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__NOTITLE__ Studying Bachelor of Arts. This is the StudyWISE unit from Macquarie University. Undertaken Study Period 2, 2014. Content is quoted and/or summarised from the university website in fair dealing for purpose of research or study. See also: AIMS.

2014/2 StudyWISE

StudyWISE is an iLearn resource created by Learning Skills, which is specifically designed to help you learn about:

  1. What is expected of you as a student at Macquarie
  2. Key strategies and tips you can use to learn successfully both in and out of the classroom
  3. Examples of the types of assignments you will encounter in your units
  4. All of the resources that are available to support your learning.

Once you enrol in StudyWISE, you can access it from your iLearn course list under the category "Student Support".


Learning Skills Workshop


Learning Skills Video Series


Getting started at Uni

How to approach your studies

How to look for and evaluate sources for research

Critical reading

Academic writing

Getting started at university

In your first semester at university, there are many important things to consider - even before you attend your first class. Knowing where to find information about the units you will be studying, what is expected of a university student, how to set goals and plan your time, and how to keep yourself motivated are all part of Getting Started.

  1. Getting started
    1. University is a whole new experience (vimeo, original)
    2. Tips for getting started successfully at university (original)
    3. Video: Manage your time (vimeo, original)
    4. Video: Balancing life and study (vimeo, original)
    5. Ideas for time management (original)
      1. Example of a weekly schedule (original)
      2. Task: Creating your own weekly schedule (original)
      3. Weekly Schedule Template (original)
      4. A project management approach to time management (original)
    6. Goal setting (original)
      1. Task: Locating information on the university website (original)
  2. Videos: How to approach your studies at university
    1. Video: There is no one best way - developing a range of strategies for your studies (vimeo, original)
    2. Video: Know when and where you work best (vimeo, original)
    3. Video: Always have a plan (vimeo, original)
    4. Video: Plan alone and with others (vimeo, original)
    5. Video: Change what doesn't work (when you are studying) (vimeo, original)
    6. Video: Staying motivated - Have a positive attitude (vimeo, original)
    7. Video: Staying motivated - Have a practical approach (vimeo, original)

Analysing Assignment Questions

Assignments make up a large portion of assessments and can come in many different genre and styles. However, assignment questions share common features. In fact, exam questions also share similar features. Therefore, nearly all assessment questions can be approached in the same way.

  1. Tips on how to decode assignment questions (original)
    1. Key content words (original)
    2. Some key directive words (original)
    3. Examples of assessment rubric (original)
  2. The importance of demonstrating critical thinking in your assignments (original)
    1. The critical thinking process (original)
  3. The levels of critical thinking and the associated key directive words (original)
  4. Task: Analysing an assignment question (original)
    1. Answers for the task "Analysing an assignment question" (original)

Research: Locating and Evaluating Sources

After analysing the assignment question carefully, the next step is to begin the research process. When you have found a possible source of information, you then need to determine its usefulness in terms of relevance to your assignment question, and also the quality of the information.

  1. Videos: Library essentials for undergraduate students (original)
  2. Video: Finding and selecting references (vimeo, original)
  3. Locating sources for your research (original)
    1. Video Tip: Why can't I just Google? (youtube, original)
    2. Video: Searching beyond Google (youtube, original)
  4. Tutorial: How to do research effectively and appropriately on the internet (original)
  5. Choosing the right content (vimeo, original)
  6. Evaluating resources (original)
    1. Video: Evaluating your search (youtube, original)
  7. Video: Managing your references when collecting sources (youtube, original)
  8. Task: Evaluating a source (original)
    1. Answers for the task "Evaluating a source" (original)

Academic Integrity (Honesty), Referencing and Plagiarism

An important part of your Macquarie university studies is learning how to become an academic/expert of a particular field or discipline. Thus, your unit assignments and assessments will require you to think critically and to use quality evidence to support your work/ideas.

