Learning skills

Learning skills

StudyWISE and other online resources

StudyWISE is the University’s academic literacies iLearn space. Students can locate materials they need to solve specific assignment-related questions or to build their reading, writing and other academic skills. Watch our video to show how StudyWISE can give students a boost just in time for an assessment or exam.

Structure and topics

The landing page is designed so that users can see all the topics, and select the pages they need. Resources are organised into five sections:

  1. Starting at uni
  2. Skills and strategies for success
  3. Writing your assignment
  4. Types of assignments

Students can select some or all sections of StudyWISE to support them when needed. There is no need to work through the resources in order.

Discipline-specific assistance

StudyWISE provides actual student assignments from different disciplines and at different levels, complete with marker comments. Other StudyWISE pages on writing use examples from across a variety of disciplines.

Access and enrolment

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

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

Academic integrity

The academic integrity module for Students is an iLearn resource created by Learning Skills to help you learn about:

  • What ‘academic integrity’ is and why it's important
  • Acceptable and unacceptable academic behaviours at university
  • What plagiarism is and key strategies to avoid it
  • Your responsibilities in relation to academic integrity and your rights under the Macquarie University Academic Honesty Policy.

Once you enrol in the Academic Integrity Module for Students, you can access it from your iLearn course list under the category "Student Support".

Do you need to talk to someone about an assignment, or any other academic skill issue? A Learning Adviser is available at the Library Information Desk to answer students' questions about assignments, academic writing and study strategies. It is helpful to bring your assignment question, unit guide, and/or marked assignment. 

  • Note: Learning Advisers are not able to proofread assignments prior to submission. 
  • Info Desk Hours: Monday - Friday, 12 to 2pm
    (Week 3 to Week 13 and during mid-session break)

Numeracy centre

The Numeracy Centre offers a number of services including a free drop-in service, weekly workshops for some first-year courses, bridging programs and preparatory courses at the beginning of each semester and some on-line resources.

Learning skills workshops

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 of a topic. These are labelled as ‘advanced’ in the list below.

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

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

Macquarie students can attend workshops on the following study skills topics:

Habits of high achieving students

Individuals learn in different ways and at different speeds – even in the same course. You can become a more successful learner if you adopt study strategies that are most suited to you. In this workshop, we will explore what successful students do to:

  • improve study effectiveness
  • achieve higher marks
  • avoid burnout and enjoy university more

Time management for busy students

Effectively managing your time at university is key to academic success. Come to this workshop to learn:

  • How much time you need to spend on your study
  • Ways to set realistic goals and create better schedules-and reduce stress
  • Techniques to manage your time effectively - minimise procrastination and distractions

Taking better notes

Do you need to take notes when lectures and readings are available online? In this workshop, you'll: 

  • learn why note-taking is an important skill for learning and exam revision
  • review the basic strategies for note-taking
  • discover new note-taking techniques for specific study situations

Managing your reading load

Feeling swamped and stressed by all the readings you do? Finding it hard to locate the main points in the readings? In this workshop, you'll:

  • discover techniques for reading academic texts more effectively
  • learn how to increase your concentration while reading
  • consider strategies for more effective online reading

Reading critically

What does it mean to ‘read critically’? How do I do it? Using examples and activities, this workshop will:

  • explain what 'reading critically' is, and what it’s not
  • present questions you can use as you read
  • show you how these might be used in your writing

Preparing for exams

Do you feel anxious at the thought of your exams? Don't panic! This workshop provides:

  • practical tips to get you organised
  • useful revision strategies
  • ways to approach different types of exam questions

Oral presentation practice (advanced)

Is it a while since you've given a presentation, or do you find public speaking frightening? In this workshop, you'll:

  • practise important skills for delivering a presentation (voice, body language, structure) 
  • get feedback to help you improve 
  • learn techniques for dealing with nerves

In this workshop, you will learn by doing, so prepare to join in. Feel free to bring in your oral presentation assignments.

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