Academic Skills Workshops - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Academic Skills Workshops

Below you will find recordings of workshops and resources that can help you develop a wide range of academic skills. Self-help guides and LinkedIn training are also available to help you develop your academic skills at any time. To find out more about the services available to you, check out the Engaging with Support resource.

Analysing Assignment Questions

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

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Approaches to Study and Research

This workshop will enhance your understanding of academic expectations at USC and offer strategies to improve your research and study skills. Highly recommended for commencing international students.

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Balancing your Studies

Being able to manage your time effectively is crucial to success at university, but everybody has a different combination of commitments they have to juggle. This workshop discusses how to manage time and stress and maintain your wellbeing.

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Engaging with Support

Learn about USC services and resources to support study and learning and how to use them to succeed.

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Learning Strategies

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

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Reading and Notetaking

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

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Quiz, Test and Exam Preparation

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

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Tips from Students

Looking for some advice on effective study tips? Who better to ask than current students!

  • Check out these short videos created by students about their effective study strategies (closed captions are available)
Essay Writing

An introduction to the process required to structure and write an essay.

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Quoting, Summarising and Paraphrasing

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

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Report Writing

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

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Steps to Improve your Writing

Enhance your awareness and knowledge of communicating meaning through academic writing through drafting and proofreading.

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Understanding Academic Writing

Enhance your awareness around academic writing style and develop your knowledge of sentence structure and organising and connecting ideas.

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APA Referencing

Enhance your awareness around the principles of using APA referencing style, how to create the most common entries in a reference list and use in-text references appropriately.

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Harvard Referencing

Enhance your awareness around the principles of using Harvard referencing style, how to create the most common entries in a reference list and use in-text references appropriately.

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Referencing and Academic Integrity

Develop your knowledge about the principles of referencing and how to use evidence appropriately within university study.

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Approaches to Study and Research

This workshop will enhance your understanding of academic expectations at USC and offer strategies to improve your research and study skills. Highly recommended for commencing international students.

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Clinical Conversations

If you are an international nursing student wanting to prepare for your clinical placement, these monthly workshops offer an opportunity to develop communication skills important for nurses and all health professionals. Currently, these workshops run on the last Monday of each month.

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Engaging with Support

Learn about USC services and resources to support study and learning and how to use them to succeed.

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Quoting, Summarising and Paraphrasing

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

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Referencing and Academic Integrity

Develop your knowledge about the principles of referencing and how to use evidence appropriately within university study.

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Postgraduate skills - Academic Style

Designed for postgraduate coursework students, this workshop focuses on the conventions of academic writing and offers practical strategies and tips to help you write in an academic style.

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Postgraduate skills - Critical Reading

Learn strategies and methods to focus your reading and make effective notes. Designed for postgraduate students, this workshop outlines how to approach reading and note-making in a way that encourages critical thinking rather than information overload.

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Postgraduate skills - Essay Writing

Designed for postgraduate coursework students, this workshop discusses how to analyse a task, search for sources and structure an essay.

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Postgraduate skills - Report Writing

Designed for postgraduate coursework students, this workshop offers strategies to write a well-structured report.

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