Learning resources

All services are provided free to enrolled students.

Academic Interactive Resources portal (AIRport)

AIRport provides a range of online interactive materials to improve students' academic writing, study skills and transition to University.

  • Gate 1 includes quizzes, videos and information about transition, general study skills and academic writing
  • Gate 2 has a short course on developing academic writing. You can browse through the course and attempt most of the activities for which you will receive automated feedback. Students can also enrol in the course and will be allocated a tutor from Academic Skills who will send you personalised feedback via email. You will have 4 weeks to complete the activities before your enrolment expires. (University of Melbourne students only.)
  • Gate 3 includes discipline-specific resources for Commerce, Engineering, Environments, Science/Biomedicine and Arts Date: You can start any time (you then have four weeks to complete the exercises) Time: Any time of the day or night Venue: Gate 2 of the Academic Interactive Resources portal (AIRport)

Lunchtime academic skills seminars

Academic Skills and the Arts Student Centre, is offering a series of lunchtime Academic Skills seminars designed to support you in your studies. These seminars will run from Week 2 of the semester.

You can enrol for these seminars through the Academic Skills Community on the LMS.

  1. Access the LMS through the Student Portal, or via the LMS website
  2. If you haven't accessed Academic Skills before, you will need to click on the Enrol button
  3. Click on the Communities tab
  4. Navigate to Workshop and Short Course Enrolment and then Workshops for Arts Students, where you will find the full list of courses

Non-native English speakers

  • English as Second Langauge (ESL) class
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP) class

Before you sign up for a workshop via the Calendar, work out which EAP courses will best suit your needs by taking the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) self-diagnostic test.

Honours students

Academic Skills offers a series of workshops for honours students each year. Check the Academic Skills workshop calendar.

You will be learning how to write at a university level in first year. This takes time to get the hang of and you will gradually become aware of what standard and style is expected by each of your lecturers. You will discover how an English essay is different to an Anthropology essay, for example.

You will receive guidance about writing during lectures and tutorials and you can always contact tutors and lecturers with any questions you have. The feedback you get on assessment tasks early in semester is also a good guide. The department in which your subject is taught may have an essay-writing guide for first-year students. Ask your tutor about this.

Due to time constraints, your lecturer or tutor is not able to read through draft essays and provide feedback. An academic adviser at Academic Skills can do this. This service is free to all students and you can see an academic adviser up to four times per semester. They can help you analyse an essay question or work out an assignment plan. They can give you feedback on your first draft, help you to develop your argument and improve your academic writing style.

If you are disappointed with your marks, keep in mind that most students get lower marks in their first year at university than they got in Year 12. You are being measured against people who have done well at school and gone on to further study. This means that you can get worse marks without doing worse work.

Also, people take time to get their heads around new skills and University is different to school. You need to do your best to figure out how it is different and your tutors and academic advisors can help. You will have all year to develop these skills as prospective employers and academics will look at marks only if that is important to their selection process. It is the later year marks that normally count in their decisions. This does not mean you can afford to waste your first year! It means that you can use it to learn how to do as well as possible next year.