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Academic Writing

This guide provides information about academic writing resources

Academic Skills Centre

Whether you are a new or continuing student,  there are support services are available to assist you with academic skills.

For assistance at any time, access the Academic Skills Centre. This is a community site with information on where to go for help, attend a workshops or drop in session, and contact learning advisers for help. There are workshops for academic and English language skills and unit specific workshops to assist you with assessments and your university study.

Academic Tipsheets

For tips and advice on a range of topics from essay writing to time management, please visit the Academic Tip Sheet library.

Blackboard Academic Skills Community Site

For help at any time, log into into Blackboard Learning Management system with your ECU Login and password and click on the Academic Skills link in the communities section.

  1. Explore this site by clicking on the links under 'What's on'.  Watch this space regularly, for semester information.
  2. Attend relevant sessions that are advertised on this site. Most sessions start in week 2 of semester.
  3. Contact a learning adviser if you have any questions. Our generic email addresses are: (ML and Joondalup queries) and (Bunbury queries)
  4. Commit. Ensure to add relevant sessions to your weekly timetable. Allocating time to develop your communication skills will translate into more confidence, less anxiety, better grades, and higher employability, both now and into the future.
  5. Access Academic skills resources by clicking on the links under 'Academic skills resources'.


ECU Learning Advisers

At ECU, each school have staff dedicated to providing study and academic support to students. Learning Advisers from the Centre for Learning and Teaching can work with you to develop your academic and communication skills.

They offer several learning support services including:

  • Academic Skills Workshops
  • Assignment drop-ins
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) workshops and drop-ins
  • English language workshops

More information about these services as well as access to a range of resources is available from the Academic Skills Centre Blackboard site under My Communities.

For assistance, you can contact a learning adviser by email: or the Learning Adviser in your study area

ECU Library Guides

Research assistance and useful resources in a guide, compiled by your friendly librarians. Know what we know - find it in the Library Guides!

The following links will direct you to library guides that are designed to assist with the development of academic skills.

Library Workshops and Events

ECU Library offers a variety of workshops and events during the Academic year. 

The workshops are designed to help save you time and become more proficient in researching and using the ECU Library and its resources.

Please browse the Library Workshops guide to see what's on offer at a campus near you and register your interest to attend.

Subject Librarians

Subject librarians assist teaching staff and students in making the best use of the library and information resources for teaching and learning needs and have created Library Guides for each subject area. Subject librarians provide teaching staff and higher degree by research students specialised research support and deliver library-related sessions tailored to teaching units and student needs.

To contact a Librarian, email with your enquiry or visit the Subject Librarian page from the Library website.

SALT (Student Assistance with Learning Technologies)

SALT help is available to students needing technology support with Blackboard, PebblePad, Turnitin, MS Word and assignment presentations. SALT help is available at your campus library between 12pm - 2pm during semester.

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions)

PASS is a FREE academic support program for selected units. It is a super-charged study group!

Sessions are led by a second or third year student who has successfully completed the unit with high marks and focus on integrating course content (what to learn) with critical thinking and study skills (how to learn).

PASS provides all students enrolled in the unit with a friendly, focused and active learning environment where you work together to better understand unit content and help you study effectively.

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