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Study Skills

About Us:

Study Skills is part of Student Life and provides a range of face-to-face and online study help programs for UC and UCC students.

Study Skills aims to ensure that all UC and UCC students can cultivate the skills and confidence that will lead to study success in an inclusive, friendly, student-driven environment. We build students’ skills and facilitate independent learning across a range of programs and connect students to a variety of UC support services where appropriate.

Our program details are provided below.

Study Skills Learning Advisors run drop-in sessions Monday to Friday during each semester in The Study, 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

For more information about this service, please click here or email Study Skills.

The timetable for the Study Skills drop-in sessions in Semester 2, 2019 is below:

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Session Time 10:30 am - 3:30pm
10:30 am - 3:30pm
10:30 am - 3:30pm
10:30 am - 6:00pm
10:30 am - 3:30pm

Study Skills also run a drop-in service at the Ngunnawal Centre on Tuesdays during semester and Winter Term from 11am-1pm.

Study Skills accepts referrals for individual consultations from UC staff for 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 may be arranged outside of these hours 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 reduced program is also 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 Centre starts in Week 2 of Semester 2, 2019 and the timetable is available here.

Students who need online maths and statistics support can access Studiosity online tutoring through the course menu of their UCLearn (Canvas) unit sites (UCLearn login required).

For more information 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. PALS 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.

Currently in Semester 2 2019, PALS is supporting:

  • Biochemistry of Exercise
  • Business Decision Making
  • Chemistry 1B
  • Data Analysis in Science
  • Discrete Maths
  • Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Introductory Physics
  • Quantitative Methods in Commerce
  • Plants and Animals
  • Software Technology 1
  • Systemic Anatomy and Physiology

The PALS timetable for Semester 2, 2019 is available here. All PALS run in the Building 6 Student Resource Centre.

If you have any questions about PALS, please email the PALS Co-ordinator at:

shane.rigby@canberra.edu.au

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 understanding assessment tasks, assignment structure, finding information, and referencing. The ASK Advisors can also assist with campus directions, navigation of the UC website, UCLearn (Canvas), Mahara ePortfolio and MyUC.

The ASK Advisors can be found in purple shirts in Level B of the Library (Bruce Campus). General library and study assistance is available every day during the semester when the library is open with consultations of up to 20 minutes. Library desk opening hours can be found here

For more information about this service, please click here or email Study Skills.

The ASK Advisor Study Help timetable for Semester 2 is below:

 Monday   Tuesday   WednesdayThursday  Friday        Weekends and most public holidays
Session Time9:00am - 6:30pm
9:00 am - 6:30pm
9:00 am - 6:30pm
9:00 am - 6:30pm
9:00 am - 6:30pm
1:00pm - 5:00pm

The Study Help site

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 e-resources to help students with assignment writing, referencing, researching, time management, exam preparation, wellbeing and more. 

Studiosity Online study support

The Study Help site also provides access to the online writing and study support service Studiosity on the left course menu.Studiosity can also be accessed through most unit UCLearn (Canvas) sites in the left course menu.

Studiosity (previously known as YourTutor) offers two study support services:
  1. Writing Feedback: Students can submit assessment drafts for Writing Feedback on structure, writing style, grammar, referencing and more. Studiosity supports Harvard, APA and Chicago referencing styles. Studiosity specialists provide feedback on writing usually within 24 hours. Writing Feedback is available 24/7 everyday.
  2. Connect Live: This service connects students with live study help for general study skills, including writing help and English, as well as foundation level assistance with subjects including mathematics, science, business, statistics, economics and accounting. Connect Live is available from 3pm until late, Sundays to Thursdays/Fridays (depending on the subject) with generally quick connection times and easy sharing of questions through and interactive whiteboard and text chat.

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 expected to complete the online Academic Integrity Module (AIM) during their course of study. Students and staff can access AIM at www.canberra.edu.au/aim or via the Study Help site (UCLearn login required).  Students will receive a digital badge upon AIM completion.

Urkund

Urkund is an online text-matching tool used by the University of Canberra. 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 assists in the early detection of plagiarism.

