3-4pm EG.10 Week 2, Semester 2, 2017
Thursday 3 August  3-4pm EG.10 Week 2, Semester 2, 2017
Research
Researching (Introduction to the USC Library) Workshop

An introduction to USC Library resources and the research process.

Date Time Venue Scheduled 
Tuesday 4 July  11.30am-1pm LT6, Building K Pre-semester 2, 2017
Thursday 13 July 11.30am-12.30pm H1.G.45 Pre-semester 2, 2017
Critical Thinking and Writing

Introduction to critical thinking and reading for university studies.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Monday 17 July 11am-12pm LT 1, Building K Orientation Week, Semester 2, 2017
Monday 17 July 1-2pm LT 2, Building K Orientation Week, Semester 2, 2017
Academic Writing
Academic Writing Workshop

This workshop is held over 4 sessions*. and is designed for students with English as a first language.

By the end of the workshops you should have:

  • Enhanced awareness around grammar, sentence and paragraph structure
  • Developed knowledge of communicating meaning (function of verbs and tenses)
  • Built skills relating to organising and connecting ideas through summarising and paraphrasing
  • Applied learning by Proofreading sample documents
Session Date Time Venue Scheduled
Part 1  Monday 24 July 10am-12pm EG.10 Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Part 2 Tuesday 25 July 10am-12pm EG.10 Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Part 3 Monday 31 July 10am-12pm EG.10  Week 2, Semester 2, 2017
Part 4 Tuesday 1 August 10am-12pm EG.10  Week 2, Semester 2, 2017
Part 1 (Repeat) Monday 24 July 1-3pm EG.10  Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Part 2 (Repeat) Tuesday 25 July 1-3pm EG.10  Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Part 3 (Repeat) Monday 24 July 1-3pm EG.10  Week 2, Semester 2, 2017
Part 4 (Repeat) Tuesday 1 August 1-3pm EG.10  Week 2, Semester 2, 2017

*Register in Student Hub for a Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and a Part 4 session to complete the entire workshop.

Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarising Workshop

An introduction to ways of using sources in your academic writing.

Date Time Location Scheduled
Tuesday 4 July 1.30-3pm LT6, Building K Pre-semester 2, 2017
Thursday 13 July 1.30-3pm H1.G.45 Pre-semester 2, 2017
Paraphrasing Workshop

An introduction to paraphrasing sources in your academic writing.

Date Time Location Scheduled
Friday 4 August 10-11am EG.10 Week 2, Semester 2, 2017
Tuesday 8 August 10-11am EG.10 Week 3, Semester 2, 2017
Essay Writing Workshop

An introduction to essay structure and argument.

Date

Time

Venue

 Scheduled

 Wednesday 5 July 10-11.30am EG.18

Pre-semester 2, 2017

Friday 14 July 10-11.30am EG.18

Pre-semester 2, 2017

Thursday 3 August 4-5pm EG.10

Week 2, Semester 2, 2017

Friday 4 August 11am-12pm EG.10

Week 2, Semester 2, 2017

Business Report Writing Workshop

An introduction to the elements required to structure and write a business report.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Wednesday 5 July  12-1.30pm EG.18 Pre-semester 2, 2017
Friday 14 July 12-1.30pm EG.18 Pre-semester 2, 2017
Tuesday 1 August 4-5pm EG.10 Week 2, Semester 2, 2017
Scientific Report Writing Workshop

This workshop focuses on the core study skill of scientific report writing.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Wednesday 5 July 1.30-3pm EG.18 Pre-semester 2, 2017
Friday 14 July 1.30-3pm EG.18 Pre-semester 2, 2017
Referencing
Referencing Style Basics Workshop

Create the most common entries in a reference list and use in-text references appropriately.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Monday 17 July 9-10am LT 1, Building K Orientation Week, Semester 2, 2017
Monday 17 July 11am-12pm LT 2, Building K Orientation Week, Semester 2, 2017
Monday 17 July 1-2pm LT 6, Building K Orientation Week, Semester 2, 2017
Harvard Referencing Style Workshop

