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Academic Skills

Academic Skills

The Academic Skills team provides resources and academic skills development for students.

In semester 2 2014, a range of programs are available, including:

Workshops and group study sessions:

The Grammar and Writing series is running every Friday, weeks 1 to 6, 9:30 - 11:00 am

The Speak for Success workshops are running every Tuesday, weeks 2 to 12, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. 

Some of these workshops require registration, you can register through the links above or through the Workshops button at the bottom of this page.   You can still register even if you have missed some of the earlier sessions - whilst we would encourage you to attend as many as possible, you are welcome to register even if you have missed the first few weeks.

Unit-specific, drop-in (no need to register) group study sessions are offered for a range of core first-year units through the PALS (Peer-Assisted Learning Scheme) program.  In semester 2 2014, all PALS sessions are running in the Building 6 Student Resource Centre

 Individual Assistance:

There are a number of options for students seeking individual assistance, these include:

Academic Skills Rovers (red rovers) in the Library Commons (Building 8, Level B) are available from 10:00 am - 9:00 pm Monday - Friday, and 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.    These later-year students can provide up to 20 minutes of individual or small group assistance, in areas including assignment help, referencing help, digital literacy help (e.g. help with Moodle and Mahara) and more.

NEW IN SEMESTER 2 - Resi-rovers - academic skills rovers are available in the UC residences (next to Globo cafe) Tuesday and Thursday nights, from 7 pm - 9 pm.

NEW IN SEMESTER 2 - Essential Maths and Calculator Help - drop-in sessions run by later-year students in 1C75 (above the refectory), Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 - 2:30 pm

IT drop-in help - IT help from Introduction to IT PALS leaders at the Academic Skills Rover desk in the Library Commons 12 - 2 pm Wednesdays

One-on-one consultations from Academic Skills Advisors are available for undergraduate and HDR students at selected times each week of semester.  These are booked via the online booking system, the next available bookings can be found via the Individual Consultation and Research Student Consultation buttons below.

One-on-one consultations for International Students: If you are an international student, you can get individual assistance with your grammar, vocabulary, readings and assignments for class and oral presentations through the Language and Learning Support program.  There are 20 minute one-on-one drop-in sessions available in the Library Commons (Building 8, Level B, Academic Skills Room B).  These run from 12:30-2:30 pm and 4:30-6:30 pm Monday to Thursday each week, as well as 12:30-2:30 pm on Fridays.  To join in, just turn up, you don't need to book. 

More information about the range of support available through this program can be found at the Language and Learning Support link.

Individual Assistance online:

The online 24/7 tutoring service Smarthinking is available through your LearnOnline (Moodle) account, and provides assistance with referencing, essay structure, and a range of discipline-specific tutorial help as well.

The Academic Skills services are based in Building 8, the UC Library building.

Contact us via e-mail:

For Students

Online resources

There are Student Learning Resources available on Moodle. The resources are designed to support your studies at UC. You'll find information to help you with preparing a range of assignments, participating in lectures and tutorials, improving your time management and much, much more.

Workshops and study groups

We offer face-to-face help with researching, reading and writing for students at all levels at our workshops. Topics include:

  • study skills
  • grammar and writing
  • exam preparation
  • pronunciation (for non-native English speakers)

Individual assistance

Academic Skills has a range of resources to assist students at UC to develop their study skills:

Individual assistance is available by appointment at selected times each week during semester.

Support for Higher Degree Research students

In semester 2 2014, Academic Skills provides support to research students through 1-hour individual consultations.

Peer Assisted Learning

Peer Assisted Learning Sessions (PALS) are available for students in many core first-year units.  The semester 2 2014 PALS timetable is available through the link below:

PALS semester 2 2014 timetable

Peer Assisted Learning Sessions provide academic assistance through weekly workshops for all students enrolled in first year units in disciplines including accounting, law, science, health, marketing, and business. The peer leaders are students who have previously performed well in the specific unit, and have undergone PALS training. PALS leaders facilitate student learning through group activities and discussions designed to integrate how to learn with what to learn, as well as focusing on students' needs. For more information, contact Study Skills.