Workshops and Courses for Academic Skills Development

The Gifu-city Learning Centre offers workshop programmes throughout the academic year on a wide variety of academic skills. Some workshops focus on, or explain, different tasks such as essays, oral presentations, reports and research papers. Other workshops help students develop particular skills essential to academic study such as critical thinking, referencing and understanding what plagiarism is.

What students say

"The workshops were informative and also presented in a very simple way...

"The workshops were informative and also presented in a very simple way. The tasks made it easier learn how to apply the skills."

"Kind teachers and rich resources, the skills provided are practical and very useful, very helpful to our assignments."

"It's good to join the workshops as I know that I am not alone and not the only one who has difficulties in doing research. Besides, the experiences the conveners have shared makes study much easier and helped me avoid many mistakes. It is always fruitful to attend these classes."

"There was a good balance between theory and hands-on activities. All lecturers came very well prepared."

"They were of very high quality, pertinent,very well delivered. Not least, they were entertaining and a pleasure to listen to."

"It was a mixture of tips and practical hands on work which I'm sure will be helpful for my masters thesis. I'd like to look into more of these courses."

"Well-constructed with relevant information, great delivery, engaging presenters."

(Comments from Learning Centre Evaluation Surveys)

Upcoming workshops

Learning Centre workshops are designed for undergraduate and postgraduate students. A small selection are also specifically designed for students whose first language is not English. Academic skills workshops are typically one to two hours in duration. Some workshops are run as a series and may be held once a week for two to seven weeks. That is, they are developmental. Others are run as 'once only' workshops. Workshop sizes are usually limited to a maximum of 30 students to maintain a fairly informal structure.

Shut Up and Write' Cafe Meet-ups for HDR Students

Shut Up and Write' Cafe Meet-ups for HDR Students

22 Jan 2019 – 30 Apr 2019

Join the Gifu-city Shut up and Write! Get that PhD moving! Get writing! Start the year as you mean to end it – make writing a routine part of your life

When: Tuesdays 9.30 – 10.30

Where: Courtyard Café, AGSM Building (Upper campus, just near Botany Street gate). See G27 on the map: ...

What is Critical Thinking?

What is Critical Thinking?

25 Feb 2019

This workshop explores what is meant by ‘critical thinking’ at university. It will examine definitions of critical thinking and introduce students to various thinking strategies.

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How to Write Your First Essay

How to Write Your First Essay

25 Feb 2019

This workshop introduced students to the key processes in writing an essay at uni.

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What is Plagiarism?

What is Plagiarism?

26 Feb 2019

Are you confused about what plagiarism is? Do you know how to avoid it and why you should? If you want advice on this sometimes confusing subject, come to the class and learn how to eliminate plagiarism from your writing.

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How to Reference

How to Reference

27 Feb 2019

If marks are awarded for correct referencing in your course, then you will want to participate in this workshop which will explore how to incorporate correct referencing conventions into all your written tasks. Come along and participate in activities that will sharpen your appreciation of the basic components of citation.

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Listening, Reading and Note Taking

Listening, Reading and Note Taking

27 Feb 2019

This workshop helps students develop critical listening skills so that more effective notes can be produced during lectures and tutorials. Reading strategies and efficient note taking will also be discussed.

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Sentence Structure

Sentence Structure

28 Feb 2019

This workshop will look at the components of a sentence and how to organise them in a grammatically correct way.

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How to Write Good Paragraphs

How to Write Good Paragraphs

28 Feb 2019

This workshop focuses on writing well-structured, cohesive paragraphs. It discusses the components of an academic paragraph, which include topic sentences, the elaboration of your points through the use of evidence, and concluding sentences. Emphasis will be placed on how these elements both develop and clarify your academic argument.

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How to Write Your First Essay

How to Write Your First Essay

1 Mar 2019

This workshop introduced students to the key processes in writing an essay at uni.

