Learning Hubs are welcoming, collaborative spaces that provide academic support and career guidance.

We offer Essential Activities, practical workshops and drop-in sessions to all of our students – from first year to postgraduate study – as well as 24/7 online advice and support.

Dedicated advisers in maths, writing, careers, and research and referencing help design our services and resources.

Student Mentors offer invaluable support and guidance.

Learning Hubs are located at:

  • Footscray Park Campus

  • St Albans Campus

  • City Flinders Campus

  • Footscray Nicholson Campus

  • City Queen Campus.

We also offer outreach services at Sunshine and Werribee campuses.

When you log in to Learning Hub with your student ID and password, you'll have access to do the following:

  • find and book your Essential Activities
  • view drop-in session schedules (no bookings required)
  • sign up for workshops
  • read additional resources
  • access and use the 24/7 online support service, LH Tutoring
  • search for work on our online jobs board
  • find and book one of our postgraduate writing groups.

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Workshops & drop-in sessions

VU students studying in Block Mode can find and book Essential Activities in the Learning Hubs.

All VU students can access drop-in sessions and workshops at any of our Learning Hubs.

Drop-in sessions don't require bookings. They run weekly at each campus and cover the following, among other topics:

  • writing
  • maths
  • software guidance
  • careers and employability
  • research and referencing skills
  • mentoring from other students.

Bookings and timetables are available through Learning Hub.

Student mentoring

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

While the sessions are run in student-only spaces, our mentors have been trained by an experienced team of academic advisers.

Student Mentoring workshops and drop-ins are held across five campuses (Footscray Park, St Albans, City Flinders, Footscray Nicholson, City Queen Campus). Timetables can be found on Learning Hub online.

They include:

  • general university skills workshops, such as using online resources
  • discipline-specific Study Space sessions (eg Health Sciences at St Albans campus, and Business at City Flinders).

Find out more about student mentors.

Essential Activities

Essential Activities guide you through your study, developing your academic, technical and career-related skills.

If you’re a first-year student, you’ll complete one Study Essential per unit to support your transition into university study.

In second year you'll complete eight Course Essentials that continue to develop your academic and career skills.

Download the VU App and connect your Learning Hub to access and book your Study Essentials or Course Essentials.

  • Numeracy: You'll learn skills in algebra, plotting variables, trigonometry, probability, and financial variables – and come to understand their applications in your study and other areas. Sessions are tailored to different disciplines to make them as useful and relevant as possible.
  • Inquiry: Discover how to ask the right questions, frame your investigation, and find the information needed to complete your university assignments. For example, we'll teach you to find and use ejournals and other resources to inform your essays.
  • Digital literacy: Get an introduction to digital literacy, including finding, interpreting, evaluating and sharing digital information, and developing awareness of your role as a digital citizen.
  • Self management: Introduces you to concepts of self-management and resilience, ‘smart brain’ and improving your attention and focus.
  • Great presentations: Develop skills and confidence in public speaking and presenting information in a group setting. You'll learn to use your voice and body language effectively, as well how to present information visually to your audience.
  • Textual literacy: Receive an overview of the fundamentals of academic writing at university level. Learn about rubrics and focus on unpacking assignment questions and structuring essays effectively. Find out about resources for referencing, avoiding plagiarism, using peer-to peer feedback, and interpreting feedback from teachers.
  • Design: In this workshop, you'll learn about the principles of design, and find out where to access free tools for designing presentations, websites and other visual elements.
  • Group work: Get an introduction to group work at a university level, and develop practical skills in group tasks. Discuss the challenges of group work and undertake activities to solve problems together. You'll develop key strategies to deal with obstacles and achieve group goals.
  • Multimedia tools: Find out about poster design, creating websites, why and how to use screencasting and narration, and more.
  • Career planning: Discuss general career skills, and explore online resources and tools to help build your resume/CV. Learn about our industry partners and their work-placement and study-abroad opportunities.

  • 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).

Postgraduate students

The Learning Hubs offer writing groups and drop-in sessions tailored to our postgraduate and research students.

Postgraduate Writing Groups offer students the opportunity to work in a small group to improve their academic writing. These workshops are open to both research degree and postgraduate coursework students. Find a time that suits you at the Learning Hub website.

Research Support Student Drop-ins are an opportunity for research students to improve their writing and research skills. Like the rest of our drop-in sessions, no appointment is needed. Check times on the Learning Hub website.

Check Learning Hub online for timetables and bookings.

Careers & jobs board

Learning Hubs regularly offer workshops to support your job search, including:

  • resume writing
  • answering key selection criteria
  • making LinkedIn work for you.

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.

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: Library, Building T, Level 2, Room T231 (11am–3pm)

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: learninghub@vu.edu.au