Behaving with Academic Integrity (Honesty) in your writing assignments = Making sure that you make a clear distinction between your words/ideas and the words/ideas of other authors.

Referencing = Properly acknowledging (usually within your writing and on a reference page/bibliography at the end of your writing) the use of words or ideas from other authors.

Plagiarism = The failure to properly acknowledge the use of words or ideas from other authors.

  1. Academic Integrity Module for Students
  2. Academic integrity (honesty) and the importance of proper referencing
    1. Macquarie University expectations regarding academic integrity (honesty) (original)
    2. Important information regarding plagiarism (original)
    3. Key vocabulary related to referencing (original)
    4. Referencing basics (original)
      1. Video: Acknowledging the words and ideas of others (youtube,original)
  3. Some common referencing styles
    1. Overview of some common referencing styles (original)
    2. Harvard referencing (original)
    3. American Psychological Association (APA) Referencing (original)
    4. Legal citation (Australian Guide to Legal Citation - AGLC) (original)
      1. Guide to Legal Citation (Footnotes) (original)
      2. Guide to Legal Citation (Quotation and Paraphrase) (original)
      3. Guide to Legal Citation (Journal Articles) (original)
      4. Guide to Legal Citation (Books) (original)
      5. Guide to Legal Citation (Cases) (original)
      6. Guide to Legal Citation (Legislation) (original)
      7. Guide to Legal Citation (Treaties) (original)
      8. Guide to Legal Citation (Internet Materials) (original)
      9. Guide to Legal Citation (Newspaper Articles) (original)
      10. Guide to Legal Citation (et al.) (original)
      11. Guide to Legal Citation (Ibid) (original)
      12. Guide to Legal Citation (Above n) (original)
      13. Guide to Legal Citation (Bibliography) (original)
      14. Sources for the Guide to Legal Citation (original)
  4. What to reference and how to do it in order to avoid plagiarism
    1. Video tip: What do I need to reference/cite? (youtube, original)
    2. Video tip: Example of plagiarism (youtube, original)
    3. Video tip: How to cite sources without quoting (youtube, original)
    4. How to use other people's codes in Computing Science (original)
  5. Video Tip: How to Incorporate Evidence and How to Reference Them (mp4, original)
    1. Quickguide: How to Incorporate Evidence and How to Reference Them (original)
    2. Practice Exercises: How to Incorporate Evidence and How to Reference Them (original)
    3. Answers to the practice exercises "How to Incorporate Evidence and How to Reference Them" (original)
  6. Task: Referencing your assignments (original)
    1. Answers for the task "Referencing your assignments" (original)
  7. Software and tools to help you manage your references and citations (original)

Reading, Listening and Note-taking

Getting through all of the lectures, required/recommended readings, and assignments for each unit is a major challenge. However, there are several reading, listening, and note-taking strategies that can help you to: (1) focus on the information you really need (2) organise the key information systematically so that you can find it easily for assignments and exam preparation (3) save time in the long run.

  1. Critical Reading
    1. Video: Reading can help your writing (vimeo, original)
    2. How to approach reading materials (original)
  2. Reading, listening and note-taking
    1. Taking notes on your course readings (original)
      1. Definitions of note-taking methods (original)
      2. Video tip: How to take notes using the Cornell system (youtube, original)
      3. Example of using the Cornell note-taking method (original)
      4. Example of using the linear note-taking method (original)
      5. Sample template for a reading log (original)
    2. Taking notes while listening (original)
    3. Useful symbols and abbreviations for note-taking (original)
    4. How to increase your understanding of course materials (original)
    5. Task: Taking notes while listening (original)
      1. Task answer 1: Cornell note-taking example (original)
      2. Task answer 2: KWL note-taking example (original)
      3. Task answer 3: Concept map note-taking example (original)
    6. Task: Taking notes while reading (original)
      1. Example A for task "Reading & note-taking" (original)
      2. Example B for task "Reading & note-taking" (original)