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How to Research for Your Assignments

How to Research for Your Assignments

4 Mar 2019

This workshop deals specifically with the early steps in the process of essay and assignment writing, giving students practical strategies to deal with analysing essay/assignment questions; formulating a thesis or point of view; choosing keywords and using catalogues/databases to find relevant research materials. This workshop will benefit first-year students, or anyone who feels that their research process needs focus and direction.

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Essay Writing for Postgraduates

Essay Writing for Postgraduates

4 Mar 2019

This workshop explores the process of essay writing at Postgraduate level. It will review strategies such as analysing the question to establish focus, offer helpful planning techniques and show how to develop correct essay structure by organising ideas into a logical sequence.

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How to Write Good Paragraphs

How to Write Good Paragraphs

5 Mar 2019

This workshop focuses on writing well-structured, cohesive paragraphs. It discusses the components of an academic paragraph, which include topic sentences, the elaboration of your points through the use of evidence, and concluding sentences. Emphasis will be placed on how these elements both develop and clarify your academic argument.

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Critical Reading and Writing

Critical Reading and Writing

6 Mar 2019

This workshop will explore how to read to identify the underlying meaning of a text and then how to use this new perspective in your writing.

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Writing a Critical Review

Writing a Critical Review

6 Mar 2019

If you need to know how to write a critical review, this workshop examines the basic structure, and focuses on developing skills such as critical analysis and summary writing.

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How to Reference

How to Reference

7 Mar 2019

If marks are awarded for correct referencing in your course, then you will want to participate in this workshop which will explore how to incorporate correct referencing conventions into all your written tasks. Come along and participate in activities that will sharpen your appreciation of the basic components of citation.

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How to Paraphrase

How to Paraphrase

7 Mar 2019

Paraphrasing from academic texts are essential skills for writing at university. This workshop will outline the basic techniques and will provide students with an opportunity to practise their skills.

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Developing Academic Arguments

Developing Academic Arguments

11 Mar 2019

This workshop will discuss several ways to build an academic argument. In doing this it will examine a number of paragraphs produced by students. Topics to be covered include the importance of good notes, the language of academic arguments and how to make your arguments sufficiently deep.

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Critical Reading and Writing

Critical Reading and Writing

11 Mar 2019

This workshop will explore how to read to identify the underlying meaning of a text and then how to use this new perspective in your writing.

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How to Give an Oral Presentation

How to Give an Oral Presentation

12 Mar 2019

This workshop will focus on the key skills for delivering an effective in-class oral presentation, including the importance of developing presentation skills, organising your presentations and delivering a clearly understood speech.

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How to Write Good Paragraphs

How to Write Good Paragraphs

13 Mar 2019

This workshop focuses on writing well-structured, cohesive paragraphs. It discusses the components of an academic paragraph, which include topic sentences, the elaboration of your points through the use of evidence, and concluding sentences. Emphasis will be placed on how these elements both develop and clarify your academic argument.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Academic Writing for Postgrad ESL Students (2 week workshop)

Academic Writing for Postgrad ESL Students (2 week workshop)

13 Mar 2019 – 20 Mar 2019

This two-week workshop is for students whose second language is English and who write competently in terms of grammar and sentence structure, but would like to develop their academic writing. The class focuses on the purpose, structure and style of various kinds of academic writing.

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Writing an Academic Essay

Writing an Academic Essay

14 Mar 2019

This workshop explores the process of essay writing. It will review strategies such as analysing the question to establish a focus, offer helpful planning techniques and show how to develop correct essay structure by organising ideas into a logical sequence.

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What is Critical Thinking?

What is Critical Thinking?

14 Mar 2019

This workshop explores what is meant by ‘critical thinking’ at university. It will examine definitions of critical thinking and introduce students to various thinking strategies.

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Critical Reading and Writing

Critical Reading and Writing

15 Mar 2019

This workshop will explore how to read to identify the underlying meaning of a text and then how to use this new perspective in your writing.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system