For many commencing students the adjustment to university life can be a bit daunting and at times, confusing. The EXCELerate Academic Preparation Program has been designed to assist students with the academic aspects of the transition process. There are three ways to access the EXCELerate information:

  1. Two-day intensive program
  2. Lecture series
  3. Online resources


1.  Two-day intensive program

This year the EXCELerate program was held on Tue 22 and Wed 23 July 2014. Click HERE for some great photos!


2.  Lecture series

The SLC will run a series of lectures covering the core academic content of EXCELerate during the first week of semester. There is no need to book to attend these sessions.


Venue: Lab 4, Central Library

Time: 12.00 - 12.50pm

Date Session Explanation


28 July

Life at Uni

Provides an introduction to academic culture, lectures and tutorials


29 July

Critical Thinking

Explains what critical thinking is and how to turn you written and oral communication into a sound academic argument


30 July

Academic Integrity, Referencing and Plagiarism Introduces referencing conventions used in academic writing to identify sources and avoid plagiarism


31 July

Academic Reading and Writing

Explains strategic reading techniques used in locating important information in your academic text and how to write well-structured assignments


1 August

 Maths Refresher

Provides an overview of operations such as powers and roots, rations, conversions and scientific notation, finding the equation of a line and rearranging equations at an introductory level

(updated 24 June 2014)



3.  Online Resources

Previous EXCELerate lectures have been recorded and are available to stream online through Flinders Learning Online (FLO). There are also excellent PowerPoint Presentations available to download.

To access the lectures and handouts log on to FLO and click Student Learning Centre under 'My Topics'.

Note: if you cannot see the Student Learning Centre under 'My Topics', you may have to click on :customise this page" and change the number of topics displayed to "Always show all".