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.

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
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 2, 2020

There will be limited spaces and applications are necessary. Tutorials start in week 2 and finish in week 11 (excluding non-teaching weeks).  Tutorials will be held on Wednesday and Thursday each week (via Zoom), you can choose which day you attend – you don’t need to attend both sessions.

Apply for the GSAET

Week Session Dates Academic Skills Topic
Wednesday 13 August
Thursday 14 August
Week 1: Speaking in tutorials, time management, academic culture
Wednesday 19 August
Thursday 20 August
Week 2: Presentations – language, organisation, delivery
Wednesday 26 August
Thursday 27 August
Week 3: Reading critically, notetaking – 6Rs
Wednesday 2 September
Thursday 3 September
Week 4: Reading, notetaking – NOW technique
Wednesday 9 September
Thursday 10 September
Week 5: Academic writing 1 – referencing and plagiarism
Wednesday 16 September
Thursday 17 September
Week 6: Academic writing 2 – paragraph structure
Wednesday 23 September
Thursday 24 September
Week 7: Academic writing 3 – academic register
Wednesday 30 September
Thursday 1 October
Week 8: Academic writing 4 – cohesion and complexity
Wednesday 7 October
Thursday 8 October
Mid-semester break
Wednesday 14 October
Thursday 15 October
Week 9: Fact or opinion – reading critically
Wednesday 21 October
Thursday 22 October
Week 10: Synthesising sources and review
Wednesday 28 October
Thursday 29 October
No classes this week 

Applicants will be contacted within 3 working days of submitting the above enrolment form. A staff member will then enroll 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.

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