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Study Skills

About Us:

Study Skills is part of the Student Success Directorate and provides a range of face-to-face and online study help programs for UC and UCC students. Our program details are provided below.

Study Skills Learning Advisors run drop-in sessions Monday to Friday during semester in the short loans area on Level B of the Library Commons (Building 8), Bruce campus. In these sessions, students can get help with:

  • Understanding assessment task requirements
  • Assignment writing and structure
  • Feedback on assignment drafts
  • Finding journal articles and other information resources
  • Referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • Time management, study planning and exam preparation

Study Skills drop-ins have finished for 2017, a new timetable will be available by Semester 1, 2018.

Study Skills accepts referrals for individual consultations from UC staff for at-risk students who may need additional support to achieve their academic goals.

An online referral form is available on the MyUC staff portal to enable staff to refer students for an individual consultation with a Study Skills Learning Advisor.  Study Skills has individual consultations available Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, either face-to-face or via Skype. Consultations outside of these hours will need to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.Staff can access the online referral form through this link (staff login required).

The MASH (Maths and Stats Help) centre provides drop-in learning support for mathematics and statistics for students across the University.  These drop-in sessions run Monday to Friday each week during semester, and a more limited service is available during winter term.

In the Maths and Stats help sessions, students can get help with a range of mathematics and statistics inquiries, including introductory mathematics, solving chemistry and nursing equations, introductory and business statistics, and data analysis.

The MASH Centre is located on the ground floor (level B) of building 6, in 6B32, within the Student Resource Centre (SRC). There is also a general study area with computers.

The MASH program is finished for 2017. Students who need maths and statistics support during this time can access Smarthinking online tutoring through the Study Help site (UCLearn login required) or contact Study Skills by email or phone (02) 6201 2205.

PALS (Peer-Assisted Learning Sessions) are weekly group study sessions designed to support large-cohort first-year units, and are led by Peer Learning Advisors who are students that have successfully completed the units themselves. The Peer Learning Advisors share their effective learning strategies and also provide structured group activities specific to the unit.  

In Semester 1 2018, PALS will be supporting the following units:

  • Business Statistics
  • Chemistry 1A
  • Concepts in Biology
  • Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Math Methods
  • Regional Anatomy and Physiology

The PALS timetable will be available here from O-week. All PALS run in the Building 6 Student Resource Centre.

Student Resource Centre (SRC) Location

Building 6
Level B, East Wing
University of Canberra
Bruce Campus

Opening hours: 8:30 am – 10:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

About the SRC

The Student Resource Centre (SRC) provides students with a place where they can study in a comfortable and welcoming environment.  The centre is the location of the peer-assisted learning sessions (PALS), and also provides areas for group and individual study, including the main lounge, group study rooms, a quiet study room, and a general use computer lab. The SRC also has kitchen facilities (hot and cold water, sandwich presses, microwaves and a fridge).  There are a number of learning resources available for student use, including a small textbook library and anatomical models.

Email the SRC

The  ASK (Academic Skills and Knowledge) Advisors are UC students who have been trained to help you with a range of areas including Library searching, borrowing and renewals, printing, scanning and Wi-Fi assistance as well as assignment structure and referencing. The ASK Advisors can also assist with campus directions, navigation of the UC website, UCLearn (Canvas), Mahara and MyUC.

The ASK Advisors can be found in purple shirts in Level B of the Library (Bruce Campus).

General library and study assistance can be given at the Library desk every day during the semester.

Assignment help is provided at the red Study Help desk in one-on-one consultations of up to 20 minutes. Here you can get assistance with understanding assessment tasks, assignment structure, finding information, referencing, using UCLearn (Canvas) and Mahara and more. ASK Advisors will be available for assignment help during semester.

The ASK Advisor service has finished for 2017 and will re-commence in O-Week, February 2018.

The Study Help site (UCLearn login required) is available for all UC and UCC students to access 24/7. The site contains a large range of interactive modules and resources to help students with assignment writing, referencing, researching, time management, exam preparation, wellbeing and more.  

The Study Help site also provides access the online writing and tutorial service Smarthinking on the left course menu.  You can use Smarthinking to submit assignment drafts for feedback within 24 hours, as well as to access online tutors for a wide range of subjects.

In Semester 1, 2018, UC students will be able to access the Australian online tutoring service Studiosity (trialled in Semester 2, 2017 and previously known as YourTutor) for Writing Feedback and Connect Live online tutoring. More information will be available on how to access Studiosity by O-Week, February 2018.

Academic Integrity

The University of Canberra is an academic community engaged in teaching, learning and research activities. Students in this community are expected to uphold certain standards and values in order to act with integrity.  The Student Conduct Rules and the Student Charter contain important information regarding student responsibilities.

