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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 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

The drop-in session timetable for Semester 2 teaching weeks is shown below (please note, there is no late session on Thursdays in Week 8 (class free week), drop-ins will finish at 3.30pm on Thursday 28th September):

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
10:30 pm to 3:30 pmDrop-in Study Help
Library Commons (Level B)

Drop-in Study Help
Library Commons (Level B)

Drop-in Study Help
Library Commons (Level B)
Drop-in Study Help
Library Commons (Level B)
Drop-in Study Help
Library Commons (Level B)
3.30 pm to 6pm   

Drop-in Study Help Library Commons (Level B)

Study Skills is piloting an expanded system of individual consultation referrals in 2017.

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 timetable for Semester 2 is available now and can be downloaded by clicking here.

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.  

The PALS timetable for semester 2 is available now available from the Study Help Programs section of the Study Help Moodle site (Moodle login required) . Sessions start at the beginning of week 2. All PALS run in the Building 6 Student Resource Centre.

The PALS exam prep timetable is now available. You can access the exam prep timetable here.

In Semester 2 2017, PALS is supporting the following units:

  • Accounting for Managers
  • Alterations in Health 1
  • Biochemistry of Exercise
  • Business Statistics
  • Chemistry 1B
  • Data Analysis in Science
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Introductory Physics
  • Pharmacology for Nurses
  • Regional Anatomy and Physiology
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, Moodle, 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 at the following times:

  • Mondays to Fridays from 8.30am - 6.30pm
  • Weekends and most public holidays from 1.00 - 5.00pm

Please note, in O-Week, the Library Desk will be staffed until 6.45pm Monday - Thursday and 6.00pm Friday.

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 Moodle and Mahara and more. ASK Advisors will be available for assignment help during semester at the following times:

  • Mondays to Thursdays from 10.30am - 6.30pm
  • Fridays from 10.30am - 5.30pm
  • Weekends and most public holidays from 1.00 - 5.00pm.

Please note,  in O-Week the Study Help service will finish at 5.30pm on week days.

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 students with assignment writing, referencing, finding information resources, mathematics and statistics, time management, exam preparation, wellbeing and more.  The Academic Integrity Module, which all UC students are expected to complete, is easily accessed via the Study Help site.

The Study Help Moodle site also provides access the online writing and tutorial service Smarthinking. All students have access Smarthinking services in 2017.  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 2, Study Skills will also be trialling an Australian-based online writing and tutorial service, YourTutor. YourTutor will be accessible for all UC students through their unit Moodle sites for the semester. There are two types of support:

  1. Connect Live: students log in and are connected instantly to an anonymous tutor in a one-to-one chat session who will work out the study problem with the student step by step.  YourTutor can assist with English, Maths, Science, Business Studies, Economics and general study skills. This service is available 3pm - Midnight, Sunday to Friday.
  2. 24/7 Writing Feedback: students can log in and submit a draft piece of writing any time, and one of the academic tutors will read through the work, adding comments, suggestions and personalised feedback. Feedback is returned within 24 hours. This service is available is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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.

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. The online AIM is housed on a Moodle site that all students are automatically enrolled into. Students and staff can access AIM via this link or via the Study Help Moodle site (Moodle login required).  Students will receive a digital badge upon AIM completion, which unit convenors can view in their unit Moodle sites.

A short video for students explaining how to complete AIM and how to check they have received the AIM digital badge can be found at this link.

A short video for staff explaining how to check for AIM badges can be found at this link. The AIM Moodle site also contains these how-to videos.

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).


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. Details will be published as they become finalised. 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 Moodle site has an English Help 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.  For more information 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 and Study Skills, including the Library EndNote Guide and the EndNote modules on the Study Help Moodle site.

    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? The online Smart Study Transition and Orientation Programme is for you.

    There are two Smart Study pathways, each made up of five interactive online modules found on the Study Help Moodle site.  The Smart Study Writing pathway will help you with researching, writing and referencing, and the Smart Study Maths pathway will help you with calculations and exam preparation.  You can choose which one best suits your studies, or you can complete both!

      

    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.
    • Get Online @ UC – 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).
    • 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 access this program in the Orientation section of the Study Help Moodle site.

    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 Moodle site. 

    More information can be found in the Study Skills in-unit support options flyer.  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

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

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