In-semester Study Support

These programs offer a range of activities to assist you with your learning and studying during the semester.


Do you have the academic skills you need to achieve at uni? Click on the modules below to find out what you need to know, learn great tips, see examples of important skills at work, try out your skills, and find links to further resources.

Drop-in Learning Support with PLAs

PLAs (Peer Learning Advisers) are experienced students who host a drop-in desk located in the University’s library locations, who can help you get on top of your study. PLAs are very friendly and come from many disciplines; e.g. Health Sciences, Business or Education.

Drop-in to see us; we can help you with:

  • assignment writing
  • learning skills such as time-management, research skills and giving presentations
  • some maths and statistics (limited times available)

Semester 1 PLA Timetable

Please note: PLA's are located in the University's libraries.


Weeks 2-3: Monday – Friday 11am-2pm

Weeks 4-12: Monday – Thursday 10am-4pm and Fridays 10am-1pm


Weeks 1-3: Monday – Friday, 11am -2pm

Weeks 4-12: Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm


Weeks 1-13 Monday – Thursday 10am – 4pm and Fridays 12 -2pm


Weeks 1-12, Monday – Friday, 11am – 3pm

Multi-disciplinary undergraduate “Shut up and write”: Wednesday 17:00 – 18:30


Weeks 1-12 Monday – Friday 11am – 2pm

Peer-Supported Learning in Disciplines

Join a discipline specific peer-lead study group to get the most out of your studies. Peer Learning Advisors (PLAs) with recent experience of studying in specific discipline areas are running study support workshops each week (starting in week 2) during the semester. You can join the entire semester long program or attend a particular workshop that interests you.

Simply come along to one of these weekly sessions. Ask your local PLAs for more information on this program.

You can also check out the following self-paced resources:

Strategies for academic success – Business

Strategies for academic success – Humanities

Strategies for academic success – Health Sciences

 Arts and Humanities


Health Science


Shepparton (weeks 4 -9)




 Social Work

Albury-Wodonga (weeks 4-9)
Arts and Humanities


Health Sciences

Science (weeks 3-4)
Mildura (weeks 3-13)

Social Work



Smart Thinking

Smarthinking is an on-demand online tutoring service covering writing skills, English language, maths, and core academic concepts from a range of disciplines. The service includes assignment feedback, live tutoring, question submission and information boards. Feedback is provided within 24 hours, with live maths assistance available 24/7.

Smarthinking is accessible in a selected number of subjects from a link, which is embedded into subject LMS sites. Please ask your tutor about this service.

Communication Skills Check-Up

Get feedback on how to develop your communication skills for success at uni and beyond.

Do Unilang

Referencing Help

Universities are very careful about acknowledging where information and ideas come from. This means that the use of other people’s ideas in your work needs to be referenced. Different areas of study have specific ways of referencing, all of which require practice and take time to master. Become more proficient and confident by getting the referencing help you need.

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Postgraduate Help

We support postgraduate students by offering a range of additional services, depending on whether you are a Postgraduate Coursework or Higher Degree Research (HDR) student.