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Writing Centre Seminar
Writing Centre Seminar
Returning to study for
non-school leavers
Rosie Gronthos
Welcome
Congratulations on joining the University of Adelaide study
body!
You’ve achieved a lot to get here.
I hope this talk will introduce you to useful resources and
strategies that develop your research and study skills.
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Outline
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IT Workshops
Writing and Study Skills Seminars
Lecture, seminar, tutorial & practical
How to prepare?
Useful Learning Guides
How to avoid plagiarism?
Referencing Style Guides
PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions)
Counselling & Disability Service
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IT Workshops
MYUni Workshops
for students by students
Monday to Friday
11.10am-11.30am-Workshop
11.30am-2pm_Drop-in Centre
Hub Central (Level 3) Training Room
MyUni Ambassadors 0427 338 703
[email protected]
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Workshop Topics
wk1
wk2
wk3
wk4
wk5
Let’s Get familiar! YourA-Z of using MyUni
What next? Important tips and tricks
Let’s Talk! Using wikis, blogs & journals
Crunch Time! Submitting your work online
Getting Results!
Viewing your results and feedback
wk6 SOS! Your MyUni questions answered
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Writing and Study Skills Seminars
Semester 1 Teaching Weeks
Tuesdays 2pm-3pm
Engineering South RM S111
Offered by the Writing Centre and Faculty of
Arts Study Skills Support
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Wk 1: 3 Mar
Wk 2: 10 Mar
Wk 3: 17 Mar
Wk 4: 24 Mar
Wk 5: 31 Mar
Wk 6: 7 Apr
Wk 7: 28 Apr
Wk 8: 5 May
Wk 9: 12 May
Wk 10: 19 May
Wk 11: 26 May
Wk 12: 2 Jun
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How to get the most out of your courses
How to take great notes
How to decode your assignment
instructions
How to research & reference your
assignments
How to write a great argument essay
How to avoid death by plagiarism
How to deal with group work
How to make the most out of feedback
How to be a confident public speaker
How to become your own best editor
How to study for exams
How to do a great exam
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Lecture, seminar ,tutorial & practical
Lecture: larger - varying interaction
Seminar: smaller - more interaction.
Students may take it in turns to
present
Tutorial: small, with more interaction and
discussion
Practical: hands on demonstration of
knowledge in the lab. Could be a
computer lab.
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Note taking in lectures
Prepare by doing the readings and
tasks asked of you.
• Don’t try to write everything down
• Don’t simply copy the PowerPoint slides
• Do listen before you start to write
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Useful tips
If the lecturer is too fast
• Write down questions to find out/ask later
• Try to follow the structure of the task
• Prepare before the lecture
• Talk to other students about the course
• Check the course guide to help answer
questions
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After the lecture
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Read
Highlight
Summarise
Discuss
Look for possible exam questions
Revise before the next lecture
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Preparing for tutorials and practicals
Tutorials
• Do the readings/questions beforehand
• Ask questions
• Sit near the front
• Join in group discussions
Practical
• Do the assigned readings/questions beforehand
• Ask lots of questions to the demonstrator and
your peers
• Stay focused on the task
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Useful Learning Guides
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Learning at University
Reading Effectively
Making Notes
Practical Study Habits
Managing Your Time
Editing Your Own Work
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Plagiarism
Plagiarism: the act of presenting another’s
work or ideas as your own.
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How to avoid plagiarism?
• Take notes effectively so that the author and
source is always linked
• Know the difference between your own
summaries of sources and direct quotes
• Create sets of notes in categories
• Weave together two, three, four others’ views on
one topic to support an argument
• Search texts to find and extract short statements
or ideas to support your argument and
acknowledge these
(Chanock, 2003)
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Tips to avoid plagiarism
Avoid stringing together quotes and paraphrases.
Express your ideas in your own, simple language.
Turnitin: resource for checking students have
acknowledged sources.
Avoiding Plagiarism: Achieving academic
writing (online learning module)
http://www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre/articulate/avoidingPlagiarism/player.html
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Referencing Style Guides
Check with your department to find out exactly
which referencing system they prefer.
Harvard Style: Commerce; Mathematics;
Nursing; Philosophy; English; Psychiatry; Science;
Architecture; Engineering; Gender Studies.
APA Style: Applied Linguistics; Psychology.
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Referencing Style Guides
Vancouver Style: Nursing; School of Population
Health and Clinical Practice; Medicine; Food Science.
Footnote Style: Commerce management reports;
Politics; History; Civil, Environmental and Mining
Engineering; Classics; Computer Science; Education.
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Useful Learning Guides to avoid
plagiarism
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Quick Guide to Referencing
Avoiding Plagiarism
Objective Language
Source Credibility
To Paraphrase or to Quote?
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PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions)
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Weekly 50 minute group work sessions
Facilitated by students
No need to enrol or register
Find the class time that suits you
Session times and venues may be subject to
change, check MyUni notices.
Commence in Week 2 except Business Economics
Statistics and Monday classes which all commence
in Week 3.
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Counselling & Disability Service
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Appointments
• 9am to 4pm weekdays
• 50 minute appointments
Drop-in service
• 1pm to 4pm weekdays
• 20-minute appointments
Phone appointments
• ring to organise a pre-booked phone appointment, or
• phone during Drop-in hours (1pm-4pm)
Ground Floor, Horace Lamb Building. (8313 5663)
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Maths Learning Centre
Drop-in service
• 10am to 4pm weekdays
• Sit down and one of the staff will come to you
• Any mathematical component in any course
• Level 3 Hub Central
Web resources
• Worksheets to revise assumed knowledge
• Recordings of revision lectures for particular courses
• www.adelaide.edu.au/mathslearning/
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For further thought
Thank you. Any further questions?
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Writing Centre Details
WEB:
FACEBOOK:
EMAIL:
PHONE:
VISIT:
www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre
www.facebook.com/WritingCentreUofA
[email protected]
8313 3021
Level 3 Hub Central, 10am-4pm Mon-Fri

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