Academic Language and Learning Success Program (ALLSP)

Assignments and study skills help

Welcome to the Academic Language and Learning Success Program (ALLSP). Our team is here to support your academic development at Charles Darwin University (CDU).

Study smarter

Make use of our free services to gain the skills you need to:

  • Understand your assignments
  • Know what standard of work is required
  • Know how to get the grades you want
  • Express yourself better in writing
  • Produce academically appropriate work (essays, reports, journal articles, research papers).

Watch a short video on the services ALLSP offers to students


Who we support

All higher education CDU students: internal, external, international, domestic, undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Free service - on campus, online and on the phone

The academic support services we offer, times and links

Academic Language and Learning Success Program Services


1 & 2

PASS – Peer Assisted Study Sessions (on campus & online - weekly)
An hour at PASS saves an hour at home wondering if you’re on the right track!!

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), in semester 1, 2014, will be supporting:

CUC100 Academic Literacies

NUR115 Fundamentals of Primary Health Care
NUR120 Introduction to Professional Nursing
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1

Study Skills Workshops (on campus & online)

We run over 20 different study skills workshop during each semester. The workshops are conducted at Casuarina campus and the same workshops are conducted online on Collaborate for external students and those who cannot make the on campus workshops earlier that day. Students are welcome to attend as many workshops as they wish.

Weekly clinics (on campus & online - weekly)

The clinics (writing, editing and proofreading; oral presentations) are conducted weekly. Students are encouraged to bring their work to these sessions and apply what they learn in the sessions to that work. Students can also do their presentations in the oral presentations workshop in order to get feedback before they present for assessment purposes.

Individual consultations (face-to-face, phone & Skype)

Before seeking an individual consultation, we encourage students to attend at least one ALLSP workshop that concentrates on the academic skill they wish to learn about and improve on before seeking appointments for individual assistance. Appointments can be made online for phone, Skype or face-to-face consultations. Consultations are 50 minutes long and aim to address the student's specific academic needs. With phone consultations, we call you at the appointed time. Appointments are made online.

Hours - all year round, Mon - Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm DARWIN TIME, except public/CDU hols.

Student requested workshops (on campus & online)

Students are able to request a workshop, online or on campus, provided that there is a minimum of three students who will attend. The workshop is tailored to the students' request and needs. For example, a group of 6 nursing students requested a workshop on report writing with a particular focus on an assignment.
Workshop times are negotiated with the requesting students.

After-hours consultations (face-to-face, phone & Skype)

The after-hours service is primarily for external student use, however, on campus students can also access it. The after-hours service is solely for individual consultations. Consultations are 50 minutes long and aim to address the student's specific academic needs. With phone consultations, we call you at the appointed time. Appointments are made online.

Hours: Mon., Tues., Wed. & Thurs.: 5:00pm - 9.30pm; Sat.: 12:30pm - 5.00pm DARWIN TIME, except public/CDU hols.

Drop-in service (face-to-face, phone & Skype)

Up to 20-minute consultations are offered without an appointment at the 'drop-in centre' located in the CDU library.

Hours: Mon. & Fri.: 1:00pm - 4:00pm DARWIN TIME, except public/CDU hols.

Online resources

The Study Skills website provides a comprehensive range of study skills information to enable students to gain an appreciation of the academic skills required at university. The website includes short (5-minute) study skills videos and interactive activities developed by ALLSP with the assistance of the multimedia team in the Office of Learning and Teaching. Study skills videos and interactive activities are continually being developed and added to the website for student use.

Recorded workshops online: Workshops we have conducted are available online for you to view and benefit from.

Our service does NOT include editing or proofreading

Our services do not include editing or proofreading of content or for grammar and spelling errors for a whole essay or report. However, we can look at one paragraph of your work with you and show you how to edit and proofread. You are then expected to apply what you learn in that session to the rest of your essay or report. It is important that you learn how to edit and proofread your work yourself.

Office Hours - Semesters 1 & 2

Monday: 9.00am - 5.00pm DARWIN TIME
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 9.00am - 9.30pm DARWIN TIME
Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm DARWIN TIME
Saturday: 12.30pm - 5.00pm DARWIN TIME

Closed on public/CDU holidays

Contact us

E: for day and after-hours service
T: 08 8946 7459
Monday-Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm DARWIN TIME

For after-hours service
T: 1800 157 900 (free phone call)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 5.00pm - 9.30pm DARWIN TIME
Saturday: 12.30pm - 5.00pm DARWIN TIME

Linh Pallos
Theme Leader
Senior Lecturer

Andrew Stechmann
Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) Coordinator



Amanda Janssen
Academic Language and Learning Lecturer

Amanda Alexander
Study Skills Facilitator 
George Pantazis
Academic Language and Learning Lecturer

On leave until further notice

Merin Nielsen
Study Skills Facilitator 

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Contact us

Academic Language and Learning Success Program (ALLSP),
Orange 4, Level 2,
Casuarina campus

  • (08) 8946 7459; M-F: 9am-5pm
  • 1800 157 900 (free call)
    M, T, W & T: 5pm-9.30pm
    Sat.: 12.30pm-5pm