Free workshops and resources

All currently enrolled Macquarie University students are welcome to attend.

The Learning Skills Unit and Library run free workshops to develop your academic skills, suitable for all undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students. See below for the workshop schedule. Find out more about what each workshop covers below in the Workshop descriptions section.

Higher degree research candidates can also attend the HDR Learning Skills events.


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2021 Session 2 Workshop Calendar

Week 1

All workshops this session will be conducted via Zoom.

Date Workshop TitleTime Registration Link
Mon 26 July Getting started with academic writing 2pm – 3pm Register
Tue 27 July Taking charge of your study 11am – 12pm Register
Tue 27 July Reading effectively 2pm – 3pm Register
Wed 28 July Taking better notes 11am – 12pm Register
Wed 28 July Referencing essentials* 2pm – 3pm Register
Thu 29 July Analysing assignment questions for better marks 11am – 12pm Register
Thu 29 July Learning online at MQ 2pm – 2:30pm Register
Thu 29 July Intro to Library tools and resources** 2:30pm – 3pm Register
Fri 30 July Avoiding common plagiarism errors 11am – 12pm Register

*Co-presented with Macquarie University Library ** Presented by Macquarie University Library

Week 2

All workshops this session will be conducted via Zoom.

Date Workshop TitleTime Registration Link
Mon 2 Aug  Writing critically 11am – 12pm Register
Tue 3 Aug Essay structure 11am – 12pm Register
Tue 3 Aug  Paraphrasing effectively 2pm – 3pm Register
Wed 4 Aug  APA 7 referencing* 11am – 12pm Register
Wed 4 Aug Writing effective paragraphs 2pm – 3pm Register
Thu 5 Aug  Developing your essay argument 11am – 12pm Register
Thu 5 Aug #AMA about study 2pm – 3pm Register
Fri 6 Aug  Writing with clarity 11am – 12pm Register

*Co-presented with Macquarie University Library

Week 3

All workshops this session will be conducted via Zoom.

Date Workshop TitleTime Registration Link
Thu 12 Aug #AMA about study 11am - 12pm Register

Week 4

All workshops this session will be conducted via Zoom.

Date Workshop TitleTime Registration Link
Tue 17 Aug AGLC4: Referencing in law**  2pm – 3pm Register
Thu 19 Aug Selecting and evaluating academic sources** 11am – 12pm Register
Thu 19 Aug #AMA about study 2pm - 3pm Register

** Presented by Macquarie University Library

Workshop descriptions

Check out the workshop topics and descriptions. Most workshops will suit coursework students at all levels.

#AMA (Ask me anything) about Study

Still have questions about academic writing and study? This session is all about you. Come along to our #AMA workshop and ask the Learning Advisers any questions you have on academic writing and study, assessments and referencing.

Exam strategies

Exams are coming – but don't panic! This workshop covers:

  • setting up a study plan
  • revision strategies
  • approaching different types of questions
  • taking online exams.

Learning online at MQ

This session will introduce you to basic features of iLearn (Macquarie University's Learning Management System), tools and learning technologies you'll come across during your studies. Find out how to access content, submit assignments, listen to lectures online, use tools and where to get help. You'll also come away with tips and tricks for becoming a more effective online learner.

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 basic skills for note-taking
  • consider which note-taking format suits your purpose
  • discuss strategies and tools for digital note-taking.

Taking charge of your study

Realising your potential is about studying 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.

AGLC4: Referencing in Law

Are you worried about using the AGLC4? This workshop, presented by Law Librarians, 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 7 referencing

APA is one of the most common referencing styles at university. In this nuts-and-bolts-workshop, co-presented by Learning Advisors and Research Librarians, 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 acknowledge sources correctly to avoid plagiarism.

Intro to Library tools and resources

In this session presented by Research Librarians, learn how to find and use information resources using the Leganto reading list platform, MultiSearch, and Library Subject and Research Guides.

Paraphrasing effectively

What is paraphrasing and how do you use it in your writing? Through examples and practice activities, this workshop will:

  • demonstrate the difference between quoting, summarising and paraphrasing
  • cover key strategies for paraphrasing
  • show how to distinguish between your 'voice' and sources you've paraphrased in your academic writing.

Referencing essentials

Has it been a long time since you've had to reference? Or is it your first time to do referencing? Join Learning Advisors and Research Librarians to learn key principles that will enable you to cite effectively and create an accurate reference list. Practice activities are included.

Selecting and evaluating academic sources

Many assignments require you to find and use information beyond your class readings. But how do you identify good quality resources that are best for your purpose?  Run by Research Librarians, this workshop will explain:

  • strategies for finding and choosing relevant and authoritative sources
  • how to evaluate academic (and some non-academic) sources
  • techniques for managing the useful sources that you find

Analysing assignment questions for better 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.

Developing your essay argument

Have you received marker’s feedback saying that your essay does 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

Your essay needs a solid structure to showcase your arguments. 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.

Writing 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
  • strategies to effectively highlight your main ideas
  • strategies to relate your supporting sentences to your main ideas.

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
  • give you practice at identifying critical analysis in written texts.

Writing with clarity

Do you get feedback that your sentences are confusing or unclear? This activity-based workshop will review five strategies you can use to make your writing more readable.