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Isolation Study Sessions: Explained!

BSA and LTSU have engaged the services of Felicity Ford - also known as the Study Master - to run fun & interactive sessions throughout semester.
Every Sunday from 5pm - 6pm, she'll will be running activities, prompts and exercises to help you develop your expertise in research, essay development and referencing but also using her magical tricks to get you actually writing! Drop in for one session, or tune in each week to build up your skills! After the session has ended, the room will be left open until 7pm as a Virtual Lockdown Library, where you can study in the quiet company of others.

Here is a run down of what to actually expect:

An online study support series for undergraduate students at La Trobe University to promote academic excellence and foster a better-connected student community during the global pandemic.

  • Held every week on Zoom with a specific topic related to undergraduate study (see full list of themes below);
  • Students can sign up for a one-off session or progressively build up a catalogue of study skills through regular attendance over the semester;
  • Each 90 minute session features an introduction to the topic with practical tips and resources for students. This information will be sent out to participants so that they can refer to it whenever they need to;
  • Following the introduction, students will be led through individual and group activities. During this time, they are encouraged to connect up with other students in peer-to-peer learning;
  • Students will also be provided with prompts/exercises to put these new skills into practice.

Here is an idea of the themes Felicity will cover:

  • Hack Your Reading: How to read effectively and take better notes
  • Love the Library: An introduction to library services and workshops
  • Study Buddies: Setting up a study support group online
  • Developing an Argument: Guide to forming and supporting an academic argument
  • Critical Thinking: An introduction to critical analysis and argumentation
  • Cite Your Sources: How to use academic references to support your work
  • Writing Your First Essay: Essay writing 101
  • Understanding Key Outcome and Marking Assessment: Understanding how marking criteria works before you submit your assessment
  • The Art of Storytelling: How to tell the story of your research
  • Getting a Better Grade: How to review feedback and improve your grade
  • Surviving Exams: Self-care and study tips!
  • Next steps: How to transfer your undergraduate studies to the workforce

About the facilitator:

Felicity is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne accredited with a Melbourne Teaching Certificate and Graduate Certificate of University Teaching. She has several years’ professional experience in student services and academic support as a facilitator, program coordinator, consultant and short courses coordinator. As a researcher and academic, she has worked as a seminar leader, guest lecturer and sessional tutor. Outside of the University, Felicity is a radio broadcaster on Triple R 102.7FM, freelance writer and film reviewer, and secretary for Australia’s longest-running film society, Melbourne Cinematheque.

The link will be posted on our Facebook event pages before the event

Hope to see you there!

Isolation Study Sessions is run as a collaborative LTSU & BSA event. Working together to bring you awesome student events!