Learning Hubs are welcoming, collaborative spaces that provide academic skill development and advice; assistance with transition to study; and a range of activities and programs that build on and enhance what you learn in the classroom.

All our services are available online, and we have 24/7 online advice and support through Learning Hub Tutoring.

Whether you’re studying at VU Polytechnic, a bachelor degree or postgraduate studies, we’ve got something for you. Offering workshops, drops-ins, study groups and 'Essential Activities' to all our students, we help you build your skills these areas and more:

  • academic writing
  • maths skills
  • research and referencing
  • video skills.

Dedicated Learning Advisors and Librarians help design our services and resources, and Student Mentors offer invaluable support and guidance.

Log in to Learning Hub with your student ID and password, to do the following:

  • find and book Essential Activities
  • view drop-in session schedules
  • sign up for workshops
  • read additional resources
  • access 24/7 online support
  • search for work on our jobs board
  • find a postgraduate group discussion.

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Workshops & drop-in sessions

We run workshops and drop-ins regularly for all VU students. You can find drop-in times, and book and access workshops through Learning Hub Online and the VU App. Simply download the VU App, head to the VU tab and Search LH for the topic you need help with.

Drop-in sessions don't require bookings. They run daily on topics such as literacy, numeracy, research, referencing, communication and presentation skills.

Essential Activities for higher education students

Build and develop your skills to achieve better grades and enhance your learning. Essential Activities are designed to support you through your study journey and prepare you for the world of work.

In your first year of study, you'll complete Study Essentials, starting with Academic Writing and Numeracy. After that, you'll choose your activities, guided by your teachers, to suit your current unit of study and general study needs. You can find session details on the the VU App or Learning Hub online.

In your second and middle years you'll complete Course Essentials, a series of online modules designed to build on your first year and support you through assessment tasks and your course.

In your third and final years you’ll complete Future Essentials modules, further enhancing skills and helping you to prepare for careers and future study.

Download the VU App and connect your Learning Hub to access all your Essential Activities.

  • Academic writing: Learn the basics of writing at a university level. You will be guided through the process of unpacking assignment questions, planning and structuring written responses, and incorporating evidence into your work. You will also produce a discipline-specific reference sheet to assist you throughout your studies.
  • Numeracy: Choose Numeracy A or B, depending on your course. Reflect and build on your current mathematical skills essential to your field of study. You will identify and utilise methods and tools to solve mathematical problems, and create a discipline-specific maths reference sheet to assist you throughout your studies.
  • Great presentations: Enhance your skills and confidence by building structured yet engaging presentations that convey ideas and connect with a range of audiences. You will also produce a reference sheet to assist you throughout your studies.
  • Inquiry: Developed by the Library to teach you how to search for information and identify credible sources to use in an academic setting. You will create strategies to locate and use discipline-specific key resources such as scholarly databases, e-books, e-journals and web resources. You will also be introduced to the concept of academic integrity including referencing, and create your own resource of tips and useful online guides.
  • Time management: Juggling your studies, work and personal life can be tricky! After this session, you’ll have learned a series of useful tools and strategies for effective time management, which can be utilised in both academic and professional life.
  • Wellbeing: In this Study Essential, we’ll focus on key aspects of wellbeing, including self-management and self-reflection. You will learn how to identify and manage stress through a range of techniques and resources, including the Gibbs reflective model, mindfulness practice and VU support services.
  • Video skills: More than just using Zoom, in this activity, we’ll introduce you to concepts and skills related to video production and screencasting. You will be introduced to the critical elements involved in producing a high-quality video using your mobile phone, such as scripting, lighting, shot composition and sound. You will also be guided through the process of recording an impactful screencast using the online video creation and sharing platform Panopto.
  • Digital literacy: More relevant today than ever before! Be introduced to the skills and tools that underpin professional practice in the 21st century.

