O-week academic workshops

During Orientation Week, we run workshops to help your academic transition at ANU. These workshops are free and open to new and continuing students. They are designed to help students understand the academic culture at ANU and cover core academic skills and strategies. No need to register.

Recordings and resources from these workshops are available from our Academic Skills Orientation Wattle site.


Craft your own O-Week

New at ANU: domestic

If you are new to studying at the ANU, what can you expect the learning culture to be like? Will it be any different from your previous study experiences? This workshop offers helpful tips and strategies to thrive, not just survive, your first semester and beyond including, managing your study load; participating in classes, and getting started with your reading and writing. Find out what it means to be a scholar at the ANU!

New at ANU: international

This workshop is designed to introduce international students to studying at ANU. We discuss the expectations of learning at ANU and how to recognise what might be different from your previous study experiences. In the workshop, we offer strategies and tips for transitioning into your studies including: participating in classes, managing your study load; and getting started with your reading, writing and classes. Find out to get ongoing help to support your studies beyond O Week.

Studying and living in English

Learn effective techniques to practice and extend your English, both in everyday and academic settings. In particular, we look at how to engage in tutorial conversations, how to practice your English on a regular basis, and how to apply these skills in your reading and writing. We provide practical advice and resources that you can use throughout your time at ANU.

Writing in your own words

Need to present evidence for your arguments? Not sure how to position and distinguish your ideas from others? Summarising, paraphrasing and synthesising are legitimate ways of incorporating evidence into your assignments in developing and supporting your own claims. In this workshop, we examine strategies for writing effective summaries, paraphrases and syntheses, linguistic devices for signalling your own voice and online tools that help you pass the academic integrity test.

Managing your time

This workshop provides strategies for prioritising and planning your time to make the most of the hours you have. Learn to identify how and when you study best, how to minimise study guilt and balance competing tasks, and make time for your life outside of university. Semester and weekly planners will be available at this session.

Researching and finding resources

Learn how to use online library tools to quickly and efficiently find high quality sources to use in your assessments. This workshop takes you through the process of identifying relevant keywords, using ANU Library's SuperSearch tools, and making the most out of Google Scholar to identify credible and reliable academic sources.

Managing the reading

This workshop provides an efficient, systematic approach for managing your reading. Whether it’s your weekly reading or reading for your assignments, you will find it easier if you read with purpose. Using a sample text, we apply reading strategies and discuss note-taking techniques so that you can get the most out of your sources.


Learn why, when, and how to reference, and how EndNote and Turnitin can help you. This session introduces you to referencing styles, and presents practical tips on producing citations and reference lists.

Essay writing strategies

Argumentative essay writing is one of the most widely-used assignment types for coursework degrees in the Australian university context. In this workshop, we walk you through the whole process of breaking down essay questions, taking a position towards the question, and structuring, planning, writing as well as editing your essay.  Using authentic samples, we examine and analyse the essentials of good arguments and the key components of essay and paragraph structure.

Science report writing

Find out how to effectively structure and communicate your key message in science reports. What makes a strong introduction? How do you incorporate the literature to justify your study and establish its importance? How do you present your methods and most important results? How can you tie it all together in the discussion and persuade readers that your analysis of the key findings are reasonable? In this workshop, we use examples to identify what makes an effective science report and present writing strategies to clearly communicate your key messag.

Report writing

This session looks at developing strategies that enable you to write effective reports in business, computer science and engineering. In reports, you are expected to analyse or investigate something or solve a problem. Therefore you are expected to come up with a solutions or recommendations. After identifying the importance of the key message, we demonstrate how to systematically convey and support your key message and ideas through an executive summary, introduction and structured paragraphs. As many reports involve group work, we specifically address how to write reports in groups.

Effective presentations

This workshop will give you some key techniques for structuring and confidently delivering a presentation with a clear key message. Learn some effective strategies for communicating your message clearly and systematically, including: developing a persuasive structure; using signposting language to guide the listener through your ideas, and appropriately utilising visual aids. The session will also offer tips on engaging your audience and overcoming nerves.

Exam preparation

This session offers strategies for preparing for exams systematically and sustainably throughout the semester. We look at how to study for different types of exams, tools for organising and studying the material before the exam, and managing priorities within the exam. Learn how to prepare for exams in a way that reduces stress.