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Position yourself for success! The Learning Centre offers a range of short courses and workshops that will assist you with your university studies.
All events are free and open to JCU students from all year levels and courses. All sessions are run in fully online mode.
You can download the Short Courses flyer in one page here (PDF, 157 KB).
Study Period 2, 2020
Maths Refresher Short Course
This short course is designed to build confidence and competence in students returning to maths or in need of a refresher.
You will be able to work through modules at your own pace with support and guidance from our experienced facilitators, who will be on hand to assist you to work through mathematical concepts.
This course is particularly helpful for students intending to study courses where mathematics and statistics are required.
The Maths Refresher runs for five one-hour fully online sessions.
Session 1: Friday July 24th : 10am – 11am
Unable to make the first session? Follow these instructions to join the online organisation.
Download the Maths Refresher Short Course workbooks in PDF format:
Basic Statistics Short Course
Come along to this short course to revise basic statistics concepts that will support future learning throughout your degree. You will learn how to collect, organise, analyse and interpret information.
Basic Statistics runs for four one-hour fully online sessions.
Session 1: Friday July 31st : 12 noon – 1pm
Unable to make the video chat sessions? Follow these instructions to join the online organisation.
If you missed the Basic Statistics Short Course, you can download the workshop presentation slides (PDF, 7131 KB)
Academic Writing Short Course
Academic writing is very different to the writing you might be familiar with outside of university. This informative and hands-on course is designed to address the skills needed to research and write various academic texts such as essays, reports and annotated bibliographies.
Bring along your subject outline and get a head start on your assignments with help from our facilitators.
The Academic Writing Short Course runs for three one hour fully online sessions.
Part 1 - Unpacking task question and searching library databases
Part 2 - Taking notes and planning for writing
Part 3 - Integrating evidence, editing and referencing
Online Academic Writing Short Course
If you are unable to attend the Academic Writing Workshop on campus The Learning Centre also provides a series of webinar recordings which are available at the bottom of the page.
Part I: Unpacking the essay question and searching library databases
Learn effective strategies for understanding your essay question and searching library databases. Have a copy of your subject outline and one of your subject readings on hand for this active learning session.
Part II: Taking notes and planning for writing
Learn various methods for taking notes, how to structure and organise your first academic assignment.
Part III: Integrating evidence, editing and referencing
One of the most important learning and assessment tools at university is the writing of essays. These essays differ from the essays you wrote at school. Firstly, they are written in an academic style, and secondly, the content is often a synthesis of ideas you have collected from a wide variety of readings. Learn how to summarise and paraphrase research and readings and reference accordingly.
If you missed the Academic Writing Short Course, you can download the workshop presentation slides (PDF, 2974 KB), or you may be interested in the Academic Writing in the Disciplines Workshops (see below). Download the Summarising, Paraphrasing and Quoting slides here (PDF, 1696 KB).
Getting the most from your readings
One of the most important activities you will have to do as a university student is read. You read to inform yourself about your discipline, the subjects you are studying and to inform your writing.
To become a better reader means you have to be able to gather information efficiently from what you are reading and also be able to interact creatively and critically with the information you have read.
Therefore, this workshop will focus on:
1. using the structure of the whole text to help you read more efficiently
2. the strategies to use while reading to aid your understanding of the text
If you have a journal article to read in preparation for one of your lectures, please bring it to the workshop.
Monday July 27th : 12 noon - 1pm, repeat session at 6pm - 7pm
If you missed the getting the most from your readings workshop, you can download the workshop presentation slides. (PPTX, 1155 KB)
Postgraduate by Coursework Orientation
Making a Start: an academic orientation for postgraduate coursework students
As a new Masters (coursework) student are you unsure of what to expect? This workshop covers expectations for academic writing and writing genres; critical thinking; writing tips; how to approach writing tasks; deciphering subject outlines, task sheets and assessment rubrics/criteria, and tips on data analysis and useful statistics resources.
Join us for a short virtual face-to face session to introduce you to the modules and to the Learning Advisers who are here to support you to succeed.
Friday July 24th : 12 noon - 1pm
Active Learning Workshops
Learn valuable organisation and study skills to maximise your learning, make the best use of your time and thus achieve better results.
- Study smarter not harder (PDF, 2339 KB)
- Effective reading (PDF, 2874 KB) and note-taking (PDF, 392 KB)
- Studying for exams (PDF, 444 KB)
- Exam tactics (PDF, 446 KB)
Academic Writing in the Disciplines
Develop your understanding of writing for academic purposes by learning how to organise and express your ideas. Explore a variety of assessment types to help you succeed at university and beyond. These self-study guides focus on the fundamentals of writing (paragraphing, using evidence, etc.) with reference to discipline specific typical text types / genres.
Postgraduate By Coursework Orientation
If you missed the postgraduate by coursework orientation, you can access the materials in the Self-Study Workshops below.
Once you have complete the modules, we would value your feedback. Please click this link for a short survey.