Workshops, programs and online resources

During session workshops

Maximise Your Memory

Need some help to maximise your memory? While we can all be a little forgetful sometimes, memory is integral to learning. As students we need to remember a great deal of information – especially at exam time. Learn some strategies to boost your memory by attending this workshop designed to enhance your academic performance.

Workshop dates
Parramatta campus (South) - Wednesday, 30 March
Campbelltown campus - Thursday, 7 April
Penrith campus - Tuesday, 12 April
Parramatta campus (South) - Wednesday, 27 April

For full session details and to register go to the online workshop registration page (opens in a new window).

Manage Exam Worry - Be Your Best

Anxiety is a natural reaction that everyone experiences, however for some people anxiety prevents them from reaching their goals. When the body triggers an anxiety response you essentially feel nervous. You may have felt this way before an exam or had a mental block within an exam. If you want to master your anxiety and stay in your peak performance zone come to this workshop.

Workshop dates
Campbelltown campus - Wednesday, 11 May
Parramatta campus (South) - Wednesday, 11 May
Parramatta campus (South) - Wednesday, 18 May 

For full session details and to register go to the online workshop registration page (opens in a new window).

Strategies for Success in Exams and Presentations

Stress and university sometimes seem to go together. Whether giving a presentation in a tutorial or doing an exam feeling anxious and nervous is a natural response but this can get in the way of doing your best. If you want to master anxiety and stay in your peak performance zone then this workshop is for you. The workshop will also help you to brush up on your presentation skills and techniques.

Workshop dates
Penrith campus (Kingswood) - Tuesday, 12 April

For full session details and to register go to the online workshop registration page (opens in a new window).

Academic literacy and grammar workshops

Academic literacy workshops are short workshops (2-4 hours, 2 day, 4 day or online) that run before and during session. The workshops will give an introduction to what's expected of you at university and develop essential literacy skills such as essay writing, critical analysis, referencing, note taking and assignment preparation. Grammar workshops focus on improving the accuracy of your sentences.

For more information go to the Academic literacy workshops page.

Skills workshops (coming soon)

Surviving uni: stress & time management

  • Strategies to control stress and better utilise your time.

If you think stress is controlling you rather than you controlling stress, then this workshop is for you. Or, if you just want to brush up on your time management skills. Feel in control of your studies and your life and acquire professional skills that are essential in any workplace.

How to register

For session details and to register go to the online workshop registration page (opens in a new window).

Online study resources

Returning to Learning online workshop

The Returning to Learning vUWS site is perfect for mature age students who have had a break from education. The site allows you to go at your own pace and helps you understand the University environment, identify ways of maintaining balance, gives you tips for a successful start to your study and introduce you to the University's online systems and E-Learning environment.

When can I use the site?
The online site is available all year and you can access it any time.

Online writing and literacy support (HALL)

The Hub for Academic Literacy and Learning (HALL) site provides support for UWS students through online resources, tools and information to develop their academic reading and writing skills. Face-to-face support programs include Electronic Technology Program (ETP), Library Roving, writing workshops and the Skills for Study Program.

For more information, go to the Hub for Academic Literacy and Learning (HALL)

Online mathematics support (MESH)

The Mathematics Education Support Hub (MESH) provides UWS students with mathematics and statistics support at all stages in their courses of study. This website provides resources for students who want to:
  • revise or 'brush-up' on their basic mathematical skills
  • understand and practice the mathematical calculations underpinning their discipline area/s
  • gain statistical skills for their industry

Build your confidence in using mathematics by engaging in the activities provided on the MESH hub.

Access the Mathematics Education Support Hub (MESH).

Library resources

The Library has a range of online self-paced programs which can help improve reading, grammar and academic writing.

Modules included are:

Study, Money & Life Skills online workshops and iBooks

The Study, Money & Life Skills vUWS site and iBooks will help you increase your learning potential, develop personal awareness and assist with skills to manage your finances. It provides helpful information and resources for all students.

For more information visit the Study, Money and Life Skills page.

TheDesk online learning

TheDesk (opens in a new window)is an online program that provides strategies and skills for success, resilience and wellbeing. While TheDesk is particularly useful for those who are feeling stressed, TheDesk is for all students, not just those who identify as having problems. It is founded on the premise that all students can be resilient and successful. It focuses on strengths, with activities building on existing abilities of students.

TheDesk offers free access to online modules, tools, quizzes and resources, including a comprehensive Get Help section.

TheDesk was developed by Dr Helen Stallman (UQ), Professor David Kavanagh (QUT), and Associate Professor Alan Ralph (UQ) and funded by beyondblue.

Writing in Health Sciences and Nursing

Nursing Writing Online (opens in a new window) is an online program that provides nursing and health science students with a flexible learning environment to enhance their language and learning skills in writing academic discourse.

Higher Degree Research: Candidate Support and Resources

UWS offers a range of support and resources for higher degree research candidates such as workshops and training courses. 

For more information on the resources available for candidates, go to Candidate Support and Resources.

Library Study Smart

Study Smart Help

Study Smart advisors are available throughout the teaching sessions to help with your academic writing enquiries.

All the details, including times, are available on the Library Study Smart webpage (opens in a new window).

Peer support programs


Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is a free program where you work with other students to understand the content of your unit/s and develop various study strategies to help you improve your academic performance. Each PASS group is run by a student facilitator who has already successfully studied the unit.

For more information visit the PASS webpage.


PASSwrite is a discipline based reading and writing enrichment program where you can develop your academic writing skills and receive individual feedback on your writing. In a PASSwrite session, an experienced and successful student will give you hands-on writing and critical reading practice in a small group environment.

For more information visit the PASSwrite webpage.


Mentoring and Transition Equals Success(MATES) is a free mentoring program for first year students to help them connect with other new students and mentors in later years of study. The program is designed to help new students make friends, network with other students and gain knowledge and skills to settle into life at university.

For more information visit the MATES webpage.


Mathematics Education Support Hub (MESH)




Phone (02) 9852 5199 (02) 9852 5199



Phone (02) 4736 0849 (02) 4736 0849