Why participate in ALLaN workshops?

Have you ever considered going to an Academic Literacy, Learning and Numeracy (ALLaN) workshop?

Well, I’ve finally had my first complete and interactive ALLaN Workshop! In the past, I used to watch the workshop recordings but I would never finish the whole thing because I always ended up doing something while ‘listening’ to the workshop.

However this time, I made sure that I attended the workshop that I registered for and gave the whole hour to it. And guess what? It was informative, refreshing and honestly, I enjoyed interacting with the other students and the ALLaN Adviser! From this experience, I have realised that participating in ALLaN workshops is something that I should make time for because:

  • It’s a reminder of how we should be studying and doing our assessments! For example, I’ve always known that it’s easier to finish an essay if I break down a 2,000 word piece into parts. But whenever it was time to do it, I would always spend hours doing the entire thing in one go or without budgeting how much time I should spend for one day.
    From the ALLaN workshop (Introduction to Essay Writing) I was reminded that it would be less stressful and more comfortable if I broke down a 2,000 word essay into four parts instead.
  • ALLaN workshops also give you a good ‘classroom’ experience. As online students, it’s up to us to decide when we want to study and how, but we can still miss that communication with a lecturer.
    Even though it may be easier for us to learn on our own or we just don’t have the time to attend classes, having this ‘classroom’ experience gives us a ‘true student’ feeling which is something that we sometimes need to keep ourselves focused and motivated.
  • Apart from our face-to-face communication with the ALLaN Adviser (our ‘lecturer’), ALLaN workshops give us the opportunity to discuss with other students about a topic in real time instead of waiting for our questions to be answered on a thread in Interact2.
  • The most important part of participating in ALLaN workshops is that you learn something new. We always have our way that works for us or we just end up rushing everything and have difficulties understanding our assessments or getting organised. The ALLaN workshops are beneficial for these skills.

If it helped me, then it could help you!

ALLaN runs lots of online workshops on all kinds of skills, including essay-writing, referencing, memorising and general study skills. Check out all the upcoming workshops on the ALLaN website, and keep checking back, as more are added every month! Workshops run for an hour and you can join online from anywhere that suits you.