Archived recorded workshops

Online workshops are recorded and archived for you to view. The recorded workshops focus on:

  • essential academic skills and strategies for academic success which you can apply to all your assignments and studies
  • the application of these skills on specific assignments in a specific unit (see if your particular assignment is discussed).

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Writing for university

Preparing for university

Computer matters

Writing for university

Other Assignment types

Research skills

Preparing for University

Time management: How to live your life and manage your work and studies

Finding and maintaining a healthy and productive study / work / life balance is essential to success at university. We will focus on ways to study more effectively and independently. These will help you to develop more successful study habits, clarify concerns about study, identify personal resources and manage your time. This includes creating your own customised weekly and semester planners. It is surprising how doing this can help you see what you are doing with your time, that is, if you are using it well or not. And then you can make adjustments accordingly.

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  • Time management
  • Creating a study space - Get some ideas for creating your study environment, considering the resources you have and need, plus backup and virus protection for your digital files.


Recorded workshops

What is academic culture?

This workshop is a great way to start the semester, particularly for international students, those who have not been to university before and students returning to study after a long period. We compare the Australian university culture to other places of learning. Certain things are expected of undergraduates, for example, students need to develop the skills to critically analyse, form a perspective based on evidence and work with their lecturers and fellow students as a member of a team. In this workshop, we help you to identify the challenges you may face and create a plan to address those challenges.

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How to understand your unit information and assessment details, and plan your semester

Right from the start it is best to know what to expect from your units, and to know what is expected from you, so that there aren't any surprises. If you come to us with your unit information and assessment details, we can look at the learning outcomes and assessment tasks together. This way you'll know where your study will take you, what will be required and how you're going to get there.

Discussion strategies for tutorials and discussion boards

Participation in tutorials and on discussion boards is often required as part of your course, this type of learning can be rewarding and very helpful. You can learn from other students and take part in discussions related to your area of study and your assignments.

Join us to learn strategies that you can apply in your tutorials and on discussion boards, and practice applying them with other students in the workshop. To progressively develop your skills in this area, you are welcome to come to as many of these sessions as you like. Each week we focus on different topics and different strategies with plenty of opportunities to practice.

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- Learn how to develop effective listening skills so that you will be able to know what to note.

Learnline: How to navigate it
Learnline is where you access information on your units, download your assignments, submit assignments, view your grades, join online class discussions etc. You need to become familiar with it and learn how to use it. Join this workshop to learn the basics of how to navigate this online Learning Management System. 

How to use a computer/laptop effectively

This workshop will help you to get comfortable with using a computer. By the end of the session you will know how to: 

  • use the different functions on the keyboard  
  • use a USB 
  • create files 
  • save files 
  • drag and drop function
  • bookmark a page
  • take a screenshot or screen grab of your screen
  • create shortcuts

The essentials and basics will be covered so that you can confidently use a computer and the internet. This will help you to stay organised, gather and store information for your educational, work and personal life. 

Writing for university

What is Plagiarism? Why must you avoid it, how can you avoid it, and what skills are you developing when you do avoid it.

Plagiarism is:

  • copying and pasting parts of people's writing into your assignment without providing a reference and acknowledgement
  • writing other people's ideas into your assignment and allowing the reader to think that they are your ideas by not referencing or acknowledging the author
  • writing people's words in your assignment and not indicating who wrote them

Take part in this workshop to find out:

  • why plagiarism is not acceptable at university level and beyond
  • what CDU's stance is on plagiarism
  • what the consequences are
  • how can you avoid plagiarising.

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  • Academic integrity - Learn how to demonstrate academic integrity and to use academic resources in an ethical manner.
  • Plagiarism - Learn about what plagiarism is and some tips on how to avoid committing it.
  • Cultural differences - Learn about cultural differences in academic practice.

Word Document: The basics

All assignments need to be typed and correctly formatted for submission. The skills you learn in this workshop will be useful in your work and personal life.

Join this workshop if you would like to become confidant in the basics of Microsoft Word, such a, formatting essays and reports, margins, spacing, styles, fonts, bullet points, justification and so much more.

Word Document: Advanced

This workshop focuses on advanced Word document editing, including use of the referencing and citation tools, inserting and editing tables, images and footnotes, spacing, headers and footers, page numbers, dividing documents into two separate parts with separate formatting, using format painter and more.

