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

4 Where to find us

5 Academic skills resources

6 Language and communication resources

7 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 All students are automatically enrolled in Unistart

8 CloudDeakin 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)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)eLive Listen to and watch recorded lectures from their desktop or via a tablet or mobile device (EchoSystem)EchoSystem Create and manage blogs (using Drupal) and wikis (using MediaWiki)DrupalMediaWiki Manage personal academic integrity (using Turnitin)Turnitin Select ‘current- students’ from the Deakin homepage Log in using your Deakin username and password

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? A.15 B.10 C.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?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 http :// padlet.com/ Students and LLAs talk about creating mind maps and using flip cards to revisecreating 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 Why reference? 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 Deakin guide to referencing Up to date examples and sources Plagiarism and collusion quiz Summarising and paraphrasing PDF or online Deakin guide to referencing Up to date examples and sources Plagiarism and collusion quiz Summarising and paraphrasing PDF or online

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

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

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

29 Analyse the question

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

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


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