Graduate Science Academic English Tutorial

This program is designed to equip our graduate students with valuable language skills that enable them to get the most out of their studies. Sessions are now running online via Zoom, with spaces to join after the Easter break.

Each year, the Faculty of Science offers graduate students the opportunity to apply for the Graduate Science Academic English Tutorial.

These series of workshops are free, require no additional assessment and are a great way to develop and apply valuable language skills for class participation, assessment tasks and research.

The sessions are facilitated by one of the University’s highly qualified Academic Skills Advisers and offer you the opportunity to develop and learn among fellow science students in a welcoming and supportive environment.

These workshops cover a range of skills and include three key areas of focus:

English language for success at university
Writing in a clear academic style
Speaking and communicating
Reading for research purposes
General academic vocabulary

Academic skills
Referencing
Notetaking
Critical reading processes 
Time management

Teamwork and confidence building
Interaction and support
Using English confidently
Building friendships

Tutorials will begin in Week 2 of Semester 1, 2020

Each tutorial will be held on a Wednesday or Thursday, starting week 2 and finishing week 12 (excluding non-teaching weeks). Students are now able to choose between 5 tutorial streams for the remainder of the semester.

Tutorial stream options:

  • Wednesdays 11.30 - 1pm
  • Wednesdays 1:30 - 3pm
  • Thursdays 9:30 - 11am
  • Thursdays 1:30 - 3pm
  • Thursdays 3:30 - 5pm
WeekNew
Date
Academic Skills
212 MarchWeek 1: Speaking in tutorials, time management, academic culture
319 MarchWeek 2: Presentations – language, organisation, delivery
  Classes cancelled to prepare for Virtual Campus
42 AprilWeek 3: Reading critically, notetaking – 6Rs
59 AprilWeek 4: Reading, notetaking – NOW technique
  Easter break
622 or 23 AprilWeek 5: Academic writing 1 – referencing and plagiarism
729 or 30 AprilWeek 6: Academic writing 2 – paragraph structure
86 or 7 MayWeek 7: Academic writing 3 – academic register
913 or 14 MayWeek 8: Academic writing 4 – cohesion and complexity
1020 or 21 MayWeek 9: Fact or opinion – reading critically
1127 or 28 MayWeek 10: Synthesising sources and review
12 No classes this week

Apply now

Applicants will be contacted within 3 working days of submitting the above enrolment form. A staff member will then enrol applicants into the AET Canvas page, with access to subject resources and links to Zoom sessions.

If you can't attend these sessions but would like access to other language and academic skills resources, please visit the Academic Skills webpage. Here you can enrol into a workshop, access online learning modules or book a time with an Academic Skills advisor.

For more information contact science-academicprograms@unimelb.edu.au.