Create the most common entries in a reference list and use in-text references appropriately.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Monday 24 July 3-4pm EG.10 Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Friday 28 July 10-11am EG.10 Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Tuesday 1 August 3-4pm EG.10 Week 2, Semester 2, 2017
Monday 7 August 11am-12pm EG.10 Week 3, Semester 2, 2017
APA Referencing Style Workshop

Create the most common entries in a reference list and use in-text references appropriately.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Tuesday 25 July  3-4pm EG.10 Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Friday 28 July 11am-12pm EG.10 Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Wednesday 2 August 4-5pm EG.10 Week 2, Semester 2, 2017
Monday 7 August 10-11am EG.10 Week 3, Semester 2, 2017
Proofreading / Editing / Grammar
Proofreading Workshop

This workshop is held over 2 days* and  will help you develop skills in editing academic writing. You will learn basic rules of grammar, paragraph and sentence structure, and techniques in paraphrasing and editing.

Day Module Date Time Venue Scheduled
Day 1 Process, sentences and punctuation Thursday 6 July 9am-12pm EG.18 Pre-semester 2, 2017
Day 2 Voice, grammar and cohesion Friday 7 July 9am-12pm EG.18 Pre-semester 2, 2017
Day 1 (Repeat) Process, sentences and punctuation Monday 10 July 12-3pm EG.18 Pre-semester 2, 2017
Day 2 (Repeat) Voice, grammar and cohesion Tuesday 11 July 12-3pm EG.18 Pre-semester 2, 2017

*Register in Student Hub for Day 1 and Day 2 sessions to complete the entire workshop.

English for Academic Study (EAS) Workshop

This four part informal module is designed for all students (non-English speaking background and students with English as a first language) to:

  • provide English language support
  • assist in improving academic language skills

Course Objectives

By the end of these workshops you should have:

  • Enhanced awareness around sentence and paragraph structure

  • Developed knowledge of communicating meaning (function of verbs and tenses)

  • Built skills relating to organising and connecting ideas through summarising and paraphrasing

  • Applied learning by Proofreading sample documents

Session Date Time Venue Scheduled
Part 1  Wednesday 26 July 10am-12pm EG.10 Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Part 2 Thursday 27 July 10am-12pm EG.10 Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Part 3 Wednesday 2 August 10am-12pm EG.10 Week 2, Semester 2, 2017
Part 4 Thursday 3 August 10am-12pm EG.10  Week 2, Semester 2, 2017
Part 1 (Repeat) Thursday 27 July 1-3pm EG.10 Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Part 2 (Repeat) Friday 28 July 1-3pm EG.10  Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Part 3 (Repeat) Thursday 3 August 1-3pm EG.10  Week 2, Semester 2, 2017
Part 4 (Repeat) Friday 4 August 1-3pm EG.10  Week 2, Semester 2, 2017

*Register in Student Hub for a Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and a Part 4 session to complete the entire workshop.

Postgraduate
Academic Writing for Postgraduate Business Students Workshop

This session will give insight to the academic and research expectations of assignment writing and how to gain support. It provides: an overview of the writing and researching process; a library tour; and an awareness about academic writing and referencing protocols.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
      To be confirmed
Postgraduate Academic Skills Workshop

This two day workshop is for postgraduate coursework students.

Day 1 workshop includes: Time management, critical reading and essay writing

Day 2 workshop includes: Reflective writing, report writing and research proposal skills

Course Objectives

By the end of this workshop you should have:

  • Enhanced awareness around time management, critical reading, essay writing, reflective writing, report writing and research proposal skills
  • Developed knowledge of the advanced study skills required for a postgraduate course
  • Built skills relating to the various elements of academic skills for postgraduate study
  • Applied learning by practising the skills learned
Day Module Date Time Venue Scheduled
Day 1 Time management Monday 10 July 9am-12pm EG.18 Pre-semester 2, 2017
  Critical reading        
  Essay Writing        
Day 2 Reflective writing Tuesday 11 July 9am-12pm EG.18 Pre-semester 2, 2017
  Report writing Argument        
  Research Proposal        

*Register in Student Hub for Day 1 & Day 2 to complete the entire course

Study Skills Workshops
Reading, listening, note taking

This workshop will cover the topics of (1) Reading for understanding, (2) Listening for understanding, (3) Taking notes, and (4) Making notes.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Monday 17 July 9:00 - 10:30 FCA1.39 Pre-semester 2, 2017
Learning strategies

This workshop will cover the topics of (1) Know yourself, (2) The PASS strategy, (3) Be strategic, and (4) Combining learning strategies.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Tuesday 18 July 11:00 - 12:30 FCA1.39 Pre-semester 2, 2017
Time and task management

This workshop will cover the topics of (1) , (2) , (3) , and (4) .

