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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. Our program details are provided below.

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

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

Session Time10:30 am - 3:30pm
10:30 am - 3:30pm
10:30 am - 3:30pm
10:30 am - 5:30pm
10:30 am - 3:30pm

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 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 and the timetable will 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). Studens have access to 12 free Studiosity sessions in Winter Term, 2018.

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.  PALS begin in Week 2 of semester.

In Semester 2 2018, PALS will be supporting:

  • Biochemistry of Exercise
  • Business Statistics
  • Chemistry 1B
  • Data Analysis in Science
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Introductory Physics
  • Pharmacology for Nurses
  • Plants and Animals
  • Software Technology 1
  • Systemic Anatomy and Physiology

The PALS timetable is available here. All PALS run in the Building 6 Student Resource Centre.

PALS Exam Prep Sessions

This semester PALS will be running exam prep sessions for the following units:

  • Biochemistry of Exercise:
  • Business Statistics
  • Chemistry 1B
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Introductory Physics
  • Pharmacology for Nurse
  • Systemic Anatomy and Physiology

The sessions are voluntary and will be run as drop-in sessions. The timetable for the PALS exam prep sessions can be found by clicking the link here.

The PALS exam prep books for theses sessions will start being available on the free Study Help canvas site: from Tuesday the 30th of October (week 13). Your student log-in will be required to sign into the site.

Answers will be given during the sessions and will not be published.

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

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 and Winter Term. Library desk opening hours can be found here.

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 are available for assignment help during semester and Winter Term.

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

Monday   Tuesday   WednesdayThursday  Friday        Weekends and most public holidays
Session Time10:30 am - 6:30pm
10:30 am - 6:30pm
10:30 am - 6:30pm
10:30 am - 6:30pm
10:30 am - 6:30pm

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


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.

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 during the week before Semester 1, 2019 Orientation, from Tuesday 29th January to Friday 1st February. 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.

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 2, 2018 on the Saturday at the end of Week 2.  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 22nd August 10:30am-12:00pm (Week 3).
  • Wednesday 12th September 1:30pm-3:00pm (Week 6) .
  • Wednesday 3rd 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.

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 17th of August 12:30pm-01:30pm (Week 2).
  • Friday 31st of August  12:30pm-01:30pm (Week 4).
  • Monday 24th of 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:

  • 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).
  • 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:

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

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