UWAStudysmarter Orientation and FAQ


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This session was presented to UWA students doing Orientation in 2009 - although the version here includes the answers which makes it much easier!

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UWAStudysmarter Orientation and FAQ

  1. 1. Unilife: What is it Really Like? Dr Cheryl Lange & Dr Lucy Reilly
  2. 2. Aims of this session:  Offer some insight into student life  Demystify the UWA learning environment  Highlight what may be expected of you  Help you understand what being a UWA student is like Structure:  Get into small groups  Go through the true/false questions on the screen  Fill in your answer sheet as a group  Discuss answers together at end of each round
  3. 3. Topics covered in the ‘quiz”:  Staff  Lectures  Studying  Writing  Referencing  Speaking
  4. 4. Staff 1. I can call staff by their first names MAYBE 2. My lecturers know everything there is to know about their discipline FALSE 3. I will see my lecturers a lot outside of teaching times MAYBE 4. I can go and see my lecturers in their offices TRUE 5. Email correspondence should be formal without emoticons and sms-speak TRUE 6. Tutors are students too MAYBE
  5. 5. Lectures 7. I should aim to write down everything the lecturer says during a lecture FALSE 8. I should ask questions during a lecture if I don’t understand MAYBE 9. If I attend all my lectures I’ll pass the unit MAYBE 10. Lectures are compulsory FALSE 11. If I learn the lecture notes I’ll probably pass the unit MAYBE 12. I should make sure my mobile phone is turned off during lectures TRUE
  6. 6. Studying 13. It is important to balance my studies with other aspects of my life TRUE 14. I have to read everything on the unit reading list FALSE 15. I can study with a group of friends in the Library TRUE 16. It is essential to have a computer with internet access at home FALSE 17. Active learning involves exercising while you study FALSE 18. I’ll be able to stay motivated all semester MAYBE
  7. 7. Writing 19. I can include my opinion in my written work TRUE 20. Critical thinking is about criticising other people’s ideas FALSE 21. My written work will probably get better over time MAYBE 22. If I’m having trouble with an assignment I can get extra time MAYBE 23. It doesn’t matter if I don’t stick to the word limit for the assignment FALSE 24. I should put more effort into exams than assignments MAYBE
  8. 8. Referencing 25. APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Oxford are all universities FALSE 26. I can include quotes from useful material in my assignments TRUE 27. If I plagiarise by accident I can’t get into trouble for it FALSE 28. As long as I put all the references I used in a list at the end of an assignment it’s not plagiarism FALSE 29. Plagiarism occurs when the author claims credit for work that is not their own TRUE 30. Library staff can help me with referencing TRUE
  9. 9. Speaking 31. I can be assessed on my speaking skills TRUE 32. The best way to improve my speaking skills is to get one-to-one practice with an adviser FALSE 33. My tutor will expect me to participate in tutorials TRUE 34. Students who say the most in tutorials know the most MAYBE 35. Speaking is an active learning process TRUE 36. My speaking skills will improve during the course of my studies MAYBE
  10. 10. What’s next? Any questions? What else would you like to know?
  11. 11. Services for Students Drop-ins Referencing Workshops Research skills Podcasts Public speaking Resources Critical thinking Appointments Exam strategies Digital resources English language Discussion boards Essays and reports GetSmart (sign up) Project management Peer learning groups Reading and note-taking
  12. 12. FREE workshops, services and resources • Website: www.studysmarter.uwa.edu.au • Email: study.smarter@uwa.edu.au • Phone: (08) 6488 2423 • Visit: Student Support Centre, 2nd Floor, Guild Village