Handouts & Infokits

On this page, you’ll find all sorts of handouts, leaflets, supplements and infokits from our workshops and events, as well as resources made available through other teams at the university (such as Careers, the Counselling Service and the Centre for Teaching and Learning). Whether you study on-campus or online, you’ll find information here that will undoubtedly assist you.

Infokit – English Communication Skills and Employability

According to the Graduate Outlook Survey 2014, Australian employers rated communication skills (written and oral) as the number one soft skill they are looking for in their future employees.

In this workshop, you will learn what English skills employers value and why these skills matter, gain a clear understanding of the communication tasks and skills employers see as essential for the workplace, assess your own workplace English skills and develop strategies to improve these skills.

Listen to the recorded workshop here.

Download the workshop slides here.

Other Resources:

Self Assessment Handout

My Strategy Handout

YouTube: International Student Employability – Top Tips to Expand Your Job Prospects

YouTube: International Students – A Guide for Australian Employers

International Students Employability Guide

TOEFL Test Prep Planner

TOEFL IBT Quick Prep

A Guide to Understanding TOEFL IBT Scores

TOEFL/IELTS Score Comparison

UON Student Sustainable Cookbook 2017

This free cookbook contains a host of simple, quick, inexpensive, healthy and (most importantly) delicious recipes, submitted by students as part of a university-wide competition held in 2016.

It also contains numerous tips on how to stock your fridge and pantry, source fruit and vegetables in season, substitute ingredients and make healthier meal choices in your daily life.

If you’re a time-poor and money-poor student (and who among us isn’t?), the UON Student Sustainable Cookbook is essential reading.

Click here to download


Student/Club Event – Booking Form

The UON Venues and Events team has developed a new all-purpose online form that student clubs (or individuals) can use to book events at any campus.

It covers major venues such as Bar on the Hill or the Derkenne Courtyard, as well as classrooms and lecture theatres. You can even request security, bar staff, catering or AV technical support, and the V&E team will help you make the arrangements.

If you’re a club convener, this is now the simplest and most direct way to book your club event. But if you experience any issues with the booking system or have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.


Click here to make a booking request


Infokit – Job Applications

These guide sheets, provided by UON’s Careers and Student Development team, are an excellent resource for anyone applying for a position at the university or elsewhere. They cover the purpose and requirements of cover letters, resumes and selection criteria, to ensure that your application meets the expectations of any employer.


Guide: Cover Letter

A cover letter is a summary of the reasons why you are the best candidate for the position. A good letter will entice the reader to read more about you in your resume and will help to get you an interview.

Guide: Resume

A resume is a summary of your education, employment history, skills and experiences. It is a marketing document to promote your suitability for employment.

Guide: Selection Criteria

Selection criteria are the factors against which candidates are compared and will determine the selection decision. They may include qualifications, skills, personal attributes and level of experience needed to perform the advertised role. The selection criteria provide a framework for the structure of your application and allow you to demonstrate how well you match the employer’s needs.


Infokit – 3-Minute Thesis Training

For postgraduate research students, the annual 3-Minute Thesis Competition is a brilliant opportunity to build their confidence in public speaking, promote themselves and their research and win fabulous prizes. The premise is simple: can you describe your research and explain its importance in just three minutes?

Each year, NUPSA provides training sessions that outline the competition rules, judging criteria and eligibility guidelines, as well as provide tips and tricks, observations of past winners and an opportunity for you to practice speaking about your research in front of an audience.

Our training slides for the 2017 3MT Competition are now available! And our online session on May 23 will be recorded; check out our ‘Online Workshops’ page to watch the video once it goes live.

Click here to download our 3MT training slides


Infokit – Writing Circles

Writing circles are a brilliant way to connect with other students, get feedback on your writing and improve your critical eye for typos and grammatical errors. Whether you’re a coursework or research student, your academic English writing skills will be crucial to your success.

The following documents will give you advice on running writing circles in-person, but they’re just as helpful if you intend to run a circle online! And don’t forget – NUPSA has plenty of ways to help you promote your group and find a suitable venue.


Peer Writing Groups: a Guide

This guide, produced by the Centre for Teaching and Learning, will give you an excellent overview of how to facilitate your own writing group.

Writing Circle Weekly Calendar (sample)

A template to help you set up a weekly roster of who in your group is presenting their work.

Feedback Request Cover Sheet (sample)

A handy cover sheet for anyone in your group to fill out when they share their writing. This will help other members of the circle to give more relevant feedback.

Writing Circle Email (sample)

Communicating with your writing circle each week via email is important. Here are two sample emails to show you what to include.


Infokit – Procrastination

Procrastination – the urge to delay or avoid an important task by distracting ourselves with something less important – can wreak havoc on our work, our studies and our commitments. These resources, developed by the Centre for Clinical Interventions, offer an explanation for why we procrastinate and some activities and suggestions for breaking the thought patterns that lead to procrastination.


Module 1: Understanding Procrastination (Part I)

This Module provides a definition of procrastination, and explores what you procrastinate about, how you procrastinate and common procrastination excuses you may use.

Module 2: Understanding Procrastination (Part II)

This Module examines the common unhelpful rules and assumptions that underlie procrastination, and explores how the positive and negative consequences of procrastination work to keep you procrastinating.

Module 3: Changing Procrastination

This Module introduces you to the vicious cycle of procrastination, and outlines how to change procrastination, and helps you commit to the change process

Module 4: Dismissing Procrastination Excuses

This Module helps you to identify procrastination excuses and learn how to challenge, test and change your excuses. The Module also teaches you how to motivate rather than criticise yourself when you procrastinate.

Module 5: Practical Techniques to Stop Procrastination

This Module teaches you practical behavioural strategies to help you stop procrastinating, these include knowing what to do, how to do it and when to do it.

Module 6: Adjusting Unhelpful Assumptions

This Module helps you to challenge and adjust the unhelpful rules and assumptions that give rise to your procrastination. The Module also helps you to learn how to tolerate the discomfort that leads you to procrastinate.

Module 7: Putting it Together, Doing It, Keeping Going

This Module brings you to the end of the ‘Put Off Procrastinating’ Infokit. You will put together all the skills you have learned in previous modules, to help you get into a cycle of ‘doing’ rather than procrastinating.


Managing Procrastination: Workshop Slides (PDF)

This workshop, which originally ran in May 2017, was developed by Emma Kerr of the UON Counselling Service. You can find a recording of the session on our Online Workshops page (under ‘Academic’).


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