Learning Development

Learning Development

Free assistance for your study

Seminar 6 Exam prep
Seminar 5 Sentencing, Signposting & Showcasing your ideas 
Seminar 4 Developing an Argument
Seminar 3 Academic writing and referencing
Seminar 2 Successful transitioning
Seminar 1 Planning for assessments

Learning Development offers assistance to all enrolled students who wish to improve their academic language and literacy. Academic literacies seminars which focus on your assessments, self-access learning resources and individual consultations are provided at the Southern Highlands campus.

Dr Carol Priestley is the Learning Development coordinator for UOW Southern Highlands and will normally be on campus each Wednesday during session.

Please contact Dr Priestley by email or phone 4868 3590  to make an appointment.  

Latest information is posted up on the Learning Development noticeboard: you can also make an appointment with Carol by writing your name up on the appointment sheet.



Learning Development offers the Successful Transitions program which helps students develop their literacies.  These seminars include learning how to read academic articles; learning which referencing system your discipline requires and how to avoid plagiarism by referencing correctly; learning how to structure essays and reports, with a focus on writing coherent and cohesive paragraphs; learning how to complete a confident oral presentation that showcases your knowledge and promotes discussion; and finally, learning how to prepare for exams.

All seminars are free.  Please check the 'Notice Board' to find out about what seminars are available.  Timetables and an Appointment Schedule will also be posted on the 'Notice Board' at the beginning of each semester. 


Learning Development provides a range of printable writing and study skills resources to help you improve your academic performance at University. These resources are free and include information on:

  • time management
  • study techniques
  • academic writing
  • essay writing
  • report writing
  • note-taking
  • critical thinking

UniLearning: University writing and study skills website

Learning Development has developed an interactive website containing information on the types of writing and study skills you require at University. The site is extremely comprehensive, providing a wide range of information and interactive activities to help you practise and develop your academic skills. These activities are assessed immediately and feedback is provided to help direct your learning. This site can function as a point of reference to find information on specific academic skills or you may wish to use it as a tutorial and work your way gradually through all the resources.

The topics covered on the website include:

  • effective writing at a university level
  • academic writing
  • essay writing
  • report writing
  • note-taking
  • critical thinking
  • punctuation and grammar of writing sentences

Access to the site is free and unrestricted.

UniLearning website

Faculty programs

Learning Development also runs programs on academic skills within Faculties. Most programs are offered within first year subjects and are tailored to meet the needs of students within particular disciplines. Students or staff can request that Learning Development provide such programs within their faculties or subjects. 

Last reviewed: 24 May, 2018