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Study Skills

About Us:

Study Skills is part of the Student Engagement directorate and provides a range of face-to-face and online study help programs for UC and UCC students. These programs include drop-in study help sessions, peer learning programs, interactive online study programs, and in-unit support.

During winter term, the Study Skills drop-in sessions are held Monday to Friday from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the short loans area on Level B of the Library (Building 8), Bruce campus.

In these drop-in sessions, Study Skills Learning Advisors are there to help with:

  • Understanding your assessment task requirements
  • Assignment writing and structure
  • Finding journal articles and other information resources
  • Referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • Time management and exam preparation

These sessions allow you to work on your assessment tasks and get help when you need it.

The Study Help Moodle site (Moodle login required) is available for all UC and UCC students to access 24/7.

The site contains a large range of interactive modules to help you with assignment writing, referencing, finding information resources, mathematics and statistics, time management, exam preparation, wellbeing and more. 

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

The Academic Integrity Module, which all UC students are expected to complete, is also easily accessed via the Study Help site.

Study Skills also provides an open-access Student Learning Resources site. This site contains a number of downloadable resources on topics including time management, writing, assignment structure and much more. See the Student Learning Resources site for more information.

See the Rovers at the Rovers desk in the Library Level B for 20 minute one-to-one sessions where you can get help with structuring assessment tasks, referencing, using Moodle and Mahara, printing and connecting to WiFi. The Rovers are available 10 am to 7 pm Monday to Thursday, 10 am to 5 pm Friday and 1 pm to 5 pm weekends and public holidays from February to November.

The Rovers are also available on the phone during winter term between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm Monday to Thursday. See the Study Help moodle site (Moodle login required) for more information on how to access the phone Rovers during their session times.

PALS (peer-assisted learning sessions) are weekly group study sessions designed to support large-cohort first-year units, and are led by students who have successfully completed the units themselves. 

PALS leaders share their effective learning strategies and also provide structured group activities specific for the unit.  All PALS run in the Building 6 Student Resource Centre. The PALS timetable for winter term is available on the Study Help Moodle site (Moodle login required).

In winter term 2016, PALS are running for Maths Methods and Introduction to Statistics.

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

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:

  •  In-lecture presentations that provide an overview of the Study Skills programs
  • Orientation videos tailored to specific student cohorts
  • In-lecture presentations to help students understand academic integrity and Urkund
  • 20 minute to one-hour presentations tailored to a specific assessment task - these can cover the task requirements, how to find relevant information, how to reference appropriately, AIM and Urkund, and the Study Skills support available.
  • In-unit presentations for Mahara e-portfolios
  • The creation of interactive online resources tailored to a specific topic or assessment task - these can be embedded on the unit Moodle site. 

Please send requests to Study Skills (email or phone 6201 2205) at least two weeks in advance of the session, as well as assessment details and/or the unit outline, estimated student numbers, and the location of the lecture/workshop. If you have requested an online resource this will be provided as either a video file or a SCORM package, and the Study Skills team can assist you with uploading these resources to your unit's Moodle site if required.

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: http://www.canberra.edu.au/library/research-gateway/faculty-liaison-librarians


Intensive English Program

The Study Skills Intensive English program is free for UC students, and is designed to help you improve your English writing, reading, speaking and listening skills. In 2016, the Intensive English course will run from Monday 25th July to Thursday 28th July from 11 am to 4 pm each day in 5C58 (Building 5, Level C, room 5C58).    Another Intensive English course will run in week 8 of semester 2 (details tbc). Register your interest for either of these courses by emailing Study Skills.

English Help resources available on the Study Help Moodle site

The Study Help Moodle site has an English Help section, with interactive online resources to help you improve your English writing, reading, speaking and listening skills.

Academic Integrity

The University of Canberra is an academic community engaged in teaching, learning and research activities. As a student in this community, you 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 your responsibilities, including your responsibilities in regards to academic integrity.

As you produce academic work, your work will represent a true reflection of your own learning. This means the creation of work that is original. In forming your original work, you may incorporate ideas or words from other authors in order to substantiate your claims. This is expected, but the author of the work will need to be clearly acknowledged in the form of a reference. When you use the words or ideas of others, not only do you need to acknowledge the source of the information, you also need to reflect your understanding of that information by putting it in to your own words.

To help you to understand academic integrity, all students are required to complete the online Academic Integrity Module (AIM) during their course. The online AIM is housed on a moodle site that all students are automatically enrolled into. Students can access AIM via the following link or via the Study Help Moodle site (Moodle login required).  You will receive a digital badge when you have completed AIM, which your unit convenor can also view in their own Moodle site. The AIM Moodle site contains how-to videos for both students and staff.

Urkund

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.

Students seeking assistance on draft submission and the self-check functionality of Urkund can find useful information in the Urkund section of the Study Help Moodle site (Moodle login required).

EndNote Workshops

EndNote is a referencing tool, allowing users to organize bibliographic references and use them in Word documents. Study Skills provides EndNote Basics Workshops in Semester 1 and 2 2016.

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.

EndNote Consultations

Are you having a problem using EndNote that you can't solve using the Study Skills resources, including the Endnote modules on the Study Help Moodle site?

Individual 1 hour EndNote consultations are available to undergraduate students to help you with these problems.  These consultations are available on Wednesdays between 9:00am and 3:30pm.  Please contact Study Skills by email or phone: (02) 6201 2205 to make an appointment.

Postgraduate research students please contact your Liaison Librarian for EndNote help.

Study Skills orientation

Study Skills 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.
  • Get Online @ UC – Find out how to navigate the UC online environment and learn more about the study support services for new students. This is a BYOD event, so bring a tablet, a laptop or your smartphone and get online@UC.
  • New Student Q & A – Get answers to your questions from Study Skills staff, find out more about what it's like to study at UC from later-year students, and get to know other new students. 
  • After-hours Mature Age Study Skills Orientation and Networking Session – A 90 minute 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 an online orientation program called UC Essentials which can be done at any time. More information can be found here.

You can also access this program in the Orientation section of the Study Help Moodle site (Moodle login required).

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

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