Individual Appointments with Academic Skills
How can I book an appointment?
Appointments can be booked via the student services booking system up to two weeks in advance. The service is popular, so book your appointments early (1 or 1 ½ weeks before you want the appointment is a good idea).
I’m having trouble booking an appointment. What can I do?
Be sure you’re searching for a date within the next two weeks. Appointments are available in the system two weeks in advance, so don’t look further into the future than two weeks. Booking an appointment 1 or 1 ½ weeks in advance is a good idea.
Remember you can have an individual appointment at any location. If your preferred location doesn’t have any appointments available within the next two weeks, start your search again using a different location.
Students often cancel appointments when they get a reminder email the night before, so if you are looking for a last-minute appointment, check the booking system between 8 and 9 in the morning. There will often be appointments available somewhere for that day.
Who will I see?
Your appointment will be with an Academic Skills adviser.
Where are appointments held?
Various locations across Parkville and Southbank (you choose the location in the student services appointment booking system).
Which location should I choose?
You can have an individual appointment at any location.
But remember, if you choose a location you are less familiar with, please allow yourself enough travel time and time to find the room.
If you choose an appointment at Southbank, it may take up to 30 minutes to travel between Parkville (near Carlton) and Southbank (near the Royal Botanic Gardens).
When checking availability at different locations, also note that if your preferred location doesn’t have any appointments available within the next two weeks, you will need start your search again using a different location.
What can I see an Academic Skills adviser about?
Anything connected to your academic work i.e. reading, time management, academic writing, exam preparation, language development etc.
What kinds of questions can I ask them?
Anything related to your academic work that is not content specific.
- “How can I develop my language skills”
- “Have I demonstrated my critical analysis in this paper?”
- “How can I best prepare for my exams?”
- “I’d like to better integrate sources into my writing. How can I go about this?”
What if I don’t have a full draft paper ready?
You don’t need to have a complete piece of writing. We can see you at any stage of the writing process, discuss how you can improve so that you can transfer what you have learnt to the remainder of your paper and your other assignments.
What should I bring with me to the appointment?
Bring a printed copy of your work, the task instructions and assessment criteria. There is no need to attach your document to the booking as we don’t allow pre-reading time before your appointment.
What can I expect from my appointment?
Be prepared to ask specific questions about your work and consider how the strategies you learn in your appointment can be applied to other papers.
Advisers and Peer Writing Mentors do not proofread writing – rather, we identify areas for development so that you can continue to develop your academic skills independently.
Is there anything I can’t get help on?
We only work with matters directly related to your university studies. For example, we do not offer advice related to taking an IELTS test, take-home exam papers and on assessment related to credit-bearing ESL subjects offered by the School of Languages & Linguistics and the Hawthorn English Language Centre.
How many Academic Skills appointments can I book?
You can have up to four appointments per semester, but not more than one per week.
How many times can I bring the same piece of work to an Academic Skills appointment?
You can bring the same piece of work to two appointments. This includes group work assignments.
Can I bring my classmates or group members to an Academic Skills appointment?
Yes. If you and a small number (3-4) of classmates or group members have similar questions, you are welcome to come together. Please note that for group work, you cannot book more than one appointment in one week for the same assignment.
How long do the appointments go for?
Booked appointments are 25 minutes each.
When are Academic Skills booked appointments available?
All year (except University Holidays), 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday
I hear there are also Academic Writing Drop-ins available at the libraries on the Parkville campus. How are they different from the booked appointments?
The Academic Writing Drop-ins are for quick academic writing feedback from a Peer Writing Mentor. They run for 15 minutes and are available from week 3 to SWOT Vac, from 12 noon to 6.00 pm, Monday-Friday.
You don’t need to book in advance. Just come along with a printed copy of your work, be prepared to ask specific questions and apply what you learn to the rest of your paper.
You can ask quick questions such as:
- “Does my introduction match the essay question?”
- “I’ve drafted an essay outline – is it logical?”
- “I’m having to write a literature review for the first time. How should I structure it?”
Academic Writing Drop-in locations are advertised here: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/3rt6
How do I cancel my appointment?
You can cancel appointments by visiting book a student services appointment and clicking ‘Modify/Cancel an existing booking’ and selecting the ‘trash’ icon under ‘Actions’ on the right hand side of the screen. Try to cancel as soon as you can so that another student can take your place.
Here are a few additional tips to help:
- If you’re having trouble finding these icons, try a different browser or device.
- If your Australian mobile number is up to date in the system, you will receive a reminder text and can cancel by replying to that.
- To update your contact details go to the ‘Student admin’ tab in my.unimelb
Remember, you don’t need to cancel because you don’t yet have a finished draft. You don’t need to have a complete piece of writing. We can see you at any stage of the writing process, discuss how you can improve so that you can transfer what you have learnt to the remainder of your paper and your other assignments.