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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Essential Activities

Essential Activities are aligned to 21st-century skills. Build and develop your skills to help you through your studies and beyond.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 semester: Monday to Friday, 10am–6pm (Footscray Nicholson 11am–3pm)
  • outside semester: Monday to Friday, 12noon–4pm.

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 (11am–3pm)
  • 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]