Make yourself futureproof with our Academic Skills Workbook

You’re probably at uni with an ultimate aim to build your future career.

However, with an overload of lectures, readings, assessments and the like, you may find it easy to get caught up in the study haze and forget about the bigger picture.

We’re here to help keep you on track and ensure you develop the skills you’ll require for the future workforce.

We’ve created an Academic Skills Workbook to smooth the road for your success as you move toward your exciting future careers. It is designed to help you develop and apply academic, information and digital literacy skills.

As you work through the Academic Skills Workbook, you’ll also have the opportunity to incorporate the skills you’ve developed into an ePortfolio. This means you can document your credentials and skills online. You can even create folios targeted to particular audiences, such as employers, to showcase your skills. 

The Academic Skills Workbook has been broken into five sub Workbooks:

  1. 1. Academic Literacies
  2. 2. Information Literacies
  3. 3. Digital Literacies
  4. 4. ePortfolios
  5. 5. Professional Networks.

If you’re a commencing student, you’ll probably want to start at the beginning and work through the contents. Continuing students, you may like to jump to specific areas to revise and further develop your skills.

The Academic Skills Workbook is accessible via PebblePad. You can view our online guides if you need any help in getting started using PebblePad.


Make yourself futureproof: Hone your academic, information and digital literacy skills

You’re probably at uni with an ultimate aim to get employed in a particular field. With an overload of lectures, readings, assessments and the like though, you may find it easy to get caught up in the study haze and forget about the bigger picture.

We’re here to help keep you on track and ensure you develop the skills you’ll require for the future workforce.

We’ve created an Academic Skills Workbook designed to help you develop and apply academic, information and digital literacy skills, and smooth the road for your success as you move toward your exciting future careers.

As you work through the Academic Skills Workbook, you’ll also have the opportunity to incorporate the skills you’ve developed into an ePortfolio. This means you can document your credentials and skills online, and even create folios targeted to particular audiences, such as employers, to showcase your skills.

The Academic Skills Workbook has been broken into five sub Workbooks:

  • Academic Literacies
  • Information Literacies
  • Digital Literacies
  • ePortfolios
  • Professional Networks.

If you’re a commencing student, you’ll probably want to start at the beginning and work through the contents. Continuing students, you may like to jump to specific areas to revise and further develop your skills.

The Academic Skills Workbook is accessible via PebblePad. You can view our online guides if you need any help in getting started using PebblePad.


Assignment trouble? We can help!

Is your assignment a dog's breakfast? Learning Adviser's can help.

Is your assignment a dog’s breakfast? Learning Adviser’s can help.

Is your essay a bit of a dog’s breakfast? There is an argument in there somewhere, but you can’t seem to find it. You might just need some professional help (no, not that kind).

Book a 20-minute Academic Skills Consultation with a Learning Adviser. Learning Advisers are professional educators who can work with you to help achieve academic goals. High distinctions, here we come!

They are located on each campus and can help you improve the structure of written assignments, organise ideas, develop arguments and understand the expectations of university study.

Learning Advisers can also advise you on issues related to academic writing, exam preparation, time management and other academic skills

Individual and small group consultations are offered throughout the year. Appointments are necessary and can be booked online.

Please bring along your assignment question, student identification card, course profile, assignment marking criteria sheet and other relevant course materials.

Bookings for consultations will typically open on the Wednesday before the week of the session. Book an Academic Skills Consultation today.


This Week in the Library – Week 6

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Endnote can easily insert intext citations and a reference list into your assignment; in just a couple of clicks. And we can show you how to do it. Book into an EndNote for Windows (2 hours) or EndNote for Mac (2 hours) this week.

Library and Learning Services workshops are FREE and available to all students, HDR candidates and staff. To view the entire workshop timetable, please visit the Workshops and Training web page.

Academic Skills

All sessions are one hour in length unless specified. Booking is optional for Academic Skills Workshops.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Wed 31/8 1.00 Setting up your own topic or research question * (PG) Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast
Wed 31/8 2.00 Writing a postgraduate literature review *(PG) Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast
Wed 31/8 3.00 Building an academic argument *(PG) Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast

*postgraduate workshop

Library Skills

Bookings are required for all library workshops. All sessions are one hour in length unless specified.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tues 30/8 12.00 Referencing Webinar Online
Wed 31/8 10.00 Endnote for Mac (2 hours) Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast
Thurs 1/9 12.00 Researching for your assignment Webinar Online

Higher Degree Research

This series of workshops is targeted to support Higher Degree Candidates through all stages of the research lifecycle. Bookings are required for all HDR workshops.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 29/8 10.00 Get published (1.5 hours) Library (N53_1.49) Nathan
Wed 31/8 1.00 EndNote for Mac (2 hours) Webb Centre (S02_3.13) South Bank
Thurs 1/9 10.00 Managing your resources to begin writing your literature review (1.5 hours)  Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast
Fri 2/9 10.00 EndNote for Windows (2 hours) Library (N53_1.50) Nathan

This Week in the Library – Week 5

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Do your knees wobble at the very thought of doing an oral presentation? Being prepared can help! Attend a workshop on Oral presentations and learn how to improve your presentation skills. There’s a session at both the Gold Coast and Nathan campus this week. Book now.

