Workshops, Seminars, Lectures - Academic Skills Centre - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Workshops and seminars

ASC Printable Term 3 Programme (PDF)


Introduction to Essay Writing The key elements of the essay writing process.
Science Writing The written style of research reports used in science and engineering.
Microsoft Word Tips
for Writing Essays
Some formatting tricks all writers should know.
Avoiding Plagiarism

Learn how to avoid plagiarism in your academic writing.

Paraphrasing Basics

Learn how to use referencing more effectively in your writing.

Reading and Writing for English Language Learners Improve your reading and writing skills in these weekly 50-minute workshops.
Proofreading Your Final Draft

Strategies for proofreading your own work using a three-step process.

The Writing Process

Learn about the stages of the academic writing process.

Grammar, Punctuation and Style

Making Sentences Work Learn about basic sentence structure and punctuation to identify, correct and avoid common sentence errors.

Study Skills

Demystifying the
University System
Academic conventions and writing styles, and give ‘inside knowledge’ into how to succeed at university.
Smart Thinking Crucial skills required for understanding and organisation at university.
Revision and Exam Preparation Techniques for writing high quality essay answers, with tips for multi-choice and short-answer exams.
Time Management

Useful techniques for managing your time at university.

Effective Note-taking

Techniques for note-taking in lectures and for assignments.

Excel Basics and Statistics

Excel Basics Spreadsheets, data manipulation, formulas, charts.
Stats Essentials Foundational statistical principles.


Giving an Oral Presentation For giving papers at conferences or to fellow-students.
Speaking and Listening for English Language Learners

Practise your speaking and listening skills with native and non-native English speakers.

Long Documents Formatting a thesis-sized document with Microsoft Word.

Other learning events

If students are preparing a thesis, annotated bibliography, or literature review, they should check out the learning events offered to honours and postgraduate students. We also offer courses and workshops specifically aimed at adult students and Te Puna Manawa students.


  • Academic Skills Centre
    University of Canterbury,
    Private Bag 4800,
    Christchurch 8140
    +64 3 369 3900
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    Level 3,
    Central Library (Puaka-James Hight)