Academic skills help

At Charles Sturt University, you get access to free study support services as part of your enrolment.

You can develop your academic skills in many ways. We offer self-paced learning, interactive workshops, one-on-one training and online courses. We can also give you feedback on your draft assignments.

We cover the fundamentals of studying. This includes critical thinking, research and reading skills, note-taking, academic writing, referencing, and proofreading.

Academic writing, assignments, and essays

We can give you the information and support you’ll need to get your head around assignment writing and essays so it becomes second nature to you.

Assignment research

For most of your assignments, you'll need to do some research. The Library has various online tools to help you do this.

Numeracy

You can get advice to improve your maths and statistics skills. This includes how to understand mathematical language, apply mathematics and statistics processes, and create and interpret tables and graphs.

Referencing

Getting organised with your referencing and understanding how to do it has its benefits. You'll save time, avoid plagiarism, and not lose any marks in assignments once you know how to do it right.

Online study skills

Our Academic Skills Advisers (Online Study) offer you personalised help to succeed with your online studies. We assist with orientation, navigating the online environment, digital skills for learning, as well as any general online study questions.

Research writing

If you're a Higher Degree Research (HDR) student, you can access various programs to help you with your research writing.

Join a workshop

We have a rotation of workshop topics available throughout the year. Login to your Student Portal to browse and register.

Our workshop topics

Getting started

Getting started

Computer skills

Computer skills

  • MS Word for Assignments (Part 1 and 2) - recording
  • MS Excel Introduction
  • Computer skills for assignments - recording
Exams

Exams

  • Sitting exams: Strategies and tips - recording
  • Online exams
  • Strategies for effective learning and memorising - recording
Referencing

Referencing

Our workshop series

From Start to Submit

From Start to Submit

We run a 5 part series 'From start to submit' to enhance academic writing and assessment skills. We recommend attending all workshops, though you can go to as many workshops as you like.

Watch a past recording

Enhancing Literacy

Enhancing Literacy

We run a 6 part 'Enhancing Literacy' series to develop and practice your reading and writing skills. The series is designed for teacher education students preparing for their National Literacy Tests. All students are welcome to join.

Watch a past recording

Enhancing Numeracy

Enhancing Numeracy

We run a 3 part 'Enhancing Numeracy' series to develop and practice your numeracy skills. The series is designed for teacher education students preparing for their National Numeracy Tests. All students are welcome to join.

Watch a past recording

Talk to an expert

If you're still having trouble, you can book a 1-on-1 appointment with one of our advisers.

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