Workshop calendar

Workshop calendar

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.

Find out more about what each Learning Skills workshop covers.

2020 Session 1 Workshop Calendar

No registration is needed for these free workshops. All currently enrolled Macquarie University students are welcome to attend.

Week 1

Date Workshop title Time Room
Mon 24 FebruaryGetting started with academic writing 11 am - 12 pm Library M4.01
Mon 24 FebruaryTaking charge of your study1 pm - 2 pmLibrary M4.02
Tues 25 FebruaryTaking better notes11 am - 12 pmLibrary M4.02
Tues 25 FebruaryAvoiding common plagiarism errors 2 pm - 3 pm Library M4.02
Wed 26 FebruaryParaphrasing effectively to express your ideas12 pm - 1 pmLibrary M4.02
Wed 26 February Reading critically, reading effectively1 pm - 2 pm Library M4.02
Thur 27 FebruaryEssay structure11 am - 12 pm Library M4.02
Thur 27 FebruaryWriting better introductions and conclusions12 pm - 1 pm Library M4.02
Fri 28 FebruaryWriting critically1 pm - 2 pm Library M4.02

Week 2

Mon 2 MarchAPA referencing 11 am - 12 pm Library M4.03
Tues 3 MarchGetting started with academic writing2 pm - 3 pm Library M4.01
Wed 4 MarchEssay structure12 pm - 1 pmLibrary M4.02
Wed 4 MarchConstructing effective paragraphs1 pm - 2 pmLibrary M4.02
Thur 5 MarchDeveloping your essay argument12 pm - 1 pmLibrary M4.02
Fri 6 MarchReferencing essentials11 am - 12 pmLibrary M4.02

Week 3

Mon 9 MarchAnalysing assignment questions to improve your marks11 am - 12 pmLibrary M4.02
Mon 9 MarchPostgraduate Masterclass: Managing your studies12 pm - 2 pmLibrary M4.03
Tue 10 MarchTaking better notes2 pm - 3 pmLibrary M4.02
Wed 11 MarchAGLC4: Referencing in Law11 am - 12 pm Library M4.01
Wed 11 MarchSelecting and evaluating academic sources1 pm - 2 pm Library M4.01
Wed 11 MarchPostgraduate Masterclass: Managing your studies (online workshop). Please register here.6 pm - 8 pmOnline via Zoom
Thur 12 MarchWriting critically11 am - 12 pmLibrary M4.02

Week 4

Thur 19 MarchAGLC4: Referencing in Law1 pm - 2 pmLibrary M4.01

Mid-session break weeks

Tue 14 AprilAvoiding common plagiarism errors online workshop. Please check in week 7 for registration details.12 pm - 1 pmOnline via Zoom
Wed 15 AprilWriting critically online workshop. Please check in week 7 for registration details.12 pm - 1 pm
Online via Zoom
Fri 17 AprilMaking your writing more academic online workshop. Please check in week 7 for registration details.12 pm - 1 pm
Online via Zoom
Tue 21 AprilParaphrasing effectively to express your ideas online workshop. Please check in week 7 for registration details.12 pm - 1 pmOnline via Zoom
Wed 22 AprilReferencing essentials online workshop. Please check in week 7 for registration details.12 pm - 1 pmOnline via Zoom

Week 12

Mon 25 May Preparing for exams online workshop. Please check in week 11 for registration details. 12 pm - 1 pm Online via Zoom

Workshop descriptions

Learning Skills workshops are free and there's no need to register, unless they are marked as Online via Zoom. 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

Postgraduate Masterclass: managing your studies

Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work in your postgraduate course? Would you like to learn how to manage the work effectively?

This 2-hour workshop will focus on:

  • time-management (both in terms of managing your workload and balancing study and life commitments)
  • how and where to seek help
  • how to manage your course readings and note-taking

It will also explore the important cognitive skills a postgraduate student is expected to master as well as the social dimensions of study and university life.

Preparing for exams

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

  • practical ways you can get organised
  • useful revision techniques
  • strategies to manage anxiety and contacts for help
  • ways to approach different types of exam questions.

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 critically, reading effectively

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:

  • strategies for managing your reading load
  • techniques for locating key ideas in academic texts
  • questions to help you think critically as you read

Taking better notes

Why take notes when lectures, PowerPoints 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 purposes
  • consider strategies and tools for digital note-taking.
Improve your pronunciation #1Did you know that intonation can be more important than the correct pronunciation of individual words? This workshop will focus on achieving native-speaker proficiency in intonation, and on the correct pronunciation of individual words. It will also give you some strategies to keep improving pronunciation on your own.
Improve your pronunciation #2Would you like to sound like a native speaker? This workshop will provide a more in-depth focus on the mechanics of correct pronunciation and the principles behind it. You will also learn how to listen to native speakers to improve your own pronunciation.
Speaking out in tutorialsAre you hesitant to speak out in tutorials or other academic situations? This workshop will cover strategies for developing confidence in speaking, and for coping with nerves, anxieties about 'getting it right', and/or issues with language proficiency.
Strategies to improve your EnglishMany international students say that they don't get enough opportunities to practice speaking English.  This workshop will cover ways to create opportunities to speak English, as well as strategies for maximising your reading, listening and writing abilities.

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:

  • how to use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (Fourth Edition) effectively
  • the main features of legal citation that you need to be familiar with.

APA referencing

APA is one of the most common referencing styles at university. In this nuts-and-bolts-workshop you'll learn how to:

  • use in-text referencing (citation) in APA style
  • construct an accurate reference list in APA style.

Avoiding common plagiarism errors

Plagiarism in your assignments can result in lower marks and academic penalties. Come to this workshop to find out:

  • what plagiarism is
  • the most common types
  • how to correctly acknowledge sources to avoid plagiarism.

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 is meant by 'voice' in academic writing
  • demonstrate the difference between quoting, summarising and paraphrasing
  • give practice on paraphrasing strategies.

Referencing essentials

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:

  • basic search strategies
  • advice for evaluating academic sources
  • ways to manage research for coursework assignments.

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:

  • analyse assignment questions
  • understand different kinds of assignment questions
  • produce appropriate responses to get better marks.

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:

  • common problems with student paragraph writing
  • how to effectively highlight your main ideas
  • how to relate your supporting sentences to your main ideas.

Developing your essay argument

Do you get marker’s feedback saying that your essays do not have an argument? This workshop will cover:

  • what is an argument?
  • how do I formulate an argument?
  • what makes an argument strong?

Essay structure

A well-structured essay provides the framework for writing a good essay. This workshop will cover:

  • steps in essay writing
  • basic essay structure
  • how to present your ideas in an organised, logical way.

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:

  • the different types of academic writing
  • academic style
  • the structure of academic texts
  • what it means to write critically.

Making your writing more academic

Myth #1: Academic writing means you have to write long, complicated sentences. Wrong! In this workshop, you'll:

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

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:

  • the purposes of the essay's introduction and conclusions
  • creating organised and effective essay introductions and conclusions

Writing critically

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:

  • show examples of descriptive vs critical writing
  • provide important strategies for writing critically

13 common mistakes in academic writing

Do you want to improve your grammar? This workshop will focus on 13 most common mistakes students make in their academic writing and will provide strategies on how to avoid them. Rules and explanations will be given and students will get a chance to practice correcting grammar mistakes either individually or as a group.
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