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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. These programs include:

  • Daily drop-in study help sessions staffed by Learning Advisors;
  • Peer learning programs for both study, technology and library skills (the ASK Advisors) and for content help and study techniques for specific first year units (PALS);
  • Mathematics and statistics help from tutors in the Maths and Stats Help (MASH) Centre;
  • Interactive online programs for a range of study topics via the Study Help Moodle site;
  • The Study Skills for Success preparation program;
  • EndNote workshops and consultations;
  • In-unit support;
  • Management of the online Academic Integrity Module (AIM);
  • Free intensive English courses; and
  • Individual consultations for assistance with study skills and with academic integrity.

Study Skills Learning Advisors run drop-in sessions Monday to Friday in the short loans area on Level B of the Library (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 semester 1 2017 drop-in study help timetable will be available on this site by the beginning of O week (Monday the 6th of February 2017).

In semester 2 2016, the drop-in study help timetable was:

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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 to 10 hours of 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. 

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.

ASK Advisors are located in the Library Level B on weekdays, weekends and most public holidays.  ASK Advisors are UC students trained to help with:

  • Assignment writing and structure
  • Understanding assessment task requirements
  • Referencing
  • Mahara, Moodle and MyUC
  • Printing, scanning & Wi-Fi assistance
  • Campus directions
  • Navigation of the UC website, including the Library homepage and the Study Help Moodle site
  • Library searching
  • Borrowing/renewals

More information regarding the details of this service in 2017 will be available on this site by the beginning of O week (Monday the 6th of February).

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 for the unit.  

The PALS timetable for semester 1 2017 will be available at the beginning of week 1 (Monday the 13th of February), and the sessions start at the beginning of week 2.  The PALS timetable will also be available on the Study Help Moodle site (Moodle login required). All PALS run in the Building 6 Student Resource Centre.

In Semester 1 2016, PALS supported the following units:

  • Accounting for Managers
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Nurses
  • Chemistry 1A
  • Concepts in Biology
  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Regional Anatomy and Physiology

In Semester 2 2016, PALS supported the following units:

  • Accounting for Managers
  • Alterations in Health 1
  • Biochemistry of Exercise
  • Chemistry 1B
  • Data Analysis in Science
  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Pharmacology for Nurses
  • Systemic 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 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 semester 1 2017 MASH timetable will be available on this site at the beginning of week 1 (Monday the 13th February).

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 January 2017 Intensive English course will run from Monday the 30th January to Thursday the 2nd of February 2017 from 11 am to 4 pm in 5B55 A&B. Register your interest in this course by emailing Study Skills.

The week 8 Intensive English course will run from Monday the 3rd of April to Thursday the 6th of April. Times and location TBC. Register your interest in this course 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.

Study Skills offers the free one-day Study Skills for Success preparation program aimed at commencing students.  An online self-paced version of this program is also available - see the Study Help Moodle site for more details.

Not sure what to expect at Uni? Not sure what key things you need to know about essay and report writing at a University level? Not sure what the expectations are in relation to citing and referencing? Want to know how to undertake research for assignments?  

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 program will run on Saturday the 25th of February 2017 (the Saturday of week 2) from 10 am to 5 pm in 2B09.  To register, please email Study Skills.

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.

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 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.

More information regarding the Endnote workshops for 2017 will be available on this site by the beginning of week 1 of semester 1 (Monday the 13th of February).

    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.

    Are you a postgraduate research student?  If so, please contact your Liaison Librarian for EndNote help.

    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 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).

    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:

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

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