Academic Skills Workshops

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

Presented by Nina Ginsberg, there are 4 workshops in the series: The Postgrad Critical Thinking Toolbox, Successful Academic Writing & Style for International Students, Structure, Coherence & Cohesion, 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.

Details of the workshops are as follows:

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.

Get your 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.

The workshops run as a series over 4 weeks, one workshop a week, the first series for 2018 beginning in teaching week 7 of trimester 1.   The workshops will be held at both Nathan and Southbank QCA campuses. starting Tuesday 24 April at Nathan campus and and Friday 27 April at Southbank. They will run through to teaching week 10, with days, times, and venues of the Nathan series varying each week. The schedule with dates, times and workshop topics to be announced in trimester 2.

You must register for the workshops beforehand. You don’t have  to register for all of them but only the ones you’re interested 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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Other Services

Ongoing GUPSA  services:

  • Information sharing, online and through Facebook, newsletters and official association communications
  • Professional development with seminars and workshops
  • Printing credit to coursework postgrads
  • Representation of postgrad interests to the university and government
  • Social functions

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