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Study SMART – Build your skills in Writing and Referencing

by The Library on 2024-04-12T10:48:00+10:00 | 0 Comments

Mastering the different academic writing formats can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Our Study SMART guides show you step-by-step how to write an essay, report, literature review and many other writing formats you’ll be required to use at university.

Study SMART guides are user-friendly, so you can focus your efforts on your essay perspective and ideas knowing that you are using the correct academic writing structure.

How do you feel about referencing? Have you ever experienced that sinking feeling after completing an assignment, knowing the reference list awaits completion? If this is your least favourite part of an assignment, use Study SMART tips and techniques to make friends with referencing and learn how to reference as-you-go so that when you complete your writing, your reference list is also done!


Upcoming Study Smart Events

Register for these relevant StudySMART workshops below, or view all Study Smart Events:

Endnote: A Basic Introduction
Online. Wednesday, 17 April, 2024 @ 12:30pm - 1:30pm Register here

Endnote: Advanced Training
Online. Thursday, 18 April 2024 @ 12:30pm – 1:30pm Register here

Using Ideas and Evidence in Your Writing - Summarising, Paraphrasing and Citing
Online. Monday, 22 April 2024 @ 11:00am – 12:30pm Register here


Online how-to guides, tools and resources

Writing at university:

  • Study Smart Reading and Writing Guide (PDF) This how-to guide explains the different writing styles and formats like Essays , Reports, Case Studies, Reflective Writing, Literature Reviews and Annotated Bibliographies
  • Essay Drafting Tool This tool is designed to assist you to start your essay by guiding you through the writing process in clear, progressive stages. The Essay Drafting Tool can help you create a draft quickly and easily gather together your ideas, evidence and perspective to make writing an essay less stressful and more manageable.
  • Assignment Planner . Say goodbye to procrastination with the Assignment Planner, which calculates a timeline for your assignment into manageable stages. It offers step-by-step guidance and deadlines for completing each stage, to keep you on track, give you a dopamine boost and avoid last-minute panic.
  • Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) and your assignment – a guide
  • Academic Skills Pocket book. This is your go-to guide for study skills, academic writing, assignments and more. Get a quick understanding of the most important academic skills you'll need to get started at university or College.

Referencing at university:


Free Study Smart Appointments

Book a free personalised one-to-one study appointment for tailored support in:

  • Using referencing tools and guides to improve your referencing
  • Getting started with your assessment
  • Find information for your research and academic writing.
  • Support you with developing your search strategy
  • Guide you to relevant databases
  • Assist with EndNote and refer you to further help if needed
  • Connect you with resources to develop your academic writing and study skills
  • Connect you with tools and services that will keep you organised, save you time and reduce study stress.

Appointments are 20-minutes long and available online via Zoom and face-to-face on campus.

Book a Study SMART appointment on campus

Book a Study SMART appointment online


About Study Smart

Study Smart is a free service that provides you with a range of ways to complete uni work with more confidence and less stress. 

Each week we focus on a particular study skill and highlight workshops, events and one-to-one study appointments that will help you to build skills to distinguish yourself at university and beyond.

Study Smart can support you to build skills in: Reading & Writing / Speaking, Collaborating & Presenting / Information Skills / Digital Skills / Study Tips & Exam Success / Study with Integrity / Research Skills / Mathematics & Statistics.

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