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Study Skills HDR resources

Study Skills is your partner in your HDR journey. We contribute a range of services, resources and programs to strengthen your writing and presentation skills. Language and Learning Advisers are available for individual consultations at any stage of your research. Their expertise includes presentation skills, essay, report and thesis writing.

Thesis study groups

Thesis study groups provide support for you on your HDR journey and are a great opportunity to meet other HDR candidates. The thesis study groups are open to students from all Faculties and Schools, and focus on many aspects of thesis researching and writing. Through reading and commenting on other candidates' theses drafts, you will develop critical readings skills, and enhance your communication and English language skills. Learn more by watching the short video.

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Campus and cloud (online)

Campus and cloud (online) sessions are available are facilitated by Language and Learning Advisers. The timetable is available from HDR training and workshops. For further information please contact

HDR workshops

Writing a thesis is challenging and requires high standards of academic writing. There are many ways to learn and develop your skills, such as, advice and feedback from your supervisor, peer writing groups, suggestions from books and websites, and lots of practice.

Language and Learning Advisers facilitate both campus and cloud (online) HDR workshops. See the list of topics below.

Campus workshop dates can be found at HDR training and workshops
Cloud (online) workshops:

Workshop 1: Reading and note taking

This workshop provides tips on how to manage large amounts of reading and how to take effective notes. It also provides strategies for reading critically.

Workshop 2: Writing a literature review

This workshop provides an overview of the challenges associated with writing the literature review chapter. It explores aspects of the research process, the structure and the writing of a literature review. It offers tips on getting started and reviewing the chapter.

 Workshop 3: Academic writing

This workshop examines some of the academic conventions required for thesis writing. It includes tips on writing critically, developing your voice and becoming familiar with the style of your discipline.

Workshop 4: Writing the data analysis

This workshop emphasizes the importance of having a clear thesis or argument, and presenting your analysis of the data in light of this argument. Organising your chapters and sections clearly and academic language and style will also be included.

Workshop 5: Introductions and conclusions

We look at introductions and conclusions, and their purpose. We consider how they frame the thesis as a whole. We will also look at positioning your research in the broader field and explaining your focus and thesis/argument in context of language and style.

Workshop 6: Revising and editing your writing

This final workshop will look at revising what you have written as a whole and editing.
It is also an opportunity for you to tell us what topics you would like in the future and for ongoing workshops.

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