Workshops, programs and online resources


Pre-session workshops

Academic literacy workshops

Academic literacy workshops are short workshops (two-four hours, two-day, four-day or online) that run before and during session. The workshops will give an introduction to what's expected of you at university and develop essential literacy skills such as essay writing, critical analysis, referencing, note taking and assignment preparation.

For more information go to the Academic literacy workshops page.

Maths Start workshops

The Maths Start workshops have concluded for 2017. All workshop materials are available through the Maths Start vUWS site if you would like to revise your basic skills in Algebra, Statistics, Trigonometry or Calculus. If you don't have the Maths Start Workshops site in your My vUWS Sites, please contact MESH for access.

For more information go to the MESH events, workshops and programs page.

Returning to Learning workshop

The Returning to Learning workshop is perfect for mature age students who have had a break from education or are coming through a pathway program. You'll explore issues relevant to your success as a mature age student. You will learn to:

  • manage your responsibilities as a student
  • understand the university environment
  • enhance your time management
  • develop your support networks

During and after the workshop, you'll receive a complimentary morning tea and lunch.

Students attending this workshop are encouraged to attend the Introduction to E-learning workshop, run on the same day.

Workshop dates
Parramatta- Wednesday 12 July

To register please visit the Online Workshop Registration System.

Introduction to eLearning workshop

The Introduction to E-learning workshop is designed for mature age students who are returning to learning after a break from education or are coming through a pathway program. You will learn about:

  • MyWestern
  • student email
  • vUWS
  • library and how to access online resources
  • navigating the University's website
  • where to go for IT support.

To attend this workshop, students must:

  • have a basic level of computer skills
  • have activated their WesternAccount and have student ID and password to access the University's systems.

Before the workshop, you'll receive a complimentary lunch.

Returning to LearningStudents attending this workshop are encouraged to attend the workshop, run on the same day.

Workshop dates
Parramatta- Wednesday 12 July

To register please visit the Online Workshop Registration System.

During session workshops

Academic literacy and grammar workshops

Academic literacy workshops are short workshops (two-four hours, two-day, four-day or online) that run before and during session. The workshops will give an introduction to what's expected of you at university and develop essential literacy skills such as essay writing, critical analysis, referencing, note taking and assignment preparation. Grammar workshops focus on improving the accuracy of your sentences.

For more information go to the Academic literacy workshops page.

MESH - maths and statistics help

The Mathematics Education Support Hub (MESH) offers learning support services in maths and stats, from short bridging programs and workshops to online resources. For a full list of services go to MESH's Events, Workshops and Programs page.
  • Look out for the MESH Library Roving service which provides walk-up, appointment free help across all first-level maths and statistics units at each of the major campus libraries.
  • MESH's online tutoring service, 'I Don't Get It', and online foundational maths and stats learning resources, Improve Your Maths, are available throughout all teaching periods. To access 'I Don't Get It' look in the Improve Your Maths vUWS site. If you cannot access the resources, please email MESH.
  • Stay tuned for MESH's unit-specific workshops coming up in the Autumn session. These workshops target specific first (and some second) level units that involve quantitative content - examples of the extensive number of units targeted are Statistics for Business, Quantitative Thinking, Biomechanics and Mathematics for Engineers Preliminary.

Life skills workshops

  • Motivation and Planning
  • Do Presentations and Stress Less
  • Thinking of Dropping Out?
  • Manage Exam Worry – Be Your Best
  • Strategies for Success in Exams and Preparation
  • Maximise your Memory
  • Group Work
  • Public Speaking
  • Perfectionism

If you think stress is controlling you rather than you controlling stress, then these workshops are for you. Or, if you just want to brush up on your time management skills. Feel in control of your studies and your life and acquire professional skills that are essential in any workplace. You may also want to consider your options if you are thinking of dropping out.

How to register

For session details and to register go to the online workshop registration page (opens in a new window).

Applying for Work: Resume and Cover Letter - Careers workshop

Your cover letter and resume are the first documents that will attract the attention of a potential employer. This workshop will help you create and modify your application to give you the best chance of landing that job interview.
  • Find out more, including workshop dates and locations in CareerHub

Applying for Work: Selection Criteria - Careers workshop

The public sector and other organisations use selection criteria to determine who gets a job interview. This workshop will give you the skills and knowledge to create solid responses to selection criteria and maximise your chances of landing an interview.
  • Find out more, including workshop dates and locations in CareerHub

Finding Work - Careers workshop

Are you currently searching for a new job, internship or work experience? The Finding Work workshop will guide you in your search and provide you with information and tips to help you discover suitable opportunities.
  • Find out more, including workshop dates and locations in CareerHub

Interviewing for Work - Careers workshop

The key to a successful job interview is preparation. This workshop can help you prepare by giving you the skills, knowledge and practical experience needed to perform well in a wide variety of interview types.
  • Find out more, including workshop dates and locations in CareerHub

Online study resources

Library Study Smart

Library Study Smart is a newly expanded service designed to help you excel throughout the teaching session. Visit the Library Study Smart website and vUWS site for information about online learning and assignment help, as well as access to the YourTutor program and information about face-to-face advisors.

