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Academic skills workshop descriptions

Academic skills Weeks 1-9

Week 1

Study smarter, not harder
Develop an active learning toolkit for UWA studies - Forming good study habits is key to effective study. In this workshop, you will learn how to apply active learning skills and develop your own study strategies. Time and venue: Tuesday 30 July, 1-2pm or Wednesday 31 July, 1-2pm (repeat workshop) at The Circle, Ground Floor, Reid Library.
Managing your study time
Make the most of your study time by using some simple but effective strategies - One challenge for university students is managing all the competing demands on their time. In this workshop you will learn strategies to set goals, prioritise tasks and manage your time effectively. Time and venue: Tuesday 30 July, 2-3pm or Wednesday 31 July, 2-3pm (repeat workshop) at The Circle, Ground Floor, Reid Library.
Thinking at university level
Become familiar with UWA expectations of academic thinking - This workshop will show you different techniques for thinking critically at university level and will provide tips on how to apply these skills to get better marks. Time and venue: Tuesday 30 July, 3-4pm or Wednesday 31 July, 3-4pm (repeat workshop) at The Circle, Ground Floor, Reid Library.

Week 2

Reading and notetaking
Improve reading and note-making skills for uni - This workshop provides strategies for dealing with information overload by enhancing your reading and note-making skills. Time and venue: Tuesday 6 August, 1-2pm or Wednesday 7 August, 12-1pm (repeat workshop) at The Circle, Ground Floor, Reid Library.
Referencing and paraphrasing
Cite right at UWA - In this workshop you will learn the principles of referencing, including why and how to integrate sources, as well as the art of paraphrasing and synthesising scholarly works. Time and venue: Tuesday 6 August, 2-3pm or Wednesday 7 August, 1-2pm (repeat workshop) at The Circle, Ground Floor, Reid Library.
Writing lab reports
Learn how to structure a lab report - This workshop will discuss how to write effective lab reports. It will offer tips on structuring your report as well as writing in an objective, clear and concise style. Time and venue: Tuesday 6 August, 3-4pm or Wednesday 7 August, 2-3pm (repeat workshop) at The Circle, Ground Floor, Reid Library.

Week 3

Writing essays 1: Get started
Get to know the steps you need to get started writing university essays - This workshop will show you how to plan and structure your essay. Time and venue: Tuesday 13 August, 1-2pm or Wednesday 14 August, 1-2pm (repeat workshop) at The Circle, Ground Floor, Reid Library.
Writing essays 2: Get better marks
Turn an essay plan into a clear, coherent argument - In this workshop, you will find out what to put in each paragraph, how to use evidence and examples to back up your point, and how to effectively revise your essay. Time and venue: Tuesday 13 August, 2-3pm or Wednesday 14 August, 2-3pm (repeat workshop) at The Circle, Ground Floor, Reid Library.

Week 4

Delivering presentations
You don't have to be a professional speaker to present like one - Presenting to an audience can be nerve-racking, but with preparation and practice you can present like a professional! This workshop will increase your confidence through showing you how to create a well-structured presentation and engage your audience. Time and venue: Tuesday 20 August, 1-2pm or Wednesday 21 August, 1-2pm (repeat workshop) at The Circle, Ground Floor, Reid Library.
Reflective writing
Get to know what?s expected in this style of assessment - This workshop will help students to understand the conventions of reflective writing at university. Time and venue: Tuesday 20 August, 2-3pm or Wednesday 21 August, 2-3pm (repeat workshop) at The Circle, Ground Floor, Reid Library.


Week 10

Preparing for exams
Learn how to study effectively - This workshop will discuss how to improve your study techniques, schedule your study time and decrease stress in the lead up to exams. Time and venue: Tuesday 8 October, 1-2pm or Wednesday 9 October, 12-1pm (repeat workshop) at The Circle, Ground Floor, Reid Library.

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