Study skills

Study skills

Developing your study skills can help you reduce stress, enjoy your studies more, and help you achieve better marks. 


StudyWISE Weekly CalendarIn StudyWISE, the University’s academic literacies iLearn space, you can access materials that will help you improve your study skills. Topics in StudyWISE that can help you do this include: 

  • a week by week calendar about university life
  • managing your time
  • taking notes
  • active listening 
  • communicating with lecturers
  • reading and writing 

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.

Individual consultations with a Learning Adviser

A Learning Adviser is available at the library information desk to answer your questions about academic writing and study strategies. 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

Workshops on study skills

To see when our 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 

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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