Returning to Learning and Introduction to eLearning online workshops

The Returning to Learning vUWS site is perfect for mature age students who have had a break from education. The site allows you to go at your own pace and helps you understand the University environment, identify ways of maintaining balance, gives you tips for a successful start to your study and introduce you to the University's online systems and E-Learning environment.


When can I use the site?
The online site is available all year and you can access it any time.

YourTutor online academic skills support

Studying at University is a personal experience, unique to you. That's why we're subscribing to YourTutor, a SSAF funded service which gives you access to after-hours online subject and assignment help. Subject support is offered for core subjects including English, maths, science, business, engineering fundamentals and economics. Assignment support is offered for all subjects.

For more information, go to the YourTutor webpage.

Online writing and literacy support (Library Study Smart)

Library Study Smart is a service designed to help you develop your academic language and learning skills. Visit the Library Study Smart website and vUWS site for assignment help and study skills strategies, as well as information about face to face Study Smart Advisors and the YourTutor service.

Online mathematics support (MESH)

The Mathematics Education Support Hub (MESH) provides UWS students with mathematics and statistics support at all stages in their courses of study. This website provides resources for students who want to:
  • revise or 'brush-up' on their basic mathematical skills
  • understand and practice the mathematical calculations underpinning their discipline area/s
  • gain statistical skills for their industry

Build your confidence in using mathematics by engaging in the activities provided on the MESH hub.

Access the Mathematics Education Support Hub (MESH).

Library resources

The Library has a range of online self-paced programs which can help improve reading, grammar and academic writing.

Modules included are:

Study, Money & Life Skills online workshops and iBooks

The Study, Money & Life Skills vUWS site and iBooks will help you increase your learning potential, develop personal awareness and assist with skills to manage your finances. It provides helpful information and resources for all students.

For more information visit the Study, Money and Life Skills page.

TheDesk online learning

TheDesk (opens in a new window) is an online program that provides strategies and skills for success, resilience and wellbeing. While TheDesk is particularly useful for those who are feeling stressed, TheDesk is for all students, not just those who identify as having problems. It is founded on the premise that all students can be resilient and successful. It focuses on strengths, with activities building on existing abilities of students.

TheDesk offers free access to online modules, tools, quizzes and resources, including a comprehensive Get Help section.

TheDesk was developed by Dr Helen Stallman (UQ), Professor David Kavanagh (QUT), and Associate Professor Alan Ralph (UQ) and funded by beyondblue.

Higher Degree Research: Candidate Support and Resources

The University offers a range of support and resources for higher degree research candidates such as workshops and training courses. 

For more information on the resources available for candidates, go to Candidate Support and Resources.

Perfectionism and Procrastination tutorial

Perfectionism is a trait that motivates you to achieve success, however, it can also immobilise your attempts at actually getting started on your work and heighten procrastination.

In this video (opens in a new window), Cristina Pastore talks to us about good and bad perfectionism, how to stop procrastinating and what you can do to become better at managing your time. The idea is to develop your skills so that you can blitz through your research degree and reduce your stress about getting everything completed on time.

Public speaking anxiety tutorial

Do you experience high levels of anxiety and worry about public speaking? This is a common concern for many people, even for researchers in academia who are considered experts in their field.

In this video (opens in a new window), Erin Helleur talks to us about some strategies you can use to manage your anxiety and develop your presentation skills so that you can speak about your research with confidence.

Peer support programs

PASS

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is a free program where you work with other students to understand the content of your unit/s and develop various study strategies to help you improve your academic performance. Each PASS group is run by a student facilitator who has already successfully studied the unit.

For more information visit the PASS webpage.

MATES

Mentoring and Transition Equals Success(MATES) is a free mentoring program for first year students to help them connect with other new students and mentors in later years of study. The program is designed to help new students make friends, network with other students and gain knowledge and skills to settle into life at university.

For more information visit the MATES webpage.

Contacts

Mathematics Education Support Hub (MESH)

Counselling

Email counselling@westernsydney.edu.au

Phone (02) 9852 5199 (02) 9852 5199

PASS

Email pass@westernsydney.edu.au

Phone (02) 4736 0849 (02) 4736 0849

MATES