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.
2020 Session 1 Workshop Calendar
No registration is needed for these free workshops. All currently enrolled Macquarie University students are welcome to attend.
|Mon 24 February||Getting started with academic writing||11 am - 12 pm||Library M4.01|
|Mon 24 February||Taking charge of your study||1 pm - 2 pm||Library M4.02|
|Tues 25 February||Taking better notes||11 am - 12 pm||Library M4.02|
|Tues 25 February||Avoiding common plagiarism errors||2 pm - 3 pm||Library M4.02|
|Wed 26 February||Paraphrasing effectively to express your ideas||12 pm - 1 pm||Library M4.02|
|Wed 26 February||Reading critically, reading effectively||1 pm - 2 pm||Library M4.02|
|Thur 27 February||Essay structure||11 am - 12 pm||Library M4.02|
|Thur 27 February||Writing better introductions and conclusions||12 pm - 1 pm||Library M4.02|
|Fri 28 February||Writing critically||1 pm - 2 pm||Library M4.02|
|Mon 2 March||APA referencing||11 am - 12 pm||Library M4.03|
|Tues 3 March||Getting started with academic writing||2 pm - 3 pm||Library M4.01|
|Wed 4 March||Essay structure||12 pm - 1 pm||Library M4.02|
|Wed 4 March||Constructing effective paragraphs||1 pm - 2 pm||Library M4.02|
|Thur 5 March||Developing your essay argument||12 pm - 1 pm||Library M4.02|
|Fri 6 March||Referencing essentials||11 am - 12 pm||Library M4.02|
|Mon 9 March||Analysing assignment questions to improve your marks||11 am - 12 pm||Library M4.02|
|Mon 9 March||Postgraduate Masterclass: Managing your studies||12 pm - 2 pm||Library M4.03|
|Tue 10 March||Taking better notes||2 pm - 3 pm||Library M4.02|
|Wed 11 March||AGLC4: Referencing in Law||11 am - 12 pm||Library M4.01|
|Wed 11 March||Selecting and evaluating academic sources||1 pm - 2 pm||Library M4.01|
|Wed 11 March||Postgraduate Masterclass: Managing your studies (online workshop). Please register here.||6 pm - 8 pm||Online via Zoom|
|Thur 12 March||Writing critically||11 am - 12 pm||Library M4.02|
|Thur 19 March||AGLC4: Referencing in Law||1 pm - 2 pm||Library M4.01|
Mid-session break weeks
|Tue 14 April||Avoiding common plagiarism errors online workshop. Please check in week 7 for registration details.||12 pm - 1 pm||Online via Zoom|
|Wed 15 April||Writing critically online workshop. Please check in week 7 for registration details.||12 pm - 1 pm|
Online via Zoom
|Fri 17 April||Making your writing more academic online workshop. Please check in week 7 for registration details.||12 pm - 1 pm|
Online via Zoom
|Tue 21 April||Paraphrasing effectively to express your ideas online workshop. Please check in week 7 for registration details.||12 pm - 1 pm||Online via Zoom|
|Wed 22 April||Referencing essentials online workshop. Please check in week 7 for registration details.||12 pm - 1 pm||Online via Zoom|
|Mon 25 May||Preparing for exams online workshop. Please check in week 11 for registration details.||12 pm - 1 pm||Online via Zoom|
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:
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:
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:
Taking better notes
Why take notes when lectures, PowerPoints and readings are available online? In this workshop, you'll:
|Improve your pronunciation #1||Did 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 #2||Would 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 tutorials||Are 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 English||Many 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:
APA is one of the most common referencing styles at university. In this nuts-and-bolts-workshop you'll learn how to:
Avoiding common plagiarism errors
Plagiarism in your assignments can result in lower marks and academic penalties. Come to this workshop to find out:
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:
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:
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:
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.|