Build your academic skills

Studying at university requires you to think, write and demonstrate your knowledge in new and challenging ways – but there are many services available to help you do it.

Develop your English and communication skills

Diagnostic English Language Assessment (DELA)

The DELA is a tool designed to by the University of Melbourne to assess your strengths and weaknesses in academic reading, writing and listening. It is not an exam and you can’t fail.

DELA results will not appear on your transcript or affect your admission to the University. The aim is to identify areas of English you may wish to develop to assist with your transition to graduate study at the University.

More information about DELA

Graduate Science Academic English Tutorial

The Graduate Science Academic English Tutorial is a series of face-to-face workshops that take place during Semester 1 and 2. These workshops offer participants the opportunity to develop language skills among fellow science students. Places are limited and applications are required.

The Tutorial can be particularly helpful if you have identified areas for improvement during your Diagnostic English Language Assessment (DELA).

Graduate Science Academic English Tutorial

The DELA is offered throughout Orientation Week and is held in one of the University’s teaching venues. Times will be made available on the DELA webpage.

Contact Academic Skills

The University's Academic Skills team can help develop and enhance your skills for tertiary success – they provide resources available on a range of topics, including time management, academic writing, research and referencing, and presentation skills. In addition, you can attend workshops, access online learning modules or arrange individual tutorials to help succeed in your degree by booking an appointment through Student Services.

Visit Academic Skills Book an appointment

Access other support and resources

The University of Melbourne offers one of the most comprehensive student support networks in Australia, including tools for success, careers advice, counselling, and financial aid. To find what you are looking for go to the Student Services Directory.