Essay Writing: The Basics
A general outline of the steps to writing essays at University.
Essay & Assignment Planning
Some helpful advice and strategies about getting started and constructive planning.
Answering Assignment Questions
Some suggestions about how to understand assignment questions and how to answer them effectively, and a list of common terms used in assignment questions and their definitions. This guide will help you to better answer and understand your essay questions.
Some questions to ask yourself as you are writing your final draft or editing your assignment.
Writing a Critical Review
Need to write a critical review? Not sure what it is? See our guide for some tips.
Writing an Annotated Bibliography
This is an assignment that allows you to get acquainted with the material available on a particular topic. This guide offers some general advice on getting started.
Many uni assignments feature reflective components. Although they can vary considerably in terms of their style and scope, here are some common elements and tips to get you started.
Transition Signals in Writing
A list of suggested phrases to make transitions in your writing.
Introducing Quotations & Paraphrases
a list of phrases to introduce quotations or paraphrases.
Paraphrasing, Summarising and Quoting
Important skills which are crucial to success at university which allow you to demonstrate your understanding and interpretation of a text, and incorporate the work of others into your writing.
Multiple Choice Exams
Tips for sitting multiple choice exams
Essay exams are designed to test your ability to synthesise information and organise your thoughts on paper. The points in our guide are designed to help you sit essay style exams.
Exam Skills: Clue Words
Tips on how to answer exam questions.
Open Book & Take Home Exams
This guide answers some questions about Open Book exams, offers suggestions about preparation and study, and some tips about sitting the exam.
Some commonsense tips on getting through the exam period in one piece and performing your best.
Lengthy reading lists for courses and essays can be frightening, particularly when the subject is unfamiliar. This guide assists with reading strategies you will find helpful.
Reading for Understanding: The SQW3R Method of
Reading is one of the core activities of study. You need to be able to understand what you read and to be able to recall the main ideas when you need them. You can use the SQW3R method to improve your comphrehension, to remember a reading for tutorials, seminars or to revise for exams.
Note-taking: an introduction
An outline of effective note-taking strategies to help you get the most out of lectures and readings. The guide suggests procedures such as symbols and abbreviations, diagrams and note cards.
Effective Note-making from Written Text
A simple method to use when you are making notes from any written sources of information.
When you select material and information for your assignments, it should never be used indiscriminately should be a continual evaluation process occurring. This guide features a list of questions you should ask yourself when examining information.
Getting Started on Your Literature Review
A short guide and a few suggestions to get you started.
Technical Writing: Features and Conventions
Some conventions to help students with the main features or technical writing as used by Scientists and Engineers.
Writing Lab Reports
This guide is designed for Undergraduate Science, Technology and Engineering Students. It examines a simple and an extended report.
Writing a Case Study Report in Engineering
Check out our online workshop for some assistance.
Honours Thesis Writing
for Engineering & Science Students
This site offers online thesis writing support for Honours students in the Faculties of Engineering and Science at the University of New South Wales.
WRiSE (Write Reports in Science and Engineering)
WRISE is an online learning environment for university students who are writing reports in science and engineering.
A very popular guide! This resource suggests some strategies to use for best managing your time, including long-term and weekly planning.
Getting the most out of Lectures and Tutorials
A feature of university learning is that many courses are delivered via a series of lectures and tutorials. This guide outlines some strategies for making the most of these kinds of classes.
Asking questions and joining in discussions are important skills for university study. If you find it difficult to speak or ask questions in tutorials, try the strategies outlined in our guide.
Useful Tips for Speaking to an Audience
Some general tips on public speaking that can be applied to your seminar.
Using PowerPoint in Oral Presentations
Some tips for using PowerPoint slideshows effectively.