Information for Students

Information for Students

Learning Development offers a range of free resources and teaching services to all enrolled students seeking to improve their academic performance. Explore the following links to our materials and program information.

LD is located in Building 11, level 3 (take the lift opposite the Unishop).
Phone 4221 3977.

Workshops for coursework students

This general workshop program is designed to introduce students to a range of academic skills. It is offered at the start of each academic session. For the latest information on dates, times and venues, follow the link to:



Smaller Writing Sessions are also offered, which involve active writing and peer review. Students may select whichever writing session they wish to attend. Topics for the writing sessions include: 

  • analysing the question
  • academic writing in context
  • using research material
  • editing strategies
  • communication / EAP

The order of topics changes each fortnight, but sessions are always delivered from 12.30-2.30pm in Building 11, room 210.
Click here for this month's program. Students must register their interest in person with Learning Development, preferably the week before the Writing Session. Participants in these sessions must come prepared to work on their writing projects in small guided groups - bring pens, paper, your current draft writing, the task instructions (eg subject outline) and any additional instructions or readings for your subject writing assignment.


WORKSHOPS FOR research students

For postgraduate research students, LD also offers a series of workshops on thesis writing. Follow the link below for more information and registration.



Resources for independent study or interaction online 

  • Handouts
    Explore the range of files on academic study matters, such as time management, note-taking, writing, avoiding plagiarism, preparing for exams etc. The documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF) format, for you to browse through, download onto your computer or print out from this site. For guidance on avoiding plagiarism, please click here.
  • UniLearning
    This is a website with a wealth of information and interactive activities to help you think about, practice and develop your academic study and writing skills, such as note-taking, critical thinking, essay and report writing, punctuation and grammar.
  • Blog
  • Visit this site to browse resources, reply to posts or ask questions anytime about developing your academic language and learning potential. If you read the blog, it's a good idea to 'follow' it, so you get regular updates and the site can become more interactive. 
  • You can self enrol in the Statistical Modules

    The Statistical Literacy Introductory Program (SLIP) is an online program that has been designed to assist in developing statistical skills.

    Statistical literacy is an extremely important skill to develop because in everyday life you are constantly exposed to information from surveys and scientific experiments which are designed to tell you something about the society we live in. But, how do you know that these findings are accurate? How do you make sense of the information with which you are presented? Statistical literacy provides us with the skills to answer these questions.

    A publicly available version of the Statistical Literacy modules is available here.

    • Module 1 is Producing Data
    • Module 2 is Describing, Clarifying and Presenting Data and
    • Module 3 is Interpreting Data
  • Maths Resources
    Brush up on your basic mathematic skills with topics including arithmetic, algebra, logarithms, and volume of shapes. All resources have worked examples and there are exercises together with worked solutions for you to practise with.



Learning Development staff are also available for individual teaching sessions, focusing on effective strategies to help you complete your academic work. Consultations are free and generally last for one hour. Demand for individual consultations can be very high, and priority has to be given to students referred by faculty staff, so before making an appointment for yourself, please consult LD's online resources and attend workshops, as these opportunities may answer most of your questions. Please note also that individual teaching sessions are just that - this is NOT a proofreading service... Learning Development staff do not 'correct' your work, they aim to help you develop your capacity to interpret, plan and complete assignment tasks, edit draft writing and develop greater proficiency in academic English. 




Please feel free to email us comments on any of the resources and teaching services we offer.

Last reviewed: 21 July, 2014

Contact Details

Learning Development
Building 11 level 3
(take the lift opposite the UniShop)

Telephone: (61 2) 4221 3977