Face-to-face appointments

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, all face-to-face appointments will transition to phone and Skype appointments until further advice is given.

Want to talk to a LAS Adviser? Book an appointment as normal. 

From advice on assignments, writing essays and reports writing, presentation tips and exam strategies, to improving your maths, stats and digital literacy skills, we can help you achieve your academic goals.

A student perspective (LAS)
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Help with assignment writing, referencing and exam preparation

Transitioning from secondary education to a tertiary level can be a big step up. Whether your pathway to studying with us is directly from school or if you’re returning to study after taking a break (or simply wanting to boost your marks) we offer free advice and workshops to help you gain the skills you need to succeed! 

Visit the LAS centre to:

  • improve essays, reports, critical analyses, thesis writing, case studies, journals, and  blogs, critical analyses and reports
  • understand and analyse assignment topics and questions
  • recognise and respond to task requirements, assessment criteria and rubrics 
  • develop critical analysis and academic argument skills
  • find, select and read relevant resources
  • develop note-taking skills
  • improve your referencing skills
  • speak well and deliver strong presentations.
Need to speak with a Learning and Academic Skills adviser?

Give your grades a boost and book an appointment or drop in for advice without booking.  Find our location for a drop in consultation. Want to go as a group? Individual and small group bookings are also available. 

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Study skills workshops and short courses

Enrol in one of our free workshops and short courses to improve your learning and academic skills required for studying at uni as well as in the workplace. Workshops and short courses include:

  • Workplace communication skills
  • Lantite preparation workshops
  • Grammar review online program
  • Study Smarter workshops
  • Negotiation skills at uni and at work
  • Effective editing strategies
  • Physics preparation program
  • Strategies for Success
  • Effective public speaking program
  • Cultural life in Australia seminar

LANTITE Preparation Short Program is designed to help students studying within the Department of Education to prepare to sit the LANTITE Test.

For more information contact: Dr Stephen Price, LAS Advisor:  Swprice@swinburne.edu.au or Dr Elena Sinchenko: esinchenko@swinburne.edu.au

This free, one-day program will give you practical skills that enable you to effectively communicate and interact with your colleagues, management and external clients.

You'll could also expand your network and make new friends.

Upcoming programs will take place on: 
  •  2 June Room AGSE 109, Hawthorn campus
  • 30 July Room AGSE 109, Hawthorn campus 
  • 17 September AGSE 108, Hawthorn campus

Dowload the brochure.

For more information contact: mkeating@swinburne.edu.au

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The Learning and Academic Skills Centre’s Grammar Review Online Program is a free, online program that provides grammar review activities for intermediate to upper-intermediate students from a non-English speaking background.

This program focuses on four areas; verbs, determiners, prepositions and sentences. This is an excellent opportunity for students to improve their grammar and enhance their general and academic English oral and written skills.

Enrolments for this program are accepted all year.

Study Smarter Workshops

From the 23rd March, Study smarter’ workshops will be accessed via Zoom. A LAS Advisor will send the workshop link to students who attended previous sessions. If you have not attended previously, but wish to join, email at least 24 hours in advance: lashawthorn@swinburne.edu.au stating your name, student ID and the day/time of the workshop you wish to participate in. You will be sent the Zoom link for workshop.

You'll also receive a Participation Award for attending four or more workshops.

Download the brochure. 

Effective Editing and Proofreading Strategies

The Learning and Academic Skills Centre’s Effective Editing and Proofreading Strategies program is a free, one-day program, aimed at providing students with effective skills in editing academic assignments (content, structure and layout). It is also focuses on/aims to equip students them with effective proofreading strategies (grammar, vocabulary and punctuation) for more professionally written work.

There will be two programs conducted. One for intermediate/upper-intermediate English language speakers and the other for advanced speakers. 

Intermediate/upper-intermediate program: Tuesday 15 September, 10.30am – 3.30pm, BA307 (BYO lunch)

Advanced level program: Wednesday 16 September, 10.30am – 3.30pm, BA307 (BYO lunch)

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Strategies for Success is a series of special multi-day workshops offered as part of orientation each semester. These workshops cover transitioning to University, what to expect at university, strategies that will help you to succeed in your academic studies and the support services available. Strategies for Success can help improve your results, boost your confidence and is a great way to meet new people.

Local student program (free intensive 3-day short course ): dates coming soon

International student program (free intensive 1-day short cours): dates coming soon

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This half day workshop looks at what negotiation is, what skilled negotiators do, negotiation styles, how negotiation practices differ from country to country, and each students’ experience with negotiation.

