The ASLC offers individual sessions to help you with your assignments and study. These sessions are developmental, that is we assist you to develop strategies and skills that will help you throughout your time at ANU. For this reason, it is often best to see us early on and let us assist you in planning and structuring your work. All of us find changing earlier drafts much easier than later drafts.
For coursework students these sessions can either be for a particular assignment such as an essay, report, reflection or presentation (to name but a few). Alternatively you can come and discuss a specific skills such as referencing, time management, or preparing for exams.
For research students, the sessions in the early part of your project might cover managing the project, researching and note taking, or writing your research proposal. Later on sessions might cover planning your thesis structure or writing individual chapters
To book an appointment, click on the Appointment button in the top right corner of the screen.
We are situated on the level 2 of the John Yencken building and unfortunately there is no lift. If you need your consultation to be on the ground floor, please call or email us when you make your booking so we can make appropriate arrangements. We apologise for the inconvenience.
Each consultation goes for 45 minutes and starts at 10 minutes past the hour. Please submit any drafts by 8:30 of the morning of your consultation. You submit your draft online via the consultations button. Drafts do not need to be complete and can be very rough. Remember you do not need to submit a draft for an consultation, you can come and discuss how you might structure and plan your work.
Our consultations are very popular, so please cancel early if you can't come. You can cancel either online via the consultation button or contact us directly. Cancellations within 24 hours will stop you booking another consultation for 2 weeks.
How best to use our services
Our aim is to help you develop your fundamental academic skills so you can work independently. We might look at practical strategies to structure and write an augmentative essay. While an individual session will focus on one of your essays, the strategies we discuss will apply to all your essays. Thus a student new to writing augmentative essays, may have several consultations in their first semester. As they develop their skills and gain confidence, they may not need to make any more consultations for essays. However, if later in their studies, they get a different type of assessment or wish to develop an aspect of their writing they may come back for more sessions. Each session should extend and refine your skills.
As our focus is developmental and we have a high demand for our consultations, there are restrictions on what we will do. You can only book one consultation every two weeks; this will give you time to try any strategies to a new piece of work. Similarly, we would not expect to see you every two weeks throughout your program - this clearly would not be developmental. Where we believe that consultations are repeating the same strategies and skills we will stop seeing you for that skill. We do not provide a "checking service"
What we can't help with
As our focus is developmental
- we do not provide an editing, proofreading or grammar-checking service, as this is not developmental. Check our editing resources for more information and advice regarding editing and proofreading.
- We do not see drafts on the date the assignment is due.
As we are not experts in your content area
- we cannot provide assistance with the actual academic content of your work. What we can do is talk through your ideas with you and so help you "get what is in your head on the paper".
- we cannot provide you with an estimate of a likely grade for your work.
And finally, who and what we will see
- we do not see work for units from the Crawford School of Public Policy, Military Studies Program (Australian Command and Staff College) and ANU College as these areas have their own support staff. Students from these areas can attend ASLC workshops.
- we cannot see take home exams
- we only see work that is directly related to your program of study. We do not assist students with IELTS tests.