Academic Skills Workshops

UPDATE: TO BE DELIVERED ONLINE VIA COLLABORATE ULTRA – All students who have registered for these sessions will be emailed a link to join the wonderful Nina Ginsberg and hopefully still benefit regardless of current events.

Want to improve your academic skills? GUPSA provides a FREE series of 2 hour ACA/HACKA  Academic Skills workshops for you.

Presented by Nina Ginsberg, there are 5 workshops in the series: The Postgrad Critical Thinking Toolbox, Successful Academic Writing & Style for International Students, Structure, Coherence & Cohesion, Extend Your Academic Vocabulary, and Get your Journal Article Published . Each workshop in the series is  stand alone so you can do all or one or in between as appropriate for you.  The workshops are open to both coursework and HDR students although the Journal Article workshop is probably more relevant to HDRs and other students with a substantial research component to their degree. The second workshop is also more suitable for international students and students for whom English is a second language.

The Postgrad Critical Thinking Toolbox

Be that student in class who always has something interesting to say! This interactive session will show you how to initiate confident discussions and contribute intelligent and challenging ideas, evaluations and explorations of key themes in your course – in ways that are surprisingly easy to do. This session provides powerful strategies to increase critical thinking and will help you generate ideas and thoughtful responses in tutorials, discussions and debates. These techniques also help when preparing presentations and other assessments.

Successful academic writing & style for International Students 

This workshop covers essential academic writing skills that will help distinguish between main and supporting ideas, improves structure and resolves cohesion issues. Techniques covered are the 4 types of sentences, TEEEL paragraph structure, superordination and 6 cohesion skills for clear expression. Focus: Postgrad International Students.

Structure, coherence & cohesion

This workshop covers the most important academic writing techniques to increase clear, logical connections between ideas such as theme & theme, paragraph unity, enumeration, parallelism
and transitions.

Extend your Academic Vocabulary
Postgrads are expected to be able to write with higher precision and specific academic expression. Building the range and accuracy of your academic vocabulary is fundamental to being a successful academic writer. This session will cover how to increase your academic vocab, how to use new academic words, how to build your own academic/professional glossary and other useful resources that will help your word choices to be more precise, academic and expert. All Postgrads. 2 hrs

Get that journal article published

This workshop covers tips and advice on preparing an article for publication. Regardless of discipline or content, this workshop will provide key strategies to strategically prepare papers to improve chances of publication and includes secret tips on how to upgrade papers for publication.

Register for one or all of the workshops via your student email in either the Nathan series (for Nathan, Logan, Mt Gravatt postgrads) or the Southbank series (for postgrads at the Southbank campuses – QCA, QCGU, Film School, etc).

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