Did you discover that your notes weren’t very helpful when you revised for your last exams? Would you like to learn how to schedule tasks more efficiently to better balance your studies with other activities? Think your writing could use improvement?
Take advantage of the 20 different free courses for undergraduate, honours, and postgraduate students run by the Academic Skills Centre during Term 3. There’s something for everyone, from taking effective notes, revising for exams, managing your time, and learning the basics of Excel and statistics.
Writing is also a key focus. Choose from courses featuring essay writing, paraphrasing, and proofreading. If you find it challenging when you’re given a question to answer for an assessment, come along to the “Understanding the Question” course to learn strategies for unpacking these prompts.
If English is not your first language, you can get assistance with reading, writing, speaking, and listening to gain valuable skills and confidence. There is an English Language Support Programme running once a week, as well as individual sessions for English Language Learners throughout the term.
The Library is also running workshops in Term 3 to make researching and referencing easier for you. Want to know how to use Multisearch or Google Scholar to find books and articles? Check out the “Find It!” and “Google Scholar” workshops. Trying to figure out APA referencing for your essay or report? There are several workshops on APA style as well as the EndNote referencing software.
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Autumn Gradfest is 11 – 15 June and features a variety of sessions to help you on the thesis journey. You will also have opportunities to meet other postgrad students during the breaks and at the welcome social and showcase awards.
Many of the sessions are designed to give you practical tips about different aspects of the research and writing process. For example, you can learn more about note-taking and writing your literature review.
When you need to read and understand large amounts of material, it’s important to make the best use of your time. At GradFest you can also learn how technology can help you stay up-to-date and be more efficient.
Other sessions are focused on careers and cultural communication. These can help prepare you for applying and interviewing for jobs, as well as interacting with people from different backgrounds. There is also a new session where postgrad students discuss what helped them the most during their studies.
Whether you’re at the beginning, middle, or end of your thesis, there is something you’ll find helpful at Gradfest.
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Kara is a PhD student in English at UC. She is also a Peer Learning Advisor at the Academic Skills Centre where she helps her peers with their writing assignments. This week she writes about the range of ways Academic Skills Centre can help postgrads with their studies.
If you’re a postgraduate student, you’ll know that the research and writing process can sometimes be daunting. Fortunately, you can access the free advisory services of the UC Academic Skills Centre (ASC) to help support you during your studies. You want your writing to be the best it can be, and ASC has a team of Learning Advisors to help you with everything from literature reviews to thesis planning. Advisors offer workshops and seminars each term, and they are also available for individual consultations.
Workshops and seminars are listed on the ASC webpage and some are targeted specifically for postgraduates. If you’re just starting out, you might be interested in attending a seminar on Academic Skills for Thesis Writers. If you are concerned about how you will plan out your time so you can balance everything in your life, you might want to take the seminar on Time Management. For those in Science, there is a three-part course on Postgraduate Science Writing that will help you write a laboratory report.
If you have specific questions about your writing, you can speak with someone one-on-one at ASC, which is located on level 3 of the Central Library. If you just have a quick question, such as a referencing question, you can stop by the on-call desk for a quick query (max 10 minutes) between 11:00am and 2:00pm, Monday to Friday. If you would like to review a portion of your writing with a Learning Advisor, you can book a 40-minute consultation at the reception desk, by phone or by email.
Another valuable programme is GradFest, a week-long series of seminars and workshops designed specifically for postgraduates. This is a good opportunity to learn about topics such as ethics approval, thesis proposals, publication, and networking. Guest speakers from across UC share their expertise and help you navigate your postgraduate journey. GradFest is also a great opportunity to meet other students and share your own stories about being a postgraduate. The next GradFest will be 11-15 June 2018, so stay tuned for more information.