  • Unpacking assignment questions: Learn to understand different types of assignments, identify key words in the assignment question, use rubrics, analyse the question, research and brainstorm, and plan your writing.
  • Critical thinking Discover essential tools for critical thinking and discuss ideas as a group. Find out how to apply critical thinking to academic work and media reports. 
  • Presentation skills: Get practical tools for presentations in the classroom and the workplace. Explore key features of a great presentation and learn about the benefits of clear and effective verbal communication.
  • Report writing (by discipline): Develop report writing skills at a second-year level in your area of study, with key information, tips and tools to assist you.
  • Academic writing principles: Develop your academic writing skills, exploring evidence-based arguments, originality, and understanding and using academic language. 
  • Essay writing: Explore key elements of a well-written essay. Learn to identify different types of essay questions, understand the expectations of the question, and structure your response.
  • Reflective writing: Key methods and tips for reflective writing, which is key to some professions.
  • WIL workshop: Introduction Work Integrated Learning (WIL), covering its benefits and your rights and responsibilities, as well as interview preparation.
  • WIL module: Prepare for WIL, including understanding workplace professional behaviours and ethics, essential resources and tips on making the most out of the WIL experience. 
  • LH Tutoring: Learn about our 24/7 online support service where you can access one-to-one tutoring, work in groups on assignments, and submit work for feedback within 24 hours.
  • Presentation skills: Develop skills for advanced PowerPoint and other tools, including design principles and using creative commons.
  • Maths & Stats – Engineering & Science: Enhance your maths skills for the technical fields of expertise in your specialisation. 
  • Maths & Stats– Health & Biomedicine: Develop maths skills for the healthcare industry.
  • Maths & Stats – Sport & Exercise Science: Strengthen your maths skills for careers in sport and exercise science. Investigate and build intuition for the numerical aspects of everyday physical activities.
  • Microsoft Excel (Intermediate): Learn spreadsheet functions, keyboard functions and shortcuts, and layout.
  • Microsoft Word (Intermediate): Find out about formatting and keyboard shortcuts, using the Equation Editor, working with images, creating Tables of Figures and Table of Contents.
  • Referencing – Harvard: In-depth look at referencing journal articles, books, and websites using the Harvard style.
  • Referencing – APA: Find out about referencing books, journal articles and websites with activities and a quiz to test your understanding of the APA referencing style.
  • Software Guidance – MATLAB: Introduction to coding in MATLAB through an online interface or locally installed software. Practice commonly used scientific coding functions, and learn best practice through interactions with online tools, shareable code and online coding communities.
  • Software Guidance – SolidWorks: A practical guide to SolidWorks modelling, including strategic solid modelling and design intent, reviewing open SolidWorks models, and examples of design portfolios (CAD).

  • Digital citizenship: Extend the skills you learnt through Study and Course Essentials. In this module you’ll be asked, “What does digital citizenship mean to you?”. Build your understanding of your current digital footprint, digital safety and how to interact in digital environments as an ethical digital citizen.
  • Literature reviews: Learn how to locate, critically review and structure available literature within the relevant context. You’ll produce a mini-literature review which you can add to your e-portfolio.
  • Data & statistics: You’ll learn to correctly apply statistical models and SPSS statistical tools to analyse data, interpret results and make decisions involving real world scenarios in your study and professional careers.
  • Advanced communication skills: How do you demonstrate effective communication skills? In this module, you’ll develop the skills to communicate with evidence, reflect on your personal communication style and establish effective negotiation and constructive feedback methods.

Services & activities for TAFE students

The Learning Hub provides a range of Study Essential workshops and regular drop-in sessions to assist with:

  • Academic writing
  • Maths skills
  • Research and referencing
  • Video and digital skills.

We understand that there are different academic skills needed for Vocational Education and TAFE students so our team of Learning Advisors work with teaching staff to ensure our materials, resources and content is relevant to your study level.

You also have access to Learning Hub Tutoring, our 24/7 online advice and support service where you can submit your assessments for feedback with a 24 hour turnaround time.

Postgraduate & research students

The Learning Hub offers writing groups, workshops and drop-in sessions tailored to postgraduate and research students.

Postgraduate & Research Writing Groups are small groups lead by a Learning Advisor where you can improve writing and research skills. Find a time that suits you at the Learning Hub website.

Hacky Hour is a weekly informal drop-in where research students discuss data and digital tools to help identify strategies for success in research. Drop in to a Hacky Hour session to discuss:

  • collecting and managing data
  • fixing bugs
  • coding
  • scripts.

Connect to a session via the Learning Hub Activities on VU Collaborate Zoom Classroom and browse Learning Hub online for more sessions and resources.

Meet your Learning Advisors

Our friendly and experienced Learning Advisors are here to support you through your assessments and help you build your academic skills.

Nand – Maths

I’m Nand, a Learning Advisor (Maths). I have a range of qualifications in physics, maths and education, together with a PhD in Optoelectronics. My educational philosophy is that all students learn differently to achieve their maximum potential. Thus, I am currently researching teaching of difficult key concepts in maths and physics by designing concrete interactive materials to enhance the learning processes.

You’ll see me conducting Numeracy A, Numeracy B, LANTITE and Time Management workshops, and Maths, Physics and Biomechanics drop in sessions. Outside of my work within the Learning Hub, I’m either playing cricket or watching Rugby Union matches.

I look forward to seeing you either in our Zoom classroom or on campus!


