Study Skills

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Writing & academic language

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Click through the Table of contents to learn about other study skills relevant to university

Go to Assignments for tips on planning and writing different types of assignments

Go to  Referencing for tips and guidelines on formatting and integrating your references into your writing

Go to English and maths for resources about English language

Finding Appropriate References

 Watch these short videos for tips on finding appropriate references for your assignments.

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checkbox Access the Library Subject Guides. These guides will help you locate relevant information and resources for your course or research topic.

checkboxAccess the Library’s Assignment help:  Finding resources for your assignment. This resource gives a step by step approach to finding resources using examples from the Health Sciences.

check boxContact the Library via the  Ask the Library Service. You can call, email or live chat. Live chat is available during certain hours. 

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Check boxVisit the Managing References guide for support with Bibliographic management software. 

Check boxVisit the Referencing site for support with Harvard UniSA. 

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Reading & listening skills

 Watch these short videos about searching for and identifying suitable readings for academic study

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Note taking

Note taking systems and templates

This video by Discover Business Degrees (2015) talks you through 5 note taking strategies.

Click through the links below to learn more about the methods outlined in the video.

You may like to use the Charting Method to start grouping your sources into relevant themes. Click on the purple and white crosses on the example below for more tips about the Charting Method. 

Note: To view the example in full-screen, click on the icon in the top right corner.

You may like to use the Cornell Method when reading the sources in more detail. Click on the purple and white crosses on the example below for more tips about the Cornell Method. 

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Note taking for lectures

Work through this resource to help you get the most out of lectures by employing effective note taking techniques. 

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Note taking tools

There are a numerous tools available for help with taking notes. It is important to note, that although tools can make note-taking easier, you can not rely on them to do the learning for you. You still need to actively engage with the content.

This video outlines how to use the Sonocent Audio Notetaker. 

This video details how a Livescribe smartpen can help you capture, save and sort your handwritten notes on your Mac or PC.

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Learning online

Watch these short videos for tips from staff and students on using technology and communicating online

Note: Where there is mention of in the videos, this site is now called LinkedIn Learning.

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What is online learning?

Online forums

Interacting online at uni

Email etiquette

 Go to Getting Online for information about learning online at UniSA

 Doing your studies off campus? Visit the External students for tips and strategies

 For basic computing skills tutorials: Free Technology Basics tutorials

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Access LinkedIn Learning via your UniSA login for videos on developing online skills

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Communicating at uni & on placement

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Checkbox IconStudying nursing? Click here for videos, tips and activities specific to patient-nurse communication or here for access to a medical dictionary to build your medical vocabulary

Working in groups

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Time management

 Watch  this  short video for staff and student tips  

 Consider your study load and plan ahead

Different assignments for different courses are often due around the same time. This means if you are enrolled in 3 or 4 courses, you may have 3 or 4 assignments due close together. Prioritise and manage your workload from the beginning, and try to get into some good study habits.

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 Time management

 On campus sample weekly planner (4 courses)

   Essential time management tips and example planner (Log in with your UniSA credentials)

 Study planners  - yearly and weekly planners in pdf and word formats 

 Assignment planning calculator (Courtesy: Massey University)

  Studiosity's assignment calculator

 Time management tips (LinkedIn Learning) - acces via UniSA log in

linkPlanning your studies with an online calendar


The typical workload during a study period


Weeks 1 - 5

You are introduced to new content and workload is easy to moderate

Assessment tasks are usually small in value

If you are doing more than one course, some of your assignments may share due dates

Tip: start planning for assignments which are due later in the study period

Weeks 6 - 7

The workload increases to a medium rate

Assignments increase in size and value compared to first few weeks

If you are doing more than one course, some of your assignments may share due dates

Tip: make sure you are on top of assignments which weigh more - they take longer to do

Weeks 8 - 13

The workload increases to its maximum rate

Assessment tasks weigh more and are more complex

You may have to do exams at the end of the study period

Tip: organise your notes for exam preparation in advance and use SWOTVAC time efficiently