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Wednesday 19 July 9:00 - 10:30 FCA1.39 Pre-semester 2, 2017
Referencing and Research
Researching

This workshop will cover the topics of (1) Boolean searches, (2) What makes a good source, (3) Bibliographies and reference lists, and (4) Reviewing the literature.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Monday, 17 July 11:00 - 12:30 FCA1.39 Pre-semester 2, 2017
Academic Writing
Scientific report writing

This workshop will cover the topics of (1) IMRaD, (2) Materials, method, results, (3) Discussion, conclusions, and (4) Introduction, title abstract.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Monday 17 July 13:30 - 15:00 FCA1.39 Pre-semester 2, 2017
Business report writing

This workshop will cover the topics of (1) Managing time, (2) Long-term planning, (3) Short-term planning, and (4) Managing assignments.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Tuesday 18 July 13:30 - 15:00 FCA1.39 Pre-semester 2, 2017
Quoting, paraphrasing, summarising

This workshop will cover the topics of (1) What to quote, when to quote, (2) Paraphrasing, (3) Summarising, and (4) In-text citations.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Wednesday 19 July 11:00 - 12:30 FCA1.39 Pre-semester 2, 2017
Essay writing

This workshop will cover the topics of (1) The skeleton, (2) Body paragraphs, (3) The introduction, and (4) The conclusion.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Wednesday 19 July 13:30 - 15:00 FCA1.39 Pre-semester 2, 2017
Study Skills
Exam Strategies

Learn some simple strategies and tips to help you prepare for exams.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Tuesday 24 October 1-2pm GY1. G.17 Week 13, Semester 2, 2017
Learning Strategies and Time Management

Learn some simple strategies to enhance your learning approaches, improve your time management skills and get the most out of your tertiary studies.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Friday 21 July 10-11.30am  GY1. G.17 Orientation Week, Semester 2, 2017
Reading, Listening and Note taking

An introduction to identifying essential information and taking effective notes in class and while you study.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Friday 21 July 12-1.30pm  GY1. G.17 Orientation Week, Semester 2, 2017
Analysing Assignment Questions

Learn to look for the most important aspects needed to analyse assignment questions.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Friday 21 July 2-3.00pm  GY1. G.17 Orientation Week, Semester 2, 2017
Research
Referencing Basics Workshop

Create the most common entries in a reference list and use in-text references appropriately.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Tuesday 25 July 1-2pm GY1. G.17 Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing

Introduction to critical thinking and reading for university studies. At university, the ability to critically analyse the texts you read is often an important component of a wide variety of assessment items.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Tuesday 1 August 10-11.00am  GY1. G.13, Lecture Theatre Week 2, Semester 2, 2017
Academic Writing
Academic Writing Workshop

This workshop is designed to assist with formal writing style and language development.

Date

Time

Venue

Scheduled
 Tuesday 25 July 10-11.30am GY1. G.13, Lecture Theatre Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarising Workshop

An introduction to ways of using sources in your academic writing.

Date Time Location Scheduled
Tuesday 1 August 1-2.30pm GY1. G.17 Week 2, Semester 2, 2017
Essay Writing Workshop

An introduction to essay structure and argument.

Date

Time

Venue

Scheduled
 Tuesday 8 August 10-11.00am GY1. G.13, Lecture Theatre Week 3, Semester 2, 2017
Business report writing

An introduction to the elements required to structure and write a business report.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Tuesday 8 August 1-2pm GY1. G.17 Week 3, Semester 2, 2017
Study Skills
Learning Strategies Workshop

Learn some simple strategies to enhance your learning, improve your skills and get the most out of your tertiary studies.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Tuesday 18 July 9-9.45am SBA4-2.01 Orientation Week, Semester 2, 2017
Time and Task Management Workshop

Being able to manage your time effectively and efficiently is crucial to success at university. But everybody has a different combination of commitments they have to juggle. Finding the right balance, and sticking as far as possible to a plan, are the key strategies that successful students use. This workshop will assist you to plan your semester.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Tuesday 18 July 9.45-10.30am SBA4-2.01 Orientation Week, Semester 2, 2017
Wednesday 26 July 12-12.30pm SBA4-2.06 Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Monday 31 July 9-9.30am SBA4-2.06 Week 2, Semester 2, 2017
Reading, Listening and Notetaking Workshop

An introduction to identifying essential information and taking effective notes in class and while you study.

