Shortcourses and Workshops

Position yourself for success! The Learning Centre offers a range of workshops that will assist you with your university studies.

For all University orientation events the JCU Orientation team has a Personalised Orientation Planner available here.


Study Period 1, 2024

Learning Centre Workshops

Designed to assist students new to university and delivered by experienced staff, this session will help with your transition to university life and provide additional advice and tips before classes start. JCU Academic Skills Essentials aims to reduce anxiety levels by providing insights into time management, assessment planning, study skills, types of classes, and learning technologies in a supportive environment. The three topics covered will prepare you to be a High Distinction student at JCU.

Part 1 -What successful students do and preparing for assessment

Start your study the right way with the top tips and tricks for how to get the most out of your subjects and succeed at your assessments with ease. Find out what successful students do and discover the best ways to prepare for assessments to get ahead in the first week.

Part 2 - Academic Writing Basics

Writing academically is a key skill at university which you will use frequently in any degree. In this workshop we break down the writing process to make it simple and achievable for all students.

Part 3 - Ethical use of AI in assessment

Can I use ChatGPT in my assignment? What counts as cheating? Generative AI is an emerging technology, and the rules are always changing. In this workshop we unpack some of the key issues surrounding the ethical use of AI such as ChatGPT and give clear guidelines and about what is, and what is not acceptable use at JCU.

If you missed the orientation session, you can watch the online webinar here.

Date(s)

Trimester On Campus: Thursday 25th January 10.30am - 12noon AEST

Trimester Online: Thursday 25th January 5.30pm - 6.45pm AEST

Semester On Campus: Thursday 15th February 10.30am - 12noon AEST

Semester Online: Thursday 15th February 5.30pm - 6.45pm AEST

Rooms: Townsville 134-010 ; Cairns A3.2 Trimester Orientation; A3.3 Semester Orientation; Online

Registration

Part 1 -What successful students do and preparing for assessment

Part 2 - Academic Writing Basics

Part 3 - Ethical use of AI in assessment

This course is designed to build confidence and competence in students returning to maths or in need of a refresher. After a short overview of basic skills, 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 through the modules.

Please download and bring with you a copy of each workbook to the workshop to enhance your learning.

Date(s)

Trimester On Campus: Monday 29th January 12noon-2pm AEST

Semester On Campus: Friday 16th February 12noon-2pm AEST

Online: Monday 19th Feb 5.30-7pm AEST

Rooms: Townsville 134-010 ; Cairns B001-107; Online

Registration

Download the Maths Refresher Short Course workbooks in PDF format:

Revise basic statistics concepts that will support future learning throughout your degree. You will learn about collecting, organising, analysing and interpreting information.

Date(s)

Trimester Online: Monday 29th January 5.30pm-7pm AEST

Semester Online: Wednesday 14th February 5.30pm-7pm AEST

Room: Online

Registration

If you missed the Basic Statistics Short Course, you can download our Basic Stats self-study resources

This workshop is designed to refresh the basic ideas underpinning chemistry including atomic structure, the periodic table, bonding, and basic reaction equations.

Please download and bring with you a copy of the workbook to the workshop to enhance your learning.

Chemistry Refresher - Electronic Booklet (DOCX, 2235 KB)

Chemistry Refresher - Printable Booklet (DOCX, 2717 KB)

Date(s)

Trimester On Campus: Monday 29th January 3pm-5pm AEST

Semester On Campus: Friday 16th February 3pm-5pm AEST

Rooms: Townsville 134-010; Cairns B1-020

Registration

These online workshops aim to give you the confidence to succeed by developing your academic skills over the first four weeks of the study period. All sessions are delivered online and can be accessed by all JCU students. All sessions will run from 6pm to 7pm AEST. Join the sessions online using the room links below. You do not need to register to attend these sessions.

Session One

Topic

Active Learning Strategies

Study Smarter Not Harder

Date(s)

Trimester Students: 31st January 6pm to 7pm and 7th February 6pm to 7pm (a repeat due to technical issues)

Semester Students: 22nd February 6pm to 7pm

Room: Online

Session Two

Topic

Critical Reading

Date(s)

Trimester Students: 14th February 6pm to 7pm

Semester Students: 29th February  6pm to 7pm

Room: Online

Session Three

Topic

Mind Mapping

Date(s)

Trimester Students: 21st February 6pm to 7pm

Semester Students: 7th March  6pm to 7pm

Room: Online

Session Four

Topic

Studying for Exams

Date(s)

Trimester Students: 28th February 6pm to 7pm

Semester Students: 14th March 6pm to 7pm

Room: Online

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