All students are invited to attend these free workshops. No registration is required (unless it is an online workshop) and the workshops are suitable for both postgraduates or undergraduates who would like to develop specific academic skills.
Workshops marked 'advanced' cover topics in greater depth. They are suitable for postgraduate students or undergraduates looking to explore a topic in more depth.
Higher degree research candidates can also attend the HDR Learning Skills events.
The Learning Skills workshops are shown in the calendar below. They are mostly one hour but a few are 1.5 hours long, and all times are shown on the schedule.
2019 Session 1 Workshop Calendar
No registration is needed for these free 60-min or 90-min workshops. All currently enrolled Macquarie University students are welcome to attend.
|Mon 25 February||Getting started with academic writing||11 am - 12 pm||Library M4.02|
|Mon 25 February||Taking charge of your study||1 pm - 2 pm||Library M4.02|
|Tues 26 February||Taking better notes||11 am - 12 pm||Library M4.02|
|Tues 26 February||Avoiding common plagiarism errors||2 pm - 3 pm||Library M4.02|
|Wed 27 February||Paraphrasing effectively to express your ideas||11 am -12 pm||Library M4.02|
|Wed 27 February||Reading critically, reading effectively||1 pm - 2 pm||Library M4.02|
|Thurs 28 February||Constructing effective paragraphs||11 am -12 pm||Library M4.02|
|Thurs 28 February||Essay structure||2 pm - 3 pm||Library M4.02|
|Fri 1 March||Writing critically||1 pm - 2 pm||Library M4.02|
|Mon 4 March||Getting started with academic writing||12 pm - 1 pm||Library M4.02|
|Mon 4 March||Analysing assignment questions to improve your marks||2 pm - 3 pm||Library M4.02|
|Tues 5 March||Essay structure||11 am - 12 pm||Library M4.02|
|Tues 5 March||APA referencing||1 pm - 2 pm||Library M4.02|
|Thurs 7 March||Referencing essentials||11 am - 12 pm||Library M4.02|
|Thurs 7 March||Developing your essay argument||2 pm - 3 pm||Library M4.02|
|Fri 8 March||Writing clear sentences||11 am - 12 pm||Library M4.02|
|Mon 11 March||Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) 4||12 pm - 1 pm||Library M4.01|
|Mon 11 March||Taking better notes||2 pm - 3 pm||Library M4.02|
|Tues 12 March||Reading critically, reading effectively||11 am - 12 pm||Library M4.02|
|Tues 12 March||Selecting and evaluating academic sources (advanced)||12 pm - 1 pm||Library M4.02|
|Wed 13 March||Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) 4||11 am - 12 pm||Library M4.01|
|Thurs 14 March||Developing your essay argument||12 pm - 1 pm||Library M4.02|
|Thurs 14 March||Writing critically||2 pm - 3 pm||Library M4.02|
|Fri 15 March||Essay structure||12 pm - 1 pm||Library M4.02|
|Fri 15 March||Writing better introductions and conclusions||1 pm - 2 pm||Library M4.02|
Mid-session break weeks
|Mon 15 April||Shut up and write! (Bring your own writing to work on.)||1 pm - 3 pm|
|Tues 16 April||Making your writing more academic||11 am - 12 pm||M4.02|
|Wed 17 April||Finding sources for your assignment||11 am - 12 pm|
|Wed 17 April||APA referencing online workshop. Check back in Week 7 for a link to register for this workshop.||2 pm - 3 pm|
|Wed 24 April||Improve your essay (Bring an essay to work on.)||12 pm - 1:30 pm||M4.02|
|Tues 14 May||Writing critically||12 pm - 1 pm||Library M4.02|
|Thurs 16 May||Making your writing more academic||11 am - 12 pm||Library M4.02|
|Wed 22 May||Preparing for exams||1 pm - 2 pm||Library M4.02|
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.
Click on the headings below for workshop topics and descriptions. Most workshops will suit coursework students at all levels. Workshops that offer more in-depth treatment of a topic are labelled advanced.
Skills for academic study
Do you feel anxious at the thought of your exams? Don't panic! This workshop provides:
Taking charge of your study
Realising your potential is about study smarter! Do you want to read effectively, take better notes, and prepare productively? This session will give you strategies to manage your study load and maximise your learning.
Reading effectively, reading critically
Finding it hard to locate the main points in the readings? Not sure how to read critically? Worried about the large amount of reading you have to do? This hands-on workshop will cover:
Taking better notes
Why take notes when lectures, PowerPoints and readings are available online? In this workshop, you'll:
Researching and referencing
AGLC4: Referencing in Law
Are you worried about using the AGLC4? This workshop, presented by a law librarian, explains the mysteries of legal citation. You'll learn:
APA is one of the most common referencing styles at university. In this nuts-and-bolts-workshop you'll learn how to:
APA referencing WEBINAR
APA is one of the main referencing styles used at Macquarie. This online workshop will cover:
Avoiding common plagiarism errors
Plagiarism in your assignments can result in lower marks and academic penalties. Come to this workshop to find out:
Finding sources for your assignment
Not sure where to begin with researching your assignment? In this workshop you’ll learn how to:
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:
Referencing and citation are core skills for university, and once you know the basics you can apply them to any referencing system. In this workshop you'll learn and practice the principles that will enable you to cite effectively and create an accurate reference list.
Selecting and evaluating academic sources (advanced)
Many assignments require you to find information beyond your class readings. But how do you find information, and how do you know whether it's appropriate? This workshop will explain:
Assignments, writing and academic language
Analysing assignment questions to improve your marks
A common problem at university is understanding assignment questions. Don't lose marks because you don’t fully understand what you have to do! This workshop covers how to:
Constructing effective paragraphs
Have you ever received the feedback that your ideas are not clear? Express your ideas more effectively with well-organised paragraphs. This practical workshop will cover:
Developing your essay argument
Do you get marker’s feedback saying that your essays do not have an argument? This workshop will cover:
A well-structured essay provides the framework for writing a good essay. This workshop will cover:
Essay structure WEBINAR
This online workshop will cover:
Getting started with academic writing
If you are new to writing at the university level, this introductory workshop will give you an overview of the features and requirements of academic writing. You’ll learn about:
Making your writing more academic
Myth #1: Academic writing means you have to write long, complicated sentences. Wrong! In this workshop, you'll:
Writing better introductions and conclusions
Although only making up about 20% of your essay, the introduction and conclusion are extremely important. This workshop will focus on:
Writing clear sentences
Do you get feedback that your sentences are confusing and unclear? Through examples and practice activities, you'll:
The strategies in this workshop will also improve your skills as a reader!
From your first week at uni you'll be told how important it is to think critically. How do you demonstrate this in your writing? This workshop will:
Writing critically WEBINAR
This online workshop will cover:
Shut up and write! (2 hours)
|Got an assignment due soon? Having trouble focusing on writing? Beat procrastination and get your writing done in this power-packed session. Shut up and write! sessions are designed to be social and help you set and achieve your goals. Bring your own device and the assignment you're working on. You're welcome to come for just the first hour, the second hour, or the full session. Snacks and encouragement provided!|
Improve your essay
Have you ever wondered how to make a draft essay better? In this session you'll learn strategies for revising and improving your essay, and will be able to work on it with the advice and help of Learning Advisers. Bring along your own device and the essay you are working on.