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HELPS is running a number of free daily workshops. Workshop topic are in the subject areas:

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Who can attend?

These workshops are open to all UTS undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students.

You will need to register for these workshops as places are limited.
Reserve your place using the HELPS booking system: https://helps-booking.uts.edu.au

When you register to attend, please remember:

  • If you wish your cancel your registration, please do so 24 hours before the scheduled session.
  • Please know that failing to turn up for your registered workshops are not fair to those on the waiting lists. Repeat offenders (2 no-show) may be barred from registering for workshops.

Upcoming events

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Workshops in Spring 2013

Study + Reading Skills

Reading and note-making
Fri 16 Aug 10:00 – 11:30 CB03.05.29
Target group: all students
What it covers: “I have so much to read and so little time. How do I know which is more important?” This workshop introduces you to the reading and note-making strategies that will, hopefully, help you to read more selectively and critically, and make notes to prepare for an assignment and/or exam revision.

Exam preparation
Thu 5 Sep 12:00 – 13:30 CB03.05.29
Repeat: Tue 29 Oct 17:00 – 18:30 CB03.05.29
Target group: all students
What it covers: “How do I prepare for my exams? What kinds of questions will be asked? What is the best approach to answer them?” This workshop focuses on practical approaches to revise and prepare for your exams, the types of exam questions and how to plan strategically so that you can tackle an exam more confidently.


Writing Skills

Writing in academic style
Tue 6 Aug 17:00 – 18:30 CB03.05.29
Repeats: Thu 15 Aug 12:00 – 13:30 CB03.05.29
Target group: all students
What it covers: “How do I make my writing sound more academic?” This workshop focuses on the common characteristics of academic writing across all disciplines, e.g. how to sound more formal; how to express your opinion and attitude, and be impersonal at the same time; and how to be more concise.

Analysing an assignment question
Wed 7 Aug 11:00 – 12:30 CB03.05.29
Repeat: Tue 13 Aug 17:00 – 18:30 CB03.05.29
Target group: all students
What it covers: “What does it mean by ‘analyse’, or ‘discuss’, or ‘critically examine’? I don’t understand the assignment question, and what is required of me.” This workshop helps you to identify the key words and break down an assignment question so you can address each component adequately and comprehensively.

Critical thinking and writing
Thu 8 Aug 12:00 – 13:30 CB03.05.29
Repeat: Tue 27 Aug 17:00 – 18:30 CB03.05.29
Target group: all students
What it covers: “My tutor says I’m not critical enough in my writing. What does that mean? How can I be more critical?” This workshop focuses on what it means to be critical, what is a piece of critical writing, and how to present your critical opinions, attitudes and arguments in your assignments.

Planning and researching for an assignment
Fri 9 Aug 10:00 – 11:30 CB03.05.29
Repeat: Tue 20 Aug 17:00 – 18:30 CB03.05.29
Target group: all students
What it covers: “I have an assignment due soon, but I don’t know where and how to begin.” “I have found all these materials, but I don’t know which are good and which are not.” This workshop focuses on (1) the importance of planning for an assignment before you embark on writing the first draft; and (2) how to determine if the materials are suitable for the assignment – their academic value, validity, reliability and currency.

Writing an essay
Wed 14 Aug 11:00 – 12:30 CB03.05.29
Repeat: Fri 23 Aug 10:00 – 11:30 CB03.05.29
Target group: all students
What it covers: “This is my first essay at uni, and I’m not sure if I have done it right. How should I structure my essay?” This workshop covers the characteristics of analytical and critical essays (as opposed to descriptive essays) across all disciplines, including how to incorporate evidence to substantiate your arguments.

Writing a report
Wed 21 Aug 11:00 – 12:30 CB03.05.29
Repeat: Tue 8 Oct 17:00 – 18:30 CB03.05.29
Target group: all students
What it covers: “This is my first report, and I have absolutely no idea how to organise and structure it. What’s the difference between ‘executive summary’ and ‘introduction’?” This workshop introduces students to the different types of reports, a generic report structure, what each component should consist of, and how best to present a report.

