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1 Introduction to studying at University
Study support Language and learning advisers Deakin university

2 Workshop overview How to manage your study Study support – Overview
Study support services Course expectations Time management Academic requirements – Overview Reading academic texts Academic writing Referencing

3 For details on consultations and drop-in stations at your campus:
Study skills service Language and Learning Advisers / Students Helping Students (SHS) drop-in General study tips and strategies Using IT for study Where to get help Clubs and social activities Time management Understanding assignment questions Reading and writing skills English language skills Referencing For 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

4 Where to find us

5 Academic skills resources

6 Language and communication resources

7 All students are automatically enrolled in Unistart
Prepare for university study Practise using CloudDeakin tools (discussion forum, Turnitin, submit an assignment) IT information Prepare for a job How to use the Deakin Library

8 [Add presentation title, presenter name here]
CloudDeakin Select ‘current-students’ from the Deakin homepage Students 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 online Curate and present their learning achievements (using the CloudDeakin Portfolio) View all readings in a contained list within the Resources tool Engage 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]

9 Your expectations What 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?

10 What 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!

11 Take 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?

12 Time management and diary
How many hours of study are expected per unit (subject) per week? 15 10 7 Start from week 1 Keep a ‘to do’ list Be specific Give time frames Schedule planning time Start assignments early

13 The unit guide Learning outcomes Unit chair, staff and contact details
Weekly topics Materials for the unit Unit aims Assessment tasks: dates and weighting Referencing style required (sometimes)

14 Library services Research What is your unit?
What is your assignment topic? What are you looking for? What don’t you need? Technology training for study Have you seen the Getting Started library resource?

15 Academic requirements
Reading and writing at university Academic requirements – Overview Reading skills Referencing Academic writing

16 Curating >> mind mapping >> sharing
Students and LLAs talk about creating mind maps and using flip cards to revise

17 Mapping assignments

18 Reading an academic text
Knowing how texts are organised Knowing what and how to read Reading different texts for different purposes and in different ways Knowing what not to read

19 Reading an academic text
Read broadly Use reputable writers State your position Draw comparisons Develop themes Read critically Do I agree with this?

20 Planning to read Plan Read Reference Paraphrase Summarise Connect

21 Note taking template Active Reading = Effective Reading = Quality over Quantity

22 Deakin guide to referencing
Why reference? Deakin guide to referencing Up to date examples and sources Plagiarism and collusion quiz Summarising and paraphrasing PDF or online To support and strengthen your argument To show that you have read To show what you have read To enable the reader to locate the sources mentioned in your paper To acknowledge your sources and avoid plagiarism

23 Referencing styles Example In-text citations Reference list
Author-date (Harvard) In-text citations Reference list

24 Reference list author’s family name initial year article title Cincotta, K 2003, ‘Red, hot branding: riding the colour wave’, Professional Marketing, May/June, pp journal title issue page numbers

25 Assignment purpose Just a collection of facts about a topic? OR
A balanced investigation of a topic?

26 Assignment purpose Answers a specific question
Presents a reasoned answer Critically evaluates texts to get answers

27 Assignment tasks Where can you find out what the genre is?
Are they structured in the same way? Essay – discussion, argument, response Literature review / Annotated bibliography Reflection Commentary Research report / Business report Case study Presentation Other

28 The writing process Writing Analyse question Read Take notes
Summarise Paraphrase Quote Reference sources Organise structure

29 Analyse the question

30 Analyse the question ‘An essay is essentially a written argument.’
Discuss in terms of the implications for students and lecturers.

31 Essay structure Support
Introduction General statement Specific topic/issue Viewpoint on the topic/issue Plan of coverage – ideas A, B, C Topic sentence: idea A Gives an explanation of an idea Provides examples to illustrate the point Expands the discussion Uses a reference! Tidies up the paragraph with a summarising or concluding sentence Ideas B and C in new separate paragraphs Conclusion Re-statement or summary of main points and viewpoint on the topic/issue Optional: implications/future directions Support Examples usually taken from a variety of readings with references.

32 Good luck with your studies!
Remember Good luck with your studies! There is a lot of support available, so make the most of it… And remember: the earlier the better! 

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