Elizabeth – Maths

I am Elizabeth, Mathematics Learning Advisor by day, while also currently pursuing a PhD (Artificial Intelligence). Armed with my Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) and Graduate Certificate in Teaching, plus 15 years' teaching, I have strong understanding of student learning, including communication and accessibility support.

Bring friends and visit me in Mathematics Drop-Ins, where students from any discipline come for numeracy, mathematics, statistics, and computing help. Seek us out in preparation for LANTITE or numeracy tests or book into our Numeracy workshops. Also ask me about Hacky Hour for foundational data, statistics and computing (Excel, Matlab, SPSS, R, Python) advice.

Calc-u-LATERz


Ghofran – Maths

I have combined more than ten years’ experience as a Maths Learning Advisor, Council Member of Victoria University, Laboratory Assistant/Demonstrator, Tutor and Connected Learning Officer, and a PhD in Materials/Chemical Science.

I have a strong desire to make a positive difference in students’ lives to transform any opportunity to success. My years of personal experience have provided me with an exceptional experience that enables me to:

  • develop students' maths/chemistry skills
  • communicate with students from diverse background
  • influence and inspire students to build self-confidence, and meet challenges
  • listen to difficulties students face in their studies
  • help students to develop self-responsibility, be independent learners and stay focused.

Giang – Maths & business

I am a Business and Math Learning Advisor at VU Learning Hub.

I also work as a Sessional Lecturer and Unit Coordinator at VU Business School. I hold a bachelor degree in International Business Management (Foreign Trade University, Vietnam), a masters degree in International Law and Economics (University of Bern, Switzerland) and a PhD in Management (Victoria University, Australia). I can assist with general business, mathematics, statistics, systematic literature review and using data analysis software (SPSS and NVivo).

Annie – Writing, presentations & time management

My name’s Annie, and I'm a Learning Advisor in writing with a Bachelor of Arts; Grad Dip in Creative Arts; Postgrad Dip in Teaching, as well as a sadly unfinished masters thesis. Many years ago, here at VU, I lectured in theatre; however, these days, you’ll find me at writing drop-ins as well as running Academic Writing, Time Management and Great Presentations workshops.

Whatever the level of a student, be it foundation, first year or PHD, I relish supporting that student to advance their academic writing to the next level and I look forward to meeting and assisting you soon!


Doug – Wellbeing, presentations & time management

I'm Doug Tasic, AKA Dougtastic, and I joined Victoria University with an extensive career within Talent Acquisition and Training.

I am available to help students with Presentations and Communication Skills via drop ins, or you can catch me in one of my engaging workshops focusing on Wellbeing, Time Management and Great Presentations.

When I am not on the clock, you can find me in the park learning how to cartwheel, trying to find clothes for tall people or riding my bike to the point of exhaustion.


Grace – Writing, wellbeing, presentations & time management

Hello! I’m Grace, one of your Learning Advisors for Writing. In a past life, I worked in Student Success and Engagement where I coached online students to pursue learning goals, and collaborated with retention, wellbeing, and academic staff on the provision of outreach support.

I hold a BA (English Literature, History), a Professional Certificate in Positive Psychology, and I’m studying my Master’s (Social Work).

For me, the joy of being a Learning Advisor is seeing students take ownership of their learning and writing process, steadily develop their skills and confidence through practice.

Find me hosting Writing Drop-Ins and study Essentials for Academic Writing, Wellbeing, Time Management and Great Presentations.


Karen – Writing

Greetings! I’m Karen Sievewright, Learning Advisor in Writing.

I enjoy working with students to encourage them to enjoy the learning process, to feel motivated to deepen their understanding, and to believe in their ability. I have a keen interest in humanities, social sciences, social justice and environmental sustainability. For leisure I love getting lost in a good book and going to music festivals.

Currently I deliver several interactive workshops; I recommend Academic Writing for the development of foundational skills. I welcome all students to our Writing Drop-ins, it is an opportunity for you to hone in on specific, individual needs.


Lynette – Writing, wellbeing, presentations & time management

Hi! I’m Lyn, a Learning Advisor – Writing.

I joined the Learning Hub team in 2018, after seven years teaching Literature and Creative Writing in the College of Arts and Education at VU. I am passionate about supporting students to build the skills, confidence and curiosity to help them thrive at university and beyond.

You’ll find me running Writing Drop-in sessions and workshops in Academic Writing, Wellbeing, Great Presentations and Time Management. When on campus, you may also find me trying to perfect my backspin at the table tennis tables in Building P.


Nicholas – Writing

Hi, I’m Nick, Learning Advisor – Writing. I hold a BA in Communication (Writing and Cultural Studies), a GradCert in TESOL, a Grad Dip in Commerce and a Master of Social Science (Counselling specialisation).