Students will practise negotiation and give/receive feedback. 

For more information contact: Antje Herrmann, a LAS Advisor, aherrmann@swinburne.edu.au

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This is a free one-day program which covers financial calculations for study, work and life.

For more information contact: Dr Elena Sinchenko esinchenko@swinburne.edu.au

Need help with exam preparation?

Download our handy tips for preparing for an exam including tips for short answer exams, case studies and scenario questions.

Prepare for exams (PDF 220KB)
Assignment writing guides and samples

If you're looking for useful guides for assignment writing and language skills check out our study skills resources.

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Chat and learn with LAS

Share your experiences, make friends and stay connected with other students and the university. Also, learn some useful study tips including how to study online. A free one hour a week, four-week online program.

Join in online and you can: 

  • chat about current issues
  • chat and converse in English
  • connect with other students
  • learn study tips, including how to study online
  • share your experiences.

Each session includes free-flowing conversation on current matters and a dedicated time slot for teaching students how to study online, tips on time management, accessing CANVAS, and help with approaching assignments.

To register: swi.nu/chatandlearn

How it works: The program runs 12.30pm – 1.30pm on the same week day for four consecutive weeks. Dates for May are as follows:
Mondays: 4, 11, 18, 25
Tuesdays: 5, 12, 19, 26
Wednesdays: 6,13, 20, 27
Thursdays: 7, 14, 21, 28
Fridays: 8, 15, 22, 29 

Develop your English language skills (service currently suspended)

If you’re an international student or a student from a non-English speaking background, we can help you with the following workshops and short courses:

  • speaking and listening – improve pronunciation for better communication
  • writing skills – learn to plan and structure essays
  • grammar – learn correct use of English grammar
  • reading – manage texts and recommended reading materials
  • vocabulary – increase your word knowledge, understand Australian slang.

Learn more about our courses to improve your English or simply book an appointment and begin your journey to reaching your academic goals. 

An international student perspective (LAS)
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In addition to any other language study you may be doing, you can practise your English conversation skills with our lunchtime conversation group.

Join in and:

  • learn about Australian culture and customs
  • improve your vocabulary, pronunciation
  • practise your listening and speaking skills
  • understand Australian slang and everyday expressions
  • make new friends.
Hawthorn campus

Conversation practice runs daily and there is no need to book.

  • Location: the George Building (GS), Level 1 (ground floor)
  • Time: 12.30pm–1.30pm, Monday to Friday
Wantirna campus

Sessions run occasionally at Wantirna campus.
Email Louise Hickey for information: lhickey@swinburne.edu.au

Maths, stats, physics and chemistry help

The LAS Centre can help improve your knowledge and understanding of maths and physics, stats, basic chemistry and digital literacy and computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. LAS also helps vocational education, UniLink, Faculty of Business and Law and Faculty of Health, Arts and Design students. 

If you are a student from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology (FSET), you can access academic assistance via the Mathematics and Statistics Help (MASH) Centre.

Book an appointment with a LAS Adviser

Maths drop-in at Hawthorn campus temporarily suspended

The LAS Centre offers regular drop-in sessions to help you: 

  • understand complex maths problems and identify the steps to solve them
  • interpret your maths and science assignment questions
  • read and understand written maths problems
  • get more from your lectures and tutorials
  • catch up with prerequisite content
  • develop your maths, stats, physics and chemistry (including concepts and terminology).

Where: TD building, Level 3, Room TD346
When: 12.00pm–2.00pm, Monday to Wednesday (during semester; no appointment needed)

Please note: Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation these sessions have been suspended until further notice.

Self-assess your academic skills

The Swinburne Academic Literacy Needs Assessment (SALNA) is an online quiz for undergraduate and UniLink students at Swinburne. It helps you to find out where your strengths are, and which academic literacy skills you could work on developing.

It’s designed to ease your transition into tertiary education by introducing you to key aspects of university study and writing, such as:

  • interpreting assignments
  • developing arguments
  • structuring your work
  • referencing your work.

Note: SALNA is a 15- to 20-minute self-assessment tool. Only you will see the results. Your tutors and lecturers cannot see your scores. At the end of the quiz, you will get feedback on your academic and language skills.

You will also receive a list of helpful resources that you can use to build particular skills.

Looking for extra study support?

We have Academic Development Advisers that work in each of our faculties. They can help you make the most of your university experience and assist with any issues you may face during your studies.

Contact us