Library and Learning Services workshops are FREE and available to all students, HDR candidates and staff. To view the entire workshop timetable, please visit the Workshops and Training web page.

Academic Skills

All sessions are one hour in length unless specified. Booking is optional for Academic Skills Workshops.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 22/8 10.00 Writing a reflective assignment Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast
Mon 22/8 1.00 Oral presentations Library (N53_1.51) Nathan
Wed 24/8 1.00 Oral presentations Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast
Wed 24/8 4.00 Building an academic argument Library (N53_1.51) Nathan

Library Skills

Bookings are required for all library workshops. All sessions are one hour in length unless specified.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 2/8 10:00 Endnote for Windows (2 hours) Library (N53_1.50) Nathan
Wed 24/8 12.00 Researching for your assignment Webinar Online
Thurs 25/8 12.00 Researching for your assignment Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast

Higher Degree Research

This series of workshops is targeted to support Higher Degree Candidates through all stages of the research lifecycle. Bookings are required for all HDR workshops.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tues 23/8 10.00 Digital tools for research (1.5 hours) Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast
Wed 24/8 10.00 EndNote for Windows (2 hours) Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast
Thurs 25/8 1.00 Managing your resources to begin writing your literature review (1.5 hours)  Library (N53_1.51) Nathan

Love My Library

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Your library gives you such a great advantage with study – and we mean more than just the books!

Are you new to university study?  Please come in and see the amazing people at the library counter to help guide and direct you to all the services the library offers.

Workshops that include Strategies for study at universityAcademic Writing, Getting ready to research,  Reading and note-taking and Referencing.  All these workshops are there to help you start your degree with the best chance to finish.  Research suggests the more a first-year undergraduate is involved with their library, the higher their grades and are more likely to keep studying1.

Griffith students gave an overwhelming positive response to our workshops and consultations with 97% felt the work shops helped with their studies and 92% said they would recommend library workshops to others.  Evidence also suggests that students who use their libraries are also more likely to outperform those who do not2.

Check out what the library can do for you!

1Krista, S., Fransen, J., & Nackerud, S. (2013). Library use and undergraduate student outcomes: new evidence for student’s retention and academic success. Libraries and the Academy, 13(2), 147-64. doi: 10.1353/pla.2013.0010

2 Jantti, M. & Cox, B. (2013). Measuring the Value of Library Resources and Student Academic Performance through Relational Datasets. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 8(2), 163-171.


This Week in the Library – Week 4

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Need to brush up on your referencing skills? Attend our FREE Referencing workshops!

We are holding sessions at Nathan, Gold Coast, South Bank and Logan this week. Can’t make it? There’s a Referencing webinar on Monday.

Library and Learning Services workshops are FREE and available to all students, HDR candidates and staff. To view the entire workshop timetable, please visit the Workshops and Training web page.

Academic Skills

All sessions are one hour in length unless specified. Booking is optional for Academic Skills Workshops.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 15/8 10.00 Academic writing Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast
Mon 15/8 1.00 Writing with academic integrity Library (N53_1.51) Nathan
Tue 16/8 11.00 Writing with academic integrity Library (M13_2.09) Mt Gravatt
Wed 17/8 1.00 Writing with academic integrity Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast
Wed 17/8 4.00 Writing a postgraduate literature review Library (N53_1.51) Nathan
Thu 18/8 11.00 Writing with academic integrity Library (S03_2.25F) South Bank
Fri 19/8 10.00 Writing with academic integrity Library (N53_1.51) Nathan

Library Skills

Bookings are required for all library workshops. All sessions are one hour in length unless specified.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 15/8 12.00 Referencing Library (S03_2.25F) South Bank
Mon 15/8 12.00 Referencing Webinar Online
Tues 16/8 10:00 Endnote for Windows (2 hours) Hub Link (L07_3.08) Logan
Tues 16/8 12.00 Researching for your assignment Webinar Online
Tues 16/8 10.00 Referencing Library (G10_2.09) Gold Coast
Tues 16/8 2.00 Referencing Hub Link (L07_3.08) Logan
Thurs 18/8 11.00 Referencing Library (N53_1.49) Nathan
Thurs 18/8 2.00 Referencing Library (G10_2.09) Gold Coast
Fri 19/8 12.00 Referencing Webinar Online

Higher Degree Research

This series of workshops is targeted to support Higher Degree Candidates through all stages of the research lifecycle. Bookings are required for all HDR workshops.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 15/8 10.00 EndNote for Mac (2 hours) Library (N53_1.50) Nathan
Wed 17/8 1.00 Copyright for research and publishing (1.5 hours) Library (N53_1.51) Nathan
Wed 17/8 1.00 Digital tools for research (1.5 hours) Webb Centre (S02_3.13) South Bank
Fri 19/8 9.30 Online Research Survey Tool (3 hours) Hub Link (L07_3.08) Logan