AESC - Academic Skills workshops

The Academic Support Office (ASO) within the Academic Enabling and Support Centre (AESC) provides free academic study skills workshops as a service to all students from the University of Notre Dame. These workshops aim to develop and enhance student academic performance in tertiary education. The workshops are presented by ASO staff and University staff and no registration is required.

To assist with development of your academic skills please access our online academic and study skills resource, the Learning Skills Guides.

Workshop Timetables S2 2017


Workshop titles vary according to semester.

Academic Study Skills Workshops (presented by the ASO staff)

Academic Writing: This workshop will assist you in the development of your academic writing skills in a tertiary setting. You will learn such elements of academic writing as understanding an essay question, text structure and organisation, and academic language expectations.

Essay Skills: This workshop will teach you how to plan, research and write your essays. You will learn how to construct an introduction, body and conclusion, understand what is required in an academic essay, and build your confidence as an academic writer. There are several specific types of essay skills workshops including ‘Developing an Argument’ and ‘Critical Thinking’.

Essential Skills for University (Orientation workshop): You will learn about topics such as getting organised, effective note-taking, the importance of key university dates, transferring skills and other tips to ensure a smooth and stress-free transition to higher education.

Exam Preparation: Attend this workshop for simple revision tips and techniques to help you succeed in examinations. You will learn strategies to help you remember and retrieve information.

Improve Your Memory: The ability to quickly recall information is a valuable study skill. In this workshop you will acquire different techniques for information retention and recall for individual learning styles.

Note Taking and Reading Method (SQ3R): In this workshop you will be given strategies and tips to improve your note taking for lectures and research. Students will also be taught the SQ3R reading method which provides concrete steps for interacting with information that results in high levels of comprehension. Knowing how to read and take notes effectively will save time and improve study processes.

Mathematics Workshops: These workshops provide an opportunity for students studying Mathematics units to review and clarify mathematical concepts. You will be given the opportunity to practise mathematical formulas and techniques.

Presentation Skills: Presentations are a great way to demonstrate your understanding of a topic in your own distinctive style. Discover techniques and strategies to increase your confidence and deliver information in an engaging and effective way.

Referencing Skills (mechanics): Learn how to avoid plagiarism and develop accurate referencing skills. These workshops target the APA referencing style and/or Chicago Footnotes referencing style.

Referencing Skills (paraphrasing, summarising and quoting): Learn more about the techniques of paraphrasing, summarising and using direct quotes to effectively develop arguments and improve your essay writing.

Time Management: Planning and organisation are the keys to success at university. This workshop will help you prioritise tasks and break down assignments into manageable steps.

Research Skills

Orientation and library basics: Learn about the essential practical aspects of the Library to work smarter, not harder. This workshop will show you how to navigate the Library website, book a study room, borrow and print, and locate Subject and Referencing guides.

Finding information for assessment tasks: Using examples from different disciplines, you will discover how to analyse an assignment question, identify the key terms, and improve and expand your search strategy to find the best information and sources.

Searching and evaluating information: Discover how to critically evaluate sources, including websites, to ensure you use only credible and relevant information for your assessment tasks. You will also learn the difference between primary, secondary and tertiary sources, and be given an introduction to referencing.

Careers Support (presented by Student Services)

Graduate Programs: In this workshop students will discover what graduate programs are, where to look for them, and how to successfully apply.

Job Applications: Whether you are thinking of getting a part time job while you are studying or planning to find full time work after graduating, it's essential to understand the job application process. This workshop will introduce students to job searching techniques. You will learn how to write an effective resume, cover letter and address selection criteria.

Interview Techniques: This workshop follows the Job Applications workshop. You will learn about job interview techniques to increase confidence and impress employers.

Stress Management (presented by Counselling)

Achieving a work-study balance: You will learn strategies to overcome challenges associated with working while studying.

Mindfulness: Mindfulness is about living in the moment, rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Mindfulness can boost emotional and physical wellbeing and also combat stress, anxiety and depression.

IMPORTANT NOTE: These workshop topics are subject to change, so please ensure you regularly check your Notre Dame email for confirmation of workshop details. There is no need to book and workshops are a free service offered by the ASO to encourage the success of all students at the University of Notre Dame. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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