Important points to consider:

  • Urkund does not detect plagiarism, it matches text.
  • Urkund may or may not be enabled in a unit.
  • If Urkund is enabled in your unit, the unit convener will receive an Urkund report after you submit an assignment.
  • The unit convener also decides whether students will receive a copy of the Urkund report.

English Language Support

English Language Help Drop-In

This is a free English language drop-in service, designed to help students improve their English language proficiency. Students are supported by Learning Advisors to improve their:

  • English language
  • academic writing
  • paraphrasing
  • vocabulary
  • grammar
  • spelling
  • punctuation

Dates: Weeks 1-7 and 9-13 of Semester 2

Times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1.30pm- 3.30pm

Location: Building 8 (Library), Level A, Training Room 1

This is a free service, no appointment necessary. For more information about this service, please click here or email Study Skills.

English for Uni Course

The Study Skills English for Uni course (previously known as 'Intensive English') 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 students develop their academic reading, writing, and oral presentation skills.

The next English for Uni courses will run from:

  • Monday 22nd July  to Friday 26th July (the week before Semester 2 Orientation)
  • Monday 23rd September to Friday 27th September (Week 8 Semester 2, class-free week)

For more information and to register your interest in this course, email Study Skills.

English Help resources available on the Study Help 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.

Want to know more about:

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

In the free Study Skills for Success program, Study Skills Learning Advisors will provide strategies and information to help you succeed at UC.

The next face-to-face program will be held on the Saturday of Week 2 of Semester 2, 2019. Students can register their interest by emailing studyskills@canberra.edu.au.

Now available: Online Study Skills for Success (SS4S), complete the full program online in your own time.

This online program allows students to explore the same topics as the face-to-face version in an interactive self-paced format. Access the online program now through the UCLearn (Canvas) Study Skills for Success (SS4S) site. 

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.

The next EndNote Workshops will be held in Semester 2 on:

  • Wednesday 14th August 10:30am-12:00pm (Week 2).
  • Wednesday 11th September 1:30pm-3:00pm (Week 6) .
  • Wednesday 2nd October 10:30am-12:00pm (Week 9).

All sessions will be held in Training Room 4 on level A of the Library in Building 8.

Additional 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.

Mahara Workshops

Mahara is an ePortfolio system that allows students to build an online resume and create a multimedia portfolio with evidence of professional competencies. Some units at UC utilise the Mahara platform for the storing and submission of assignments and to demonstrate evidence of professional competencies developed in the unit. Mahara has been upgraded in 2018 to include more user-friendly features. For Mahara Basics training or to learn about the new features of the upgraded Mahara come to a Study Skills Mahara workshop.

The next Mahara Workshops will be held in Semester 2 on:

  • Friday 23rd August 12:30pm-1:30pm (Week 3).
  • Friday 30th August 12:30pm-1:30pm (Week 4).
  • Monday 23rd September 11:30am-12:30pm (Week 8).

All sessions will be held in Training Room 4 on Level A of the Library in Building 8.

Mahara Support

The ASK Advisors provide basic Mahara support on Level B of the Library. There are also Mahara support resources in the Assessment section of the Study Help site.

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:

  • Navigating Study @ UC – Find out how to navigate the UC environment, 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.
  • Mature Age Study Skills Q&A – 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.

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

The University of Canberra offers a range of workshops and programs to support HDR (Higher Degree by Research) students including writing groups, coding sessions, statistical support, research integrity workshops, ethics drop-ins, literature review workshops and much more. The full calendar of Researcher Development Workshops is available here.

Students enrolled in research units or who are completing an Honours or PhD thesis, dissertation or project can enrol and work through the free, self-paced course Research and Writing Skills for Dissertations and Projects. This course includes modules on:

  • Preparing your research and managing your supervisor
  • Project-management techniques
  • Managing your time
  • The literature review
  • The importance of ethics
  • Research methodology and methods
  • Data collection methods
  • Data analysis
  • Structuring the argument and chapters
  • Writing up and disseminating your research

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

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