Learning development

Helping all students improve their academic language & learning

Learning Development has transitioned to remote delivery to students and faculty academics for the remainder of the session. Learning Development offers free resources, seminars and personalised consultations to enrolled students seeking to improve their academic performance. These are all now available online using Zoom, Webex or Moodle. Students and academic staff can explore the available resources and services relevant to their students’ needs and interests through the links below, or contact us for more information (see contact information in the footer of the page). 


New virtual drop-in space now available

Learning Development academics are available through the Learning Co-op to help you with:

  • understanding your assessment task
  • evaluating sources
  • referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • academic writing basics
  • critical thinking
  • analysis and argument

Access drop-in space through Learning Co-Op

 

Extended consultations

We also offer extended consultations (up to one hour) for students who need help with understanding assessment tasks, use of academic language, thesis writing or maths and stats.

Book a consultation through the Learning Co-op

Learning Development services available to students

The Learning Development team offers a range of services and resources designed to help students succeed in their studies.

Consultations

Learning Development lecturers specialising in Academic Language and Learning can help you to:

  • understand assessment requirements
  • develop an argument
  • structure an essay or report
  • improve your academic writing
  • work with research sources
  • understand referencing
  • prepare an annotated bibliography

Drop-in (15 minutes to half an hour)

Register for an extended consultation (up to one hour)


Seminars

The Study, Write, Present (SWP) seminar series explains academic expectations and advises students in relation to studying, writing and speaking in the university context. Topics covered include effective study strategies, efficient reading strategies, analysing the assignment question, essay and report writing, using evidence and referencing.

Register for an online SWP seminar


Resources

  • Study, Write, Present Moodle site: Online self-paced resources from the Study Write, Present seminar series. Self-enrol in this site to access resources on effective study strategies, effective reading strategies, analysing an assignment question, finding and evaluating information, referencing and much more. Includes helpful examples on writing in academic style, paraphrasing and sentence structure.
  • HandoutsExplore 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, visit the Plagarism webpage.

Consultations

Our specialist Maths and Statistics lecturers offer individual and group maths consultations to students in all faculties, including help to understand concepts and work through exercises.

Register for an extended consultation

(up to one hour) or email us for more information.


Seminars 

A series of subject-specific Maths and Stats seminars is available to assist students develop their capacity and confidence.

Register for a maths and stats seminar


Resources

  • Maths topics note resourcesbrush up on your mathematical and statistical skills using notes for topics including fractions, algebra, logarithms, factorising, trigonometry and volume of shapes. All resources have worked examples and there are exercises together with worked solutions for you to practise with.
  • Statistical literacy modulesstatistical 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. These modules aim to help you make sense of and critically evaluate all this information with which you are presented. The Statistical Literacy modules are available by self-enrolling in the Moodle site. They cover:
      
    • Module 1: Producing data
    • Module 2: Describing, clarifying and presenting data and
    • Module 3: Interpreting data
    • Module 4: Introduction to Excel

The Moodle site also contains new animations to assist with statistical calculations, information on choosing the correct hypothesis test, and an online introduction to Excel seminar based on this workbook.

  • Maths refresher modulesyou can self-enrol in the Maths Refresher Moodle site to work through interactive activities that revise core mathematical skills. These include order of operations, a set of three fraction animations (manipulation, multiplying and dividing, and adding and subtracting), rearranging formulae, and simultaneous equations. Most of the modules have quizzes so you can test your understanding.
  • Recordings of remote delivery seminarsseminars that are run during remote delivery have been recorded. You can access them on the Learning Development Maths and Stats 2020 self-enrol Moodle site (videos, slides, feedback questionnaires, and links to the live version of the seminars can all be found there. The site also contains information on consultations and seminars for regional campus students).

Thesis writing consultations

One-to-one thesis writing consultations are available for HDR, postgraduate and undergraduate students working on major research projects.

Register for an extended consultation

(up to one hour).


Thesis writing seminar series

Postgraduate research students are encouraged to attend the thesis writing seminars organised through GRS. This series is now offered using WebEx. We cover a range of topics, including how to write a proposal, how to write a literature review, and how to organise chapters. 

Register for a thesis writing seminar

 

Contact us


All students at any campus can access any of the services we offer. Please contact us below or refer to your specific campus webpages for regional or metropolitan Learning Development academics.