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Register for STUDYSmarter events for expert advice on how to get the most out of your academic, research, English language, and maths and stats skills.

Academic skills workshop descriptions

Download our STUDYSmarter Program Calendar for a quick overview of workshops.

Sign up for these workshops in Groups/STUDYSmarter on the UWA app. Walk ins are also welcome where we have space.

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.

Research skills workshop descriptions

Download our STUDYSmarter Program Calendar for a quick overview of workshops.

Sign up for these workshops in Groups/STUDYSmarter on the UWA app. Walk ins are also welcome where we have space.

Week 1

Starting your research project
Tips for successfully managing your research project - This workshop will show you how to employ effective project management strategies for your research. We will discuss planning and goal setting, managing your relationship with your supervisor, and developing good writing habits. Time and venue: Monday 29 July, 2-3pm or Thursday 1 August, 2-3pm (repeat workshop) at The Circle, Ground Floor, Reid Library.
Writing your research proposal
Tips to help you find, organise, and use the information you need for your research project - This workshop will clarify your thoughts regarding your research proposal. It will help you to consider the key components of an effective research proposal and will emphasise the importance of writing one. Time and venue: Monday 29 July, 3-4pm or Thursday 1 August, 3-4pm (repeat workshop) at The Circle, Ground Floor, Reid Library.

Week 2

Writing your literature review
Understand how to produce an effective literature review - This workshop will provide an understanding of what is needed to produce an effective literature review. Time and venue: Monday 5 August, 1-2pm or Thursday 8 August, 10-11am (repeat workshop) at The Circle, Ground Floor, Reid Library.
Writing your thesis or dissertation
Discover strategies to write a successful thesis - This workshop will discuss what you may need to include in your thesis or dissertation. It will allow you to reflect on your current writing strategies, provide tips to improve your writing style, and assist you to produce a thesis or dissertation that has a logical structure and communicates effectively. Time and venue: Monday 5 August, 2-3pm or Thursday 8 August, 11am-12pm (repeat workshop) at The Circle, Ground Floor, Reid Library
Presenting your research
Improve the way you communicate your research - As a research student you may be required to communicate your research through an oral presentation. This workshop will identify characteristics of successful presentations and will get you thinking about how you can clearly convey your research to a wider audience. Time and venue: Monday 5 August, 3-4pm or Thursday 8 August, 12-1pm (repeat workshop) at The Circle, Ground Floor, Reid Library

Week 4

Understanding statistics for research
Improve your understanding and use of basic statistics in research - Learn how to conduct basic exploratory analyses of data (using Excel) and get an insight into the process of hypothesis testing used in many journal articles and books. Time and venue: Monday 19 August, 1-2pm or Thursday 22 August, 10-11am (repeat workshop) at The Circle, Ground Floor, Reid Library

Study Break

Conference Prep Bootcamp: abstracts, presenting and networking
From abstract to presentation, learn every stage of a conference - Come to our Honours and Masters Conference Preparation Bootcamp to improve abstract writing, pitching your research and networking skills. Bring a draft abstract (if you have one) or just your ideas and we will take you through the process. Presenting at conferences can help you in applying for PhD scholarships and in finding employment, so get ahead with this bootcamp! Time and venue: Wednesday 2 October, 1-4pm at The Circle, Ground Floor, Reid Library
Researcher bootcamp: online identity, grants and publishing
Create your researcher identity with grants, publishing and an online brand - Come to our Honours and Masters Researcher Bootcamp to improve creating a research identity online, writing winning grants and publishing your research. Bring any grant applications or publishing guidelines if you have them and we will take you through the process. Time and venue: Thursday 3 October, 1-4pm at The Circle, Ground Floor, Reid Library

English language workshop descriptions

In addition to our regular STUDYSmarter Program Calendar of workshops, we will also be running a new intensive English language workshop in Study Break. Register now.

You can also get personalised English language advice at our WRITESmart Drop-ins, Monday to Friday mornings, all semester. We look forward to seeing you there!

