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.