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Short Courses and Workshops

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

All Learning Centre events are free and open to JCU students from all year levels and courses.

Register for all SP1 2022 Learning Centre short courses here.

JCU Orientation Programs

Designed to assist students new to university and delivered by experienced students and staff, this two-day course will help with transition to university life and provide additional advice and tips before classes start. UniStart training is interactive and 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 Learning Centre will be presenting on Academic Writing as part of this short course.  Register for Cairns Campus. Register for Townsville Campus.

These short, self-paced modules are designed to help you transition into university and thrive. We recommend that new students complete them prior to Orientation Week to optimise their success.

https://www.jcu.edu.au/getready4uni


Study Period 1, 2022

Short Courses

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.

You can choose to participate in the Maths Refresher either face to face or online. All registrants should attend the online introductory session.

All students are encouraged to attend the Saturday workshop in person on the Townsville or Cairns campus. This includes students enrolled externally. Any student who wants to participate in the workshop, but who cannot attend in person can participate in the Saturday workshop virtually using Collaborate.

Date(s)

Online Introductory Session : Wednesday 16th February 6pm -7pm

Workshop Sessions On Campus and Online :  Saturday 19th February 9am to 2pm.

Rooms: TSV: 034-011C , CNSB001-020

Online Link to Join the Session

Register for this short course here.

Unable to make the first session? Follow these instructions to join the online organisation.

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 how to collect, organise, analyse and interpret information.

This online session introduces you to the self-paced online modules. This is the same online introduction session as the Maths Refresher short course. Drop in to the Maths Refresher short course to clarify any questions you have about the Basic Stats online modules.

Date(s)

Online Introductory Session : Wednesday 16th February 6pm -7pm

Drop in Sessions On Campus and Online :  Saturday 19th February 9am to 2pm.

Rooms: TSV: 034-011C , CNSB001-020

Online Link to Join the Session

Online Link

Register for this short course here.

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 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.

The Academic Writing Short Course is conducted in three 60 minute sessions either on campus or online.

Date(s)

Part 1 - Unpacking task question and searching library databases
Dates: Wednesday 16th February : 1pm - 2pm, repeat session online Friday 18th February at 6pm - 7pm

Rooms: TSV: 134-010, CNSA3.3


Part 2 - Taking notes and planning for writing
Dates: Tuesday 8th March : 1pm - 2pm, repeat online session at 7pm - 8pm

Rooms: TSV: 017-131 , CNSB001-124


Part 3 - Integrating evidence, editing and referencing
Dates: Thursday 10th March : 1pm - 2pm, repeat online session at 7pm - 8pm

Rooms: TSV: 134-130 , CNSB001-124


Online Link to Join the Session

Online Link

Register for this short course here.

Online Academic Writing Short Course

If you are unable to attend the live Academic Writing Workshop on campus or online, The Learning Centre also provides a series of webinar recordings which are available at the bottom of the page.

Workshop overview

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).

For additional academic writing support visit: Essay Writing Basics, Assignment Guides and The Writing Guide.

This online workshop is a repeat of the Keys to Academic Success session run during O Week. You do not need to attend the online session if you have already attended face to face.
Get ready for the first few weeks of class. In part one our Learning Advisors will show you how to create a study plan, draw on three simple steps for assessment success. Then tune in for part two and build some serious research muscle, as well as undertake a Referencing Bootcamp with our Library staff.
Date(s)
Date: Thursday 24th February

Part One: 6pm-7pm

Part Two: 7pm-8pm

Online Link to Join the Session

Online Link

Register for this short course here.

Meet some of JCU's mature age students and discuss strategies for successful study, particularly ways to balance your study, family, and work.

Date(s)

On Campus: Thursday 17 February, 2pm-3pm

Rooms: TSV: 26-002, CNS: A3.3

Online Link

Register for this short course here.

Meet and talk with experienced students about what is involved in reading at university. Discuss new ways to save time and how to become an active reader.

Date(s)

On Campus: Monday 21st February, 12pm-1pm

Online Session: Monday 21st February, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Rooms: TSV: 017-131 , CNSB001-124

Online Link to Join the Session

Online Link

Register for this short course here.

Self-Study Workshops

Learn valuable organisation and study skills to maximise your learning, make the best use of your time and thus achieve better results.

Self-Study Workshops

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.

Self-Study Guides

Writing in the Sciences (PDF, 2210KB)

Writing in the Humanities (PDF, 1010KB)

Access the self-study workshop Making a Start by clicking this link.

For information on other workshops recommended for postgraduate students click here.

Online Webinar Recordings

O Week Testimonials The Learning Centre

JCU students discuss the benefits of attending O-week activities and courses