English language workshops Weeks 1-9

Week 2

Academic writing in English: comparison
Learn the language used to compare, rank and link ideas in academic writing - In this workshop you will develop the language used to compare qualities, quantities and ideas in your academic writing. Time and venue: tbc 2020, Student Central.
Communicate with confidence: comparison
Intensive speaking practice on the language of comparison - Develop your academic communication skills in spoken English in this practical, friendly workshop. Get easy-to-apply tips and helpful feedback to explain your comparisons and decisions. Time and venue: tbc 2020, Student Central.

Week 3

Academic writing in English: process
Learn the language used to describe scientific processes and methods - In this workshop you will develop the language used to discuss methods and processes. Time and venue: tbc 2020, Student Central.
Communicate with confidence: process
Intensive speaking practice on the language of process - Develop your academic communication skills in spoken English in this practical, friendly workshop. Get easy-to-apply tips and helpful feedback to explain your methods and processes. Time and venue: tbc 2020, Student Central.

Week 4

Academic writing in English: justification
Learn the language used to justify choices in academic and professional writing - In this workshop you will develop the language used to justify decisions and recommendations. Time and venue: tbc 2020, Student Central.
Communicate with confidence: justification
Intensive speaking practice on the language of justification - Develop your academic communication skills in spoken English in this practical, friendly workshop. Get easy-to-apply tips and helpful feedback to explain your decisions and recommendations. Time and venue: tbc 2020, Student Central.

Week 5

Academic writing in English: evaluation
Learn the language used to evaluate sources and analyse texts - In this workshop you will develop the language used in critical analysis in academic writing. Time and venue: tbc 2020, Student Central.
Communicate with confidence: evaluation
Intensive speaking practice on the language of evaluation - Develop your academic communication skills in spoken English in this practical, friendly workshop. Get easy-to-apply tips and helpful feedback to explain your critical thinking and conclusions. Time and venue: tbc 2020, Student Central.

Week 6

Academic writing in English: recommendation
Learn the language used to make recommendations - In this workshop you will develop the language used in making evidence-based recommendations and conclusions. Time and venue: tbc 2020, Student Central.
Communicate with confidence: recommendation
Intensive speaking practice on the language of recommendation - Develop your academic communication skills in spoken English in this practical, friendly workshop. Get easy-to-apply tips and helpful feedback to explain your decisions and recommendations. Time and venue: tbc 2020, Student Central.

Week 7

Academic writing in English: reflection
Learn the language of reflection - In this workshop you will develop the language used in reflective essays and learning journals. Time and venue: tbc 2020, Student Central.
Communicate with confidence: reflection
Intensive speaking practice on the language of reflection - Develop your academic communication skills in spoken English in this practical, friendly workshop. Get easy-to-apply tips and helpful feedback to explain your reflective process. Time and venue: tbc 2020, Student Central.


English language workshops Study Break

English language intensive workshop on academic writing in English: process, justification and recommendation

Learn the language used to describe scientific processes and methods, justify choices in academic and professional writing, and make recommendations - This intensive workshop is a condensed version of our weekly workshop program. Join us to develop the language used to discuss methods and processes, justify decisions and recommendations, and make evidence-based recommendations and conclusions. Bring your STUDYSmarter English Language Workbook with you if you have one. If you don't already have one, you will receive one at the start of the workshops. Alternatively, you are welcome to pick one up at WRITESmart Drop-in

Time and venue of workshop intensive: 1pm-4.30pm, Tuesday 1 October 2019, Room 2204, Level 2, Student Central.

Register: Sign up via Eventbrite


Maths and stats workshop descriptions

Download our STUDYSmarter Program Calendar for a quick overview of workshops.

Sign up for these workshops in Groups/STUDYSmarter on the UWA app. Walk ins are also welcome where we have space.

