Academic consultations

Types of consultations

Feedback on drafts and immediate support on a question about writing, research, referencing, study skills, or foundational maths & stats can be obtained from the external service Studiosity. Consultations with a UOW academic are also available for more in-depth learning support, support understanding assessment tasks and support for maths topics at any level.

UOW academic consultations are available through online drop-ins and booked consultations.

Studiosity: 24/7 short question chats and draft feedback

Free for UOW students, Studiosity is a third-party service that can be used to receive fast (within 24 hours) feedback on your drafts or to submit a question and be connected to one of their relevant staff to chat in real-time (up to 20 minute sessions). Questions can be on writing, research, referencing, study skills, or foundational mathematics & science concepts. Access Studiosity through your subject Moodle site.

Online drop-in consultations with UOW academics

Short consultations (up to 30 minutes) are available with a UOW Learning Development academic via our online drop-in sessions. Use this for immediate support on assignment writing, understanding your assessment task, study skills, referencing, and critical thinking. If necessary, you may be encouraged to book an extended consultation.

Extended consultations with UOW academics: by appointment (up to 1 hour)

Students from all campuses can book a free consultation with a UOW Learning Development academic on assignment writing, English language, research writing, and maths and stats. These are available in-person (when health safety restrictions allow), online via Zoom (or preferred video conferencing medium), by email or by phone. Further details on what to expect from a consultation is below.

To request an extended consultation:

What can I expect from a consultation?

Assignment writing

Students requiring high level advice on disciplinary assignments can access a consultation with an academic language and learning lecturer. Please note that consultations cannot be used for proof reading or editing assignments. Consultations may only be used to receive feedback in your written work and learn how to develop independent strategies for improving your study and writing.

The assignment writing consultants can help you with:

  • Interpreting complex assignment questions
  • Developing a research and writing plan
  • Advice on writing effective assignments
  • Help with analysing and producing disciplinary language
  • Selecting and using appropriate referencing styles

English language

  • Feedback on your English language expression in assignments
  • Help developing strategies for improving your comprehension of course material
  •  Help developing language learning strategies to improve your proficiency in English

Library (available for postgraduate, PhD and honours students)

  • Exploring specific information needs
  • Accessing relevant resources for your assessments
  • Managing your references

Mathematics and statistics

  • Help revising topics or studying new ones
  • Assistance in working through exercise sheets
  • Improving problem solving and revision skills
  • Individual or small group consultations for students
  • Specialist statistics lecturer

Who we are

Our Learning Development lecturers are experienced academics from a variety of backgrounds. They can offer advice on writing, structuring your assignments, referencing, giving presentations, maths and stats, study methods, and understanding assignment questions. Watch the video to meet a couple of Learning Developers, and see how they can help you with your studies.

Hi. I'm Dr Leonie Watson. I'm part of a team of Learning Development academics here at UOW.

I work with students in any course who are looking for study skills advice or help with their assignments. I can offer advice on writing, structuring your assignments, referencing, giving presentations, and probably the most common problem of all is understanding the assignment question so that you can respond to it appropriately.

I have a lot of experience working with students from all faculties, from first year through to phd level. Learning developers don't mark your assignment, but can give you feedback, so you can feel comfortable talking to us and getting academic advice. Often a student has a lot of ideas but can't express what they want to say. If you're stuck we can help you.

And I'm Dr David Hartley. We have maths and stats support for students here too. I'm here to help you overcome any maths blocks you may have and understand what you need to do for your assignments.

Just go to the webpage for the Learning Co-Op and click on academic consultations to find us. We have drop-in sessions or extended consultations available. Throughout the session we also deliver some seminar series on academic skills, maths and stats, and others. Our Learning Development lecturers are available to help you.

Meet our Learning Developers


David is a mathematician and assists students across all faculties with their maths and stats skills, working with primary educators, business students, engineers, mathematicians and others. He has a PhD in geometric analysis and will talk to you at length about moving surfaces if allowed. David is available for consultations.

Mathematician David


Leonie has a background in creative arts, humanities, science and education, with further experience supporting students from law, nursing and social work. She works with students at all levels of study. Working with students to develop their academic writing and all aspects of their study is her favourite part of her job. Leonie is available for consultations and you might also find her in the drop-ins.



Russell gains satisfaction from working with students, of all levels and standards, to help them achieve better results. He is down-to-earth, with a warm and welcoming personality and wide experience across disciplines.

Profile photo Russell Walton


Catriona’s academic background is in applied linguistics and English language teaching. One-on-one, she works with students from all disciplines and at all levels of study, from undergraduate to HDR. She has particular experience teaching undergraduate and postgraduate Engineering students to develop and improve their academic and research communication skills. Catriona is currently studying Italian online, so has a great appreciation of how lonely remote study can seem! She is available for booked appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays and (occasionally) Wednesdays and you might also find her in the drop-ins.

Request an academic consultation

To request an academic consultation, please complete the below:


What happens next?

Once you have submitted the form, information on the available times will be sent to your email for you to choose your preferred options.

Consultations are available in-person (when health safety restrictions allow), online via Zoom (or preferred video conferencing medium), by email or by phone.

For more information on how Zoom meetings operate, please refer to the Zoom - Getting Started Guide.

You are not required to download Zoom to your computer to be part of a consultation.