Date Time Venue Scheduled 
Tuesday 18 July 11.20am-1.00pm SBA4-2.01 Orientation Week, Semester 2, 2017
Exam Strategies Workshop

Introduction to strategies and tips to help you prepare for tests and exams.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Monday 16 October 10-10.30am SBA4-2.06 Week 12, Semester 2, 2017
Wednesday 18 October 1-1.30pm SBA4-2.06 Week 12, Semester 2, 2017
Task Analysis
Analysing Assignment Questions Workshop

Learn to look for the most important aspects needed to analyse assignment questions.

Date Time Venue Scheduled 
Tuesday 18 July 10.30-11.00am SBA4-2.01 Orientation Week, Semester 2, 2017
Wednesday 2 August 10.30-11am SBA4-2.06 Week 2, Semester 2, 2017
Monday 7 August 9-9.30am SBA4-2.06 Week 3, Semester 2, 2017
Referencing and Research
Referencing Style Basics Workshop

Create the most common entries in a reference list and use in-text references appropriately.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Wednesday 26 July 12.30-1pm SBA4-2.06 Week 1, Semester 2, 2017
Monday 31 July 9.30-10am SBA4-2.06 Week 2, Semester 2, 2017
Wednesday 9 August 1-1.30pm SBA4-2.06 Week 3, Semester 2, 2017
Monday 14 August 12-12.30pm SBA4-2.06 Week 4, Semester 2, 2017
Critical Thinking and Writing Workshop

Introduction to critical thinking and reading for university studies.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Monday 7 August 9.30-10am SBA4-2.06 Week 3, Semester 2, 2017
Wednesday 9 August 12-12.30pm SBA4-2.06 Week 3, Semester 2, 2017
Academic Writing
Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarising Workshop

This workshop focuses on the core study skills of quoting, paraphrasing and summarising. It is an introduction to ways of using sources in your academic writing.

Date Time Location Scheduled
Wednesday 19 July 9-10am SBA4-2.17 (Computer Classroom) Orientation Week, Semester 2, 2017
Argument and Features of Academic Writing

Introduction to argument and features of academic writing.

Date

Time

Venue

Scheduled 

Wednesday 19 July 10-11am  SBA4-2.17 (Computer Classroom) Orientation Week, Semester 2, 2017
Essay and Report Writing Workshop

An introduction to elements and features required to structure essays and business reports.

Date

Time

Venue

Scheduled 

Wednesday 19 July  11.20am-1pm SBA4-2.17 (Computer Classroom)  Orientation Week, Semester 2, 2017
Essay Writing Workshop

An introduction to the elements required to structure and write a business report.

Date

Time

Venue

Scheduled 

Monday 14 August 11-11.30am SBA4-2.06 Week 4, Semester 2, 2017
Report Writing Workshop

An introduction to the elements required to structure and write a business report.

Date

Time

Venue

Scheduled 

Wednesday 9 August 12.30-1pm SBA4-2.06 Week 3, Semester 2, 2017
Monday 11 September 10-10.30am SBA4-2.06 Week 8, Semester 2, 2017
Wednesday 18 October 1.30-2pm SBA4-2.06 Week 12, Semester 2, 2017
Postgraduate
Academic Skills for Master of Health Promotion students Workshop

This workshop helps you to develop skills and strategies to meet the demands of postgraduate university study. Topics include Academic integrity; Managing the workload; Library research and health databases; Using evidence in your writing; Features of academic writing.

Date Time Venue Scheduled
Thursday 20 July 9am-1pm  SBA4-2.17 Orientation Week, Semester 2, 2017
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