Maths and stats workshops Weeks 1-9

Week 1

Tips for studying maths/stats at uni
Get set for a successful semester of maths/stats study - Get the most out of lectures and tutes and prepare for your first assignments with these tips and strategies. We will also talk about the way learning maths differs from other subjects to set you up for a successful semester. Recommended for anyone studying maths or stats units. Time and venue: Thursday 1 August, 12-1pm, Room 2204, Level 2, Student Central.

Week 2

Avoiding common algebra mistakes
Don't let little slips ruin your work! This session presents common algebraic mistakes and misconceptions and shows you how to detect and avoid them. Become mathematically independent by better understanding how rules work. Recommended for MATH1721, MATH1722, MATH1011, ECON1111, STAT1520 and anyone using algebra. Time and venue: Tuesday 6 August, 1-2pm, Room 2203, Level 2, Student Central.

Week 3

Descriptive statistics
Learn about summarising and comparing data sets - A guide to some of the skills needed for summarising, examining and comparing data sets. Topics include types of data, visual representation, measures of centre and spread, linear transformations, z-scores. Recommended for anyone studying an introductory stats unit. Time and venue: Tuesday 13 August, 1-2pm, Room 2203, Level 2, Student Central.

Week 4

Descriptive statistics (repeat workshop)
Learn about summarising and comparing data sets - A guide to some of the skills needed for summarising, examining and comparing data sets. Topics include types of data, visual representation, measures of centre and spread, linear transformations, z-scores. Recommended for anyone studying an introductory stats unit. Time and venue: Thursday 22 August, 12-1pm, Room 2204, Level 2, Student Central.

Week 5

Maths for Science students
Learn more about the numeracy skills you need to use - This workshop discusses some of the mathematical techniques you will find useful in your scientific studies. Topics include fractions, decimals, percentages, rates, logarithms, Scientific Notation, the SI Unit System and calculator use. Recommended for anyone studying a Science unit, especially if you find the numeracy aspects challenging. Time and venue: Thursday 27 August, 1-2pm, Room 2203, Level 2, Student Central.

Week 6

Using Excel for Statistics
Use the power of Excel to explore and analyse your data - Microsoft Excel can be used to create data summaries (numerical and visual) and perform basic statistical analysis. In this session we will look at Excel formulas, graphs and inbuilt features that will enable you to explore and analyse your data. Recommended for anyone wishing to learn more about applying basic statistical methods in Excel. Time and venue: Tuesday 3 September, 1-2pm, Room 2203, Level 2, Student Central.

Week 8

Fundamentals of inferential statistics
Find out how hypothesis tests work - Inference (or hypothesis testing) is a widely used technique for assessing evidence from data so it gets covered in most introductory statistics or data analysis units. The good news is that all statistical tests follow the same underlying structure. In this workshop we explore this structure in a simple setting and demonstrate how it applies to some common statistical tests. Recommended for anyone studying an introductory stats unit. Time and venue: Tuesday 17 September, 1-2pm, Room 2203, Level 2, Student Central.


Maths and stats workshops Week 10

Fundamentals of confidence intervals
Use confidence intervals with, well, confidence! Confidence intervals are widely used to describe the accuracy of estimates so they are covered in most introductory statistics or data analysis units. The good news is that all statistical Confidence Intervals follow the same underlying structure. In this workshop we explore this structure in a simple setting. Recommended for anyone studying an introductory stats unit. Time and venue: Tuesday 8 October, 1-2pm, Room 2203, Level 2, Student Central.

Maths and stats workshops Week 12

Prepare for your maths/stats exam
Get some tips before the pre-exam study break - You have successfully sat maths exams before but it's nice to know how they work at UWA. This session provides some study suggestions for the lead up to exams and explains how maths study differs from other areas. Specific tips are provided for common Level 1 MATH and STAT units before we discuss how to get the best out of yourself on exam day. Recommended for anyone sitting maths and/or stats exams (especially if it is your first one at UWA). Time and venue: Tuesday 22 October, 1-2pm, Room 2203, with repeat workshop Thursday 24 October, 12-1pm, Room 2204, Level 2, Student Central.


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