All UC students are required to complete the online Academic Integrity Module (AIM) during their course of study. Students and staff can access AIM via the Study Help site (UCLearn login required).  Students will receive a digital badge upon AIM completion.


Urkund is an online text-matching tool made available to University of Canberra students and staff. It analyses the text of submitted work and matches it against sources from the Internet, published works, and previously submitted student texts. It is a tool that allows for early detection of plagiarism, but also encourages students to be more effective in their paraphrasing and acknowledgment of source material.

Important points to consider:

  • Urkund does not detect plagiarism, it matches text.
  • Urkund is available via the assignment drop-box on unit Moodle sites. 
  • Unit convenors can choose whether to allow student to submit drafts to Urkund for self-checking or whether to only allow the final assignment submission to be checked through Urkund.
  • If draft submission is enabled, students will need to allow up to 24 hours for the Urkund analysis report to be produced. The analysis report on draft submission will only be sent to the student. 
  • The Urkund report on the final submitted assignment will be sent to both student and unit convenor.

Intensive English Course

The Study Skills Intensive English course runs four times each year, just prior to the start of Semester 1 and  2 and in week 8 of both semesters.  This course is free for UC students, and is designed to help you improve your English writing, reading, speaking and listening skills.

The next Intensive English course will be run prior to the start of Semester 1, 2018 from Monday 29th January to Thursday 1st February. For more information and to register your interest in this course, email Study Skills.

English Help resources available on the Study Help Moodle site

The Study Help site  (UCLearn login required) has a Developing your Language Skills section, with interactive online resources to help you improve your English writing, reading, speaking and listening skills.

Study Skills offers a free one-day Study Skills for Success preparation program aimed at commencing students.  

Want to know about:

  • study planning?
  • navigating online resources?
  • writing at university level?
  • researching and referencing?

Whether you’re studying business, law, health, science, design, arts or any other UC degree program, this is the program for you. UC’s friendly Learning Advisors will give you a head start to help you succeed in your studies.

The next program will run in Semester 1, 2018 on Saturday 24th February.  For more information and to register please email Study Skills.

EndNote Workshops

EndNote is a referencing tool, allowing users to organise bibliographic references and use them in MS Word documents. Study Skills provides EndNote Basics Workshops in Semester 1 and 2 each year.

These workshops show you how to create your own EndNote library, add references, save references from databases, manage your references, select a style and use Cite While You Write.

All EndNote workshops have been delivered for Semester 2, 2017, a new schedule will be promoted in Semester 1, 2018.

    EndNote Support

    Would you like to know more about how to use EndNote? There are useful resources produced by the Library including the Library EndNote Guide.

    Library and Study Skills staff may also be able to help with your EndNote enquiry, ask a staff member during Library and Study Skills drop-in opening hours.

    Are you a postgraduate research student needing EndNote support?  If so, please contact a Liaison Librarian.

    Study Skills orientation

    New to university?  Do you want a head start to help you develop the key skills to succeed?

    Study Skills for Success is a free, one-day preparation program run at the beginning of each semester at Bruce Campus. See the separate tab above for more information.

    Study Skills also provide a range of sessions during Orientation week each semester. These include:

    • Study Skills Essentials – Find out all you need to know about studying at University, including information about the different UC services, how to find your unit information, how to plan your studies, where to get study help and more.
    • Navigate UC Online – Find out how to navigate the UC online environment and learn more about the study support services for new students. Computers are provided, and you can also bring your own device (BYOD).
    • Return to Study (Study Skills Orientation and Networking Session) – A 90 minute after hours session discussing essential Study Skills with insights from current mature-age UC students. This is a great opportunity to network with your peers. Light refreshments provided. Designed for mature-age students and those working full-time (all welcome).

    Study Skills also provides online orientation information to assist you when commencing studies at UC through the New to UC section of the Study Help site (UCLearn login required).

    Support for units through in-lecture presentations and online resources

    Study Skills staff can provide in-unit presentations and tailored resources for specific units and assignments for UC and UCC.

    Some examples of the support provided to date include:

    • 5 to 10 minute in-lecture presentations that provide an overview of the Study Skills programs and academic integrity
    • 20 to 50 minute in-unit presentations tailored to a specific assessment task - these can cover the task requirements, how to find relevant information, how to reference appropriately, and/or how to use Mahara, and also include the Study Skills support available.
    • The creation of interactive online resources tailored to a specific topic or assessment task - these can be embedded on the unit site.

    More information can be provided by the Study Skills team.  Please contact Study Skills (email or phone 6201 2205) at least two weeks in advance of the session. 

    Library support for units:

    The Library also collaborates with academics to embed scholarly literacy into the curriculum and develops and delivers curriculum-based scholarly literacy modules for classes (both face to face and online). See the Library Liaison page for more information:

    Contact Study Skills by email or by phone (02) 6201 2205.

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