Academic language

Academic language

StudyWISE

StudyWISE contains resources on writing in an academic style, as well as resources on developing your vocabulary and on improving your grammar. You can take a quiz on academic language or on grammar errors, and access resources for self-study. 

New students are automatically enrolled into StudyWISE, and will find it on their iLearn homepage under 'Student Support: Skill Building and Help Resources'.

If you cannot find it, you can self-enrol using your OneID and password.

Support for HDR students 

HDR students will find targeted support at HDR workshops and learning support.

Individual consultations with a Learning Adviser

A Learning Adviser is available at the library information desk to answer your questions about academic style, writing and assignments. It’s helpful to bring your assignment questions, unit guides and/or marked assignments with you. 

Info desk hours: Monday–Friday 12pm to 2pm
(Week 3 to Week 13 and during mid-session break)

Alternatively, you can contact a Learning Adviser online using the form here

Learning Skills workshops 

To see when our academic language skills workshops are running, view the academic language and workshops calendar.

Learning Skills' 60- and 90-minute workshops are free and there's no need to register. All currently enrolled Macquarie students are welcome to attend.

Most workshops will suit coursework students at all levels. However, there are also workshops that offer more in-depth treatment. These are labelled as Advanced in the list below.

Academic style and language workshops

Macquarie students can attend workshops on the following academic language skills topics.

Making your writing more academic

Myth #1: Academic writing means you must write long, complicated sentences. In this workshop, you'll:

  • find out what is and isn't important in academic writing
  • review common conventions of academic writing
  • practise academic writing style using simple examples

What makes writing ‘academic’? (advanced)

This workshop aims to demystify academic style. Using examples and practice activities, it shows you how to use the main features of academic style to create clear, concise and powerful academic writing.

This workshop focuses on:

  • the main characteristics of academic writing
  • what to avoid in academic writing
  • language features of academic writing

Making your argument flow (advanced)

How do you effectively present and maintain a consistent argument in your writing? This workshop shows you how to:

  • Set up and maintain arguments
  • Make your text coherent
  • Use cohesive devices to link ideas

Paraphrasing effectively to express your ideas

Students are told to use their own ‘voice’ as well as to refer to the ideas of others. How is it possible to do both in one assignment? This workshop will:

  • explain what "voice" means in academic writing
  • demonstrate the difference between quoting, summarising and paraphrasing
  • give practical tips on paraphrasing strategies

Writing clear sentences

Do you get feedback that your sentences are confusing and unclear? Through examples and practice activities, you'll:

  • discover common causes of unclear writing
  • practice identifying and fixing these problems
  • the strategies in this workshop will also improve your skills as a reader
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