Do you get flooded with iLearn related queries from your students? Do you wish your students would submit assignments that have a stronger argument, are more coherent, or are just plain readable?!

If you answered yes to either of these questions, we have good news for you! Learning Skills are excited to announce two new peer support programs available in Semester 2.


Ask an iGuide

iGuide peer leaders help students extend their online skills for learning. They can assist with using iLearn more effectively, including accessing unit readings and assessment information, submitting assignments, understanding Turnitin, and contributing to discussion forums. They can also answer basic questions about MS Word, PPT and Excel, and refer students to the appropriate place for help on other MQ systems such as eStudent.

Students can chat to an iGuide from 12pm to 3pm in the Library (Monday to Friday), and at Faculty Student Service Desks from 12pm to 3pm on the days shown below:

  • Faculty of Arts Student Service Desk – Monday
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering Student Service Desk – Tuesday
  • Macquarie Business School Service Desk – Wednesday
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Service Desk – Thursday
  • Faculty of Human Sciences Service Desk — Friday

Tell your students about the iGuide program


WriteWISE

The WriteWISE program connects MQ students with specially recruited and trained peer writing leaders. The program has been in place since S2, 2016, but will see a significant expansion this session, including the addition of new group-based writing sessions. 

Students can chat to a WriteWISE leader at our Library drop-in desk and/or join a weekly writing group:

WriteWISE drop-in desk

All coursework students (UG and PG) can get help unpacking their assessment task or receive feedback on their draft assignment from WriteWISE Leaders, who understand how to structure academic writing in the various disciplines and can respond to students from a peer perspective.

Where: Library Info Desk (Level 2)

When: Mon – Thurs 11am to 5pm + Fri 11am to 4pm from Week 3 onwards

Who: All UG and PG coursework students

Shut up & WriteWISE

For those students who find it hard to motivate themselves to sit and write their assignment, these one-hour weekly writing sessions aim to use goal-setting to maximise students’ productivity in a social environment. Free snacks are also provided!

Where: Library Training Room M4.03 (Level 4)

When: Mon@11am, Tues@1pm, Wed@11am, Thurs@12pm, Fri@2pm

Who: All UG and PG coursework students

Tell your students about WriteWISE


For more information on these initiatives or to find out more about the learning support resources offered by Learning Skills, please email learningskills@mq.edu.au

Posted by Joshua Dymock

Manager, Learning Skills

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