Before commencing with VU in early 2018, I worked in various roles in the ELICOS and VET sectors, including English-language teaching and student welfare. Helping students to become more confident and independent is my goal as a Learning Advisor. I run workshops on Academic Writing, Presentation Skills, and Video Skills. When I’m not working or child wrangling (I have three daughters) I enjoy reading, watching movies and playing guitar (badly).


Sandy – Writing, time management, wellbeing

I’m Sandy, a Learning Advisor for academic writing. I have a masters degree in Global Diplomacy and am interested in statehood and indigenous sovereignty. I have been a passionate educator for a decade, and believe that education should be an opportunity for success and that mistakes are an opportunity to learn.

You’ll see me running Academic Writing, Time Management and Wellbeing workshops and in Academic Writing and Post-grad/HDR drop in sessions.

I am a baker and a maker, and my sweet cat Edna and I look forward to seeing you on Zoom!


Sharon – Writing

Hi, I'm Sharon and I'm a Writing Learning Advisor working in the Learning Hubs.

I am passionate about supporting students on their journey of life-long learning, and helping them improve their writing and other academic skills, whether they are struggling or just trying to do the best they possibly can. I run workshops on topics such as Academic Writing, Time Management, Wellbeing and Great Presentations, and am always keen to collaborate with academics to meet the needs of their students.

I have a background and PhD in scientific research and also studied psychology and Teaching English as Another Language.


Tahirih – Writing

My name is Tahirih, I am a Writing Learning Advisor committed to helping students with developing and strengthening their academic literacy skills. You will see me in the Academic Writing Drop-in sessions, running the Academic writing, Wellbeing or Time Management workshop, so don’t hesitate to reach out. My approach to education is to equip students with the required skill sets to become independent lifelong learners and valuable contributors to their communities.

I believe in empowering students to reach academic independence and excellence; I hope with my support and your commitment to your studies, I can help you realise your potential.


Vahede – Writing, presentations & time management

My name is Vahede Nosrati, and I'm a Learning Advisor at the VU Learning Hub team. My background is in Applied Linguistics (PhD), Teaching (MA), and English Literature (BA).

As a Learning Advisor I offer workshops, drop-ins, and advice on Academic Writing/Literacy, Online Learning, Time Management, and Presentation skills. My interests are in Cultural Studies, Communication and Research skills. I am passionate about teaching and enjoy helping students at all university stages to reach academic excellence. Prior to joining VU, I was an ELICOS/Program Support Teacher and Teaching Associate at Monash College and Monash University.

Nick, learning advisor

Helping students to become more confident and independent is my goal as a Learning Advisor.
– Nick, Learning Advisor – Writing

Student mentoring

Our Student Mentoring programs are run by high-achieving, current VU students who have been trained to help other students in their studies.

We run drop-in sessions across all colleges and disciplines, in our areas of expertise, to help you excel.

Sessions include:

  • college-based Study Spaces (Arts & Education, Business, Engineering & Science, Health & Biomedicine, Law & Justice, Osteopathy and Sport & Exercise Science)
  • bilingual drop-ins in Sinhalese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Spanish and Cantonese.

If you need support outside of these offerings, please go to Learning Hub online or email [email protected].

Find out more about student mentors.

Jobs board

Learning Hubs regularly offer workshops to support your job search. Topics include:

  • making LinkedIn work for you
  • professional presentation skills
  • communication in professional settings.

You can also find a part-time, holiday or graduate job through our Learning Hub jobs board.

We post jobs from external organisations looking for students and graduates.

You can also access a Careers Toolkit, a space where you can build your resume, access resources, find interview tips and much more.

Location & opening hours

Learning Hub online can be accessed at any time, using your Student ID and password.

Learning Hub campus spaces are staffed at the following times during Block 2:

  • Footscray Park: Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm
  • St Albans: Monday- Friday, 9am–5pm

Our 24/7 after-hours advice Learning Hub Tutoring takes enquiries anytime via chat – and you can submit your work any time for review.

Location

The Learning Hubs are located at:

  • Footscray Park Campus: Library, Level 2, Building P
  • St Albans Campus: Library, Level 2, Building 7
  • City Queen Campus: outside Law Library entrance, Level 2
  • City Flinders Campus: Level 9
  • Footscray Nicholson Campus: Library, Building T, Level 2, Room T231
  • VU Sydney Campus: Level 1

We also offer Learning Hub activities at Werribee and Sunshine Campuses.

Contact Learning Hub

If you have any queries, please email the Learning Hub team: [email protected]