Presentation on theme: "Introduction to studying at University"— Presentation transcript:
1Introduction to studying at University Study supportLanguage and learning advisersDeakin university
2Workshop overview How to manage your study Study support – Overview Study support servicesCourse expectationsTime managementAcademic requirements – OverviewReading academic textsAcademic writingReferencing
3For details on consultations and drop-in stations at your campus: Study skills serviceLanguage and Learning Advisers / Students Helping Students (SHS) drop-inGeneral study tips and strategiesUsing IT for studyWhere to get helpClubs and social activitiesTime managementUnderstanding assignment questionsReading and writing skillsEnglish language skillsReferencingFor details on consultations and drop-in stations at your campus:For more information on study skills services and resources watch an overview of the study skills service
7All students are automatically enrolled in Unistart Prepare for university studyPractise using CloudDeakin tools (discussion forum, Turnitin, submit an assignment)IT informationPrepare for a jobHow to use the Deakin Library
8[Add presentation title, presenter name here] CloudDeakinSelect ‘current-students’ from the Deakin homepageStudents can use a range of tools within CloudDeakin:Access units and courses including assessment items using tools such as discussions, quizzes and the ability to submit assignments onlineCurate and present their learning achievements (using the CloudDeakin Portfolio)View all readings in a contained list within the Resources toolEngage with Unit Chairs, Tutors and other students in virtual classrooms (using eLive)Listen to and watch recorded lectures from their desktop or via a tablet or mobile device (EchoSystem)Create and manage blogs (using Drupal) and wikis (using MediaWiki)Manage personal academic integrity (using Turnitin)Log in using your Deakin username and password[Add Presenter contact details here]
9Your expectationsWhat do you expect to learn from the unit(s) you are studying?What is a reasonable amount of time to spend on one unit?How much time will you devote to your studies?Do you intend to do Honours / Masters / PhD in the future?After you have been awarded your degree, what’s next?
10What concerns you the most? Do you feel like this? (Rank in order of importance: 1 = what you worry about the most)I can’t keep up with the reading!I don’t know who to ask!Not sure what to do and don’t know where to start…I have information overload!I don’t get the technology!I don’t understand the lectures!I don’t know how to write academically!
11Take control of your learning What things will you give up to spend time studying?What will you do if the course is quite challenging?How will you manage your work / family / study load?
12Time management and diary How many hours of study are expected per unit (subject) per week?15107Start from week 1Keep a ‘to do’ listBe specificGive time framesSchedule planning timeStart assignments early
13The unit guide Learning outcomes Unit chair, staff and contact details Weekly topicsMaterials for the unitUnit aimsAssessment tasks: dates and weightingReferencing style required (sometimes)
14Library services Research What is your unit? What is your assignment topic?What are you looking for?What don’t you need?Technology training for studyHave you seen the Getting Started library resource?
15Academic requirements Reading and writing at universityAcademic requirements – OverviewReading skillsReferencingAcademic writing
16Curating >> mind mapping >> sharing Students and LLAs talk about creating mind maps and using flip cards to revise
22Deakin guide to referencing Why reference?Deakin guide to referencingUp to date examples and sourcesPlagiarism and collusion quizSummarising and paraphrasingPDF or onlineTo support and strengthen your argumentTo show that you have readTo show what you have readTo enable the reader to locate the sources mentioned in your paperTo acknowledge your sources and avoid plagiarism
23Referencing styles Example In-text citations Reference list Author-date (Harvard)In-text citationsReference list
24Reference listauthor’s family name initial year article titleCincotta, K 2003, ‘Red, hot branding: riding the colour wave’, Professional Marketing, May/June, ppjournal title issue page numbers
25Assignment purpose Just a collection of facts about a topic? OR A balanced investigation of a topic?
26Assignment purpose Answers a specific question Presents a reasoned answerCritically evaluates texts to get answers
27Assignment tasks Where can you find out what the genre is? Are they structured in the same way?Essay – discussion, argument, responseLiterature review / Annotated bibliographyReflectionCommentaryResearch report / Business reportCase studyPresentationOther
28The writing process Writing Analyse question Read Take notes SummariseParaphraseQuoteReference sourcesOrganise structure
30Analyse the question ‘An essay is essentially a written argument.’ Discuss in terms of the implications for students and lecturers.
31Essay structure Support IntroductionGeneral statementSpecific topic/issueViewpoint on the topic/issuePlan of coverage – ideas A, B, CTopic sentence: idea AGives an explanation of an ideaProvides examples to illustrate the pointExpands the discussionUses a reference!Tidies up the paragraph with a summarising or concluding sentenceIdeas B and C in new separate paragraphsConclusionRe-statement or summary of main points and viewpoint on the topic/issueOptional: implications/future directionsSupportExamples usually taken from a variety of readings with references.
32Good luck with your studies! RememberGood luck with your studies!There is a lot of support available, so make the most of it…And remember: the earlier the better!