Academic Skills Development Workshops

Academic Skills Development Workshops

The Gifu-city Learning Centre offers workshop programmes throughout Semesters 1 and 2 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.

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 in order to maintain a fairly informal structure.

Upcoming workshops

Orientation Week - Semester 2, 2018

18 Jul 2018 – 20 Jul 2018

Get your studies off to a flying start! Orientation is a great time to learn about life on campus. Orientation offer activities and workshops useful for both new and returning students.

How to Research for Your Assignments

How to Research for Your Assignments

24 Jul 2018

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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How to Reference

How to Reference

24 Jul 2018

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

24 Jul 2018

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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Advanced Academic Reading

Advanced Academic Reading

25 Jul 2018

The purpose of this workshop is to provide students with ideas and strategies for managing large amounts of reading at a postgraduate level.

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How to Write an Essay

How to Write an Essay

31 Jul 2018

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? (2 week workshop)

What is Critical Thinking? (2 week workshop)

31 Jul 2018

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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Writing Summaries and Paraphrases

Writing Summaries and Paraphrases

31 Jul 2018

Summary writing and paraphrasing are essential skills for writing at university. In this workshop, we shall go through the basics of these skills with exercises.Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Listening, Reading and Note Taking

Listening, Reading and Note Taking

1 Aug 2018

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.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Paragraphs in Academic Writing

Paragraphs in Academic Writing

1 Aug 2018

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 Research for Your Assignments

How to Research for Your Assignments

1 Aug 2018

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.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system

Report Writing

Report Writing

1 Aug 2018

This workshop aims to provide students with an understanding of the structure of a university report. It will examine various sections of a report, and technical language.

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Critical Reading and Writing

Critical Reading and Writing

3 Aug 2018

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 Write an Essay

How to Write an Essay

9 Aug 2018

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.

Register via The Learning Centre's workshop booking system