Writing a literature review
Thu 22 Aug 12:00 – 13:30 CB03.05.29
Repeat: Wed 28 Aug 11:00 – 12:30 CB03.05.29
Target group: all students
What it covers: “My next assignment is a literature review, but I don’t know what to include and how to structure it.” This workshop provides information on what a literature review is; what it means to review the literature; how to review the literature; and how to structure a literature review.

Writing good paragraphs
Thu 29 Aug 12:00 – 13:30 CB03.05.29
Repeat: Tue 15 Oct 17:00 – 18:30 CB03.05.29
Target group: all students
What it covers: “My lecturer says my sentences don’t make sense.” “Is a one-sentence paragraph okay? Some of my paragraphs are like more than one page. Is that okay?” The workshop focuses on the make-up of a sentence and a paragraph, and how to ensure your ideas flow between sentences and paragraphs, and throughout your writing.

Paraphrasing and summarising
Fri 30 Aug 10:00 – 11:30 CB03.05.29
Repeat: Wed 4 Sep 11:00 – 12:30 CB03.05.29
Target group: all students
What it covers: “I always end up copying chunks of text from my readings when I do my assignment as I don’t know how to rewrite them in my own words.” This workshop provides practical information on how to paraphrase and/or summarise what you have read so that your writing reads like your own. Students will have a chance to do some paraphrasing activities in groups if time permits.

Editing and proofreading your writing
Fri 6 Sep 10:00 – 11:30 CB03.05.29
Repeat: Tue 22 Oct 17:00 – 18:30 CB03.05.29
Target group: all students
What it covers: “I’ve finished my assignment, but how do I check it to make sure that I’ve got everything right before I submit it?” This workshop focuses on how to edit your writing for content, and proofread for grammatical accuracy. A checklist will be provided to help you focus on what to look out for when editing and proofreading your writing.

Grammar review (4 sessions) CB03.05.29
Session 1: Parts of Speech & Subject-Verb Agreement, Thu 10 Oct 12:00 – 13:30
Session 2: Verb Tenses & Reporting Verbs, Thu 17 Oct 12:00 – 13:30
Session 3: Articles, Prepositions & Punctuation, Thu 24 Oct 12:00 – 13:30
Session 4: Common Grammar Errors, Thu 31 Oct 12:00 – 13:30Target group: all students
What it covers: “I need help with English grammar. I tend to make many grammatical mistakes in my writing.” These grammar review workshops cover the most common grammatical errors made by students. Students will have opportunities to discuss and practise these grammar items and activities in small groups. You can choose to attend one of the four, or all four workshops.


Presentation + Speaking Skills

Giving a successful presentation
Tue 3 Sep 17:00 – 18:30 CB03.05.29
Target group: all students
What it covers: “I have to do an in-class presentation. How do I prepare for it? What can I do to ensure that my presentation is structured clearly?” The workshop aims to help you plan, organise and structure your oral presentation, and how to use visual aids effectively. Practical information will be provided to help you calm your nerves, and enhance your clarity in speech.

Pronunciation (4 sessions)
Session 1: English Sounds, Wed 9 Oct 11:00 – 12:30 CB03.05.29
Session 2: Word Stress, Wed 16 Oct 11:00 – 12:30 CB03.05.29
Session 3: Sentence Stress & Intonation, Wed 23 Oct 11:00 – 12:30 CB03.05.29
Session 4: Pausing & Chunking, & Connected speech, Wed 30 Oct 11:00 – 12:30 CB02.07.005
Target group: non-English speaking background students
What it covers: “My tutor and classmates find it hard to understand what I’m saying. How can I speak more clearly?” These workshops aim to help improve your clarity in speech. The focus will be on English sounds, word stress and sentence stress, intonation, pausing and chunking, and connected speech. Students may be able to receive individual feedback if time permits. You can choose to attend one of the four, or all four workshops.

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