How to manage your reading and notes

Learn how to identify the main points of a text and make appropriate notes. This helps you to better understand complex texts, and to be discriminating in what you read so you don't waste your valuable time.

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Credible sources: How to decide if your sources are credible

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Academic sentences

Students are required to write in an academic style. Writing in this way is different from the way you write your emails, letters, blogs and work documents. This may seem obvious, but a great number of students do have trouble writing academically. In this workshop we look at how to write academic sentences to express yourself clearly and appropriately for university. Not only is this skill useful for university life but also for your work and personal life.

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How to paraphrase, quote and summarise (avoid plagiarism)

These skills are essential for essay and report writing. In this workshop, you learn to use these skills as you express other people's ideas in your own words or in direct quotes. Learning these skills helps you avoid plagiarism.

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How to interpret and plan your assignments

The task or assignment that is given to you will contain a lot of valuable information. You need to be able to interpret that information and interpret it correctly to enable you to proceed to the next step of finding the appropriate information and planning how to write that assignment, making sure to fulfil all that is asked of you. Learn how to analyse the task, what type of information to look out for and how to plan your assignments based on that task analysis. Once you have mastered this, you can apply it to all your assignments.

This workshop offers strategies on how you go about understanding your assignments, what the key words are, how that translate into the information you need to find, how to decide what is relevant from all the information you end up with, and how to arrange that in an essay or report. In this workshop, we use an actual assignment task to interpret and plan.

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How to demonstrate critical analysis in your essays and reports

At university you are expected to demonstrate that you have critical analysed in your essays and reports.

Learn what it means to critically analyse something and how to apply it when reading and writing academic texts; differentiate between analytical and descriptive texts by identifying sentence structures and words; and include criticism and evaluations in your academic writing to show that you have thought about the topic critically.

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Annotated bibliography

What is it? What is required? What should be considered? What is its purpose? All this is explored based on an actual assignment which can be applied to any task that requires you to write an annotated bibliography. 

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Literature review

How to write an essay using correct structure and format

We all know that an essay has three parts: an introduction, body and conclusion. But did you also know that an introduction also has three parts and that each supporting / body paragraph has three parts?

In this workshop, you will learn how to develop a better understanding of how to structure an academic essay with an appropriate introduction, body and conclusion, identify the content of each of these sections, and practice using topic sentences, developing supporting sentences and linking ideas.

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Essays and reports: Introductions

Do you know that an introduction has three parts? In this workshop, you will learn how to develop a better understanding of what information and structure is required in an introduction, and what good introductions would look like. Bring along your own introductions and apply what you learn and get immediate feedback.

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Essays and reports: Body

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Essays and reports: Conclusions

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How to write a report using correct structure and format

A report is written to relay the hypotheses, process and outcomes of a research study. Learn how to format a research report for the social science units as there are accepted protocols for structure and order in a report.

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How to write a research proposal

Do you fully understand what a research proposal requires, and how to write one according to academic standards? Your research proposal is as important as your research. The aim of the research proposal is to convince your supervisor(s) that you have an interesting and feasible research project. At the same time, you need to demonstrate that you have the basic knowledge and skills to be able to complete the research. Every research proposal must include the purpose of the research and how you plan to do it. 

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How to edit and proofread your work (weekly session)

In order to write a good essay or report, you need to be able to write good organised paragraphs. This workshop concentrates on paragraph writing and how to organise your thoughts and information. You can then apply this skill to all your assignments and any type of writing task. You are encouraged to attend these workshops regularly so you can see the improvement in your writing skills.

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Avoid getting negative feedback on your work

What common mistakes do students make on their assignments? How can you avoid making them? What feedback do students often get back on their work? What do you do with that feedback? Join this workshop to find out the answer to these questions and your own questions about how to avoid common mistakes before submitting that assignment.  

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Writing clinic (weekly session)

In order to write a good essay or report, you need to be able to write good organised paragraphs. This workshop concentrates on paragraph writing and how to organise your thoughts and information. You can then apply this skill to all your assignments and any type of writing task. You are encouraged to attend these workshops regularly so you can see the improvement in your writing skills.

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Interactive Sample Essay Activity

Workshop videos

Grammar Clinic (weekly session)

If you would like to improve your grammar and sentence formation, this is the workshop for you. This will be an interactive look at grammar as a big group, in small groups and in pairs. You are encouraged to attend these workshops regularly so you can see the improvement in your grammar and writing skills.


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