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Institute of Early Childhood

Learning Skills Help and Support

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Learning skills include all of those skills that will help you to do well in your university studies, including:

  • Understanding and answering assignment questions
  • Reading, summarising and note-taking skills
  • Referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • IT literacy and skills
  • Essay and report writing
  • Critical thinking
  • Time management and goal setting
  • Exam preparation
  • Managing study/life balance

The following resources are highly recommended

University Study Skills Books 
We recommend that all new IEC students purchase the following books as they will be invaluable study guides throughout your degree. They are available at the coop bookshop

Grellier, J., & Goerke, V. (2010). Communication skills toolkit: Unlocking the secrets of tertiary success (2nd Ed.). South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage. (

Perrin, R. (2010). Pocket Guide To APA Style (4th Ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage. (

Learning Skills Unit 
The Macquarie University Learning Skills Unit provide a free service to students who wish to take advantage of workshops, individual consultations and online resources on any of the above topics and more.