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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 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

Study Skills drop-ins start in week 1 of Semester 1, 2018. The timetable is below.

Session Time10:30 am - 3:30pm
10:30 am - 3:30pm
10:30 am - 3:30pm
10:30 am - 3:30pm
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 opens in Week 2, Semester 1 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). Studens have access to 12 free Studiosity sessions in Semester 1, 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 1 2018, PALS will be supporting the following units:

  • Alterations in Health 2
  • Biochemistry
  • Business Statistics
  • Chemistry 1A
  • Concepts in Biology
  • Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Math Methods
  • Psychology 101
  • Regional Anatomy and Physiology

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

The PALS exam prep timetable is available here. PALS exam prep question books  available  on the Study Skills canvas site.

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.

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 will be available for assignment help during semester.

The ASK Advisor Study Help service commences in week 1 of Semester 1 2018. The timetable 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 (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. 

The Study Help site also provides access the online writing and tutorial service Smarthinking on the left course menu.  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.

Studiosity Online tutoring

In Semester 1, 2018, UC students will be able to access the Australian online tutoring service Studiosity (trialled in Semester 2, 2017 and previously known as YourTutor) for Writing Feedback and Connect Live online tutoring. You can access Studiosity from the course menu of your unit UCLearn (Canvas) site. Students can access 12 free sessions with Studiosity in Semester 1, 2018.

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 class free week of Semester 2, 2018 (pre O-week) from Monday 23rd July to Thursday 26th July. 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.

Workshops for Semester 1, 2018 will be held on:

  • Wednesday 28th February 10:30am-12:00pm (Week 3)
  • Wednesday 21st March 1:30pm-3:00pm (Week 6)
  • Wednesday 11th April 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.

    Workshops for Semester 1, 2018 will be held on:

    • Wednesday 21st February 12:30pm-1:30pm (Week 2)
    • Wednesday 7th March 12:30pm-13:30pm (Week 4)
    • Thursday 5th April 2:00pm-3:00pm (Week 8).

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

    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).
    • Return to Study (Study Skills Orientation and Networking Session) – 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.
    • The creation of interactive online resources tailored to a specific topic or assessment task - these can be embedded on the unit site.

    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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