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 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 1, 2020

Each tutorial will be held on a Thursday, starting week 2 and finishing week 11 (excluding non-teaching weeks), from 9:30am to 11am at 757 Swanston St, Level 1, Room 111 [map].

WeekDateAcademic Skills
212 MarchSpeaking in tutorials, time management, academic culture
319 MarchPresentations – language, organisation, delivery
426 MarchReading critically, notetaking – 6Rs
52 AprilReading, notetaking – NOW technique
69 AprilAcademic writing 1 – referencing and plagiarism
723 AprilAcademic writing 2 – paragraph structure
830 AprilAcademic writing 3 – academic register
97 MayAcademic writing 4 – cohesion and complexity
1014 MayFact or opinion – reading critically
1121 MaySynthesising sources and review

Apply now

Applicants will be contacted on or by 3 March. Placement preference will be given to students who are available to attend six or more sessions.

If you can't attend the majority of these sessions but want to know about our other 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