Getting to know .... Cathy Sell

What is your role at Monash?

I am a Learning Skills Adviser at Peninsula Library.

The library provides students with access to a wide range of resources and services including our onsite and digital collections, and a variety of research and learning skills based resources, and drop-in consultations with Librarians and Learning Skills Advisers.

I work in a team with other Learning Skills Adviser, as well as the Librarians, and specialist Subject Librarians. We create and provide resources embedded in academic units, run library skills classes, and conduct one-on-one consultations through the drop-ins.

Learning Skills Advisers such as myself assist students with topics including study methods and exam preparation, effective listening and note-taking, problem-solving and critical thinking, academic reading and writing, as well as oral communication and presentation.

Did you want to do this sort of work when you were small? 

No. I didn’t know this specific role existed until a couple of years before I started working for the library. However previously I worked as a Teaching Associate and Research Assistant, so my background was all about assisting other people in their study and research. I have always loved sharing knowledge.

What do you consider to be the most enjoyable and fun part of your job?

Talking directly to students about what they are working on. It’s always exciting for me to see how different people approach learning, and I love helping them find the approach that works best for them.

In three words, how would you describe your students?

Kind. Curious. Compassionate.

What is your favourite hobby and why?

Walking. I grew up in the bush, so I like going for bush walks.

What do you love most about Peninsula campus?

The community atmosphere. Because we’re a smaller campus, I love that we are able to get to know each other so well throughout the year. I also love the natural surroundings, especially the indigenous plants and animals that live around campus.

What are the library contact details for students that may have queries but are not on campus?

An updated list of our opening times for each branch is kept on the library homepage. You can also find the hours and zoom link for our online drop-in consultations here on the library website. At a drop-in session you can get individual assistance from a learning skills adviser or librarian, to help you with information research for your assignments and improving your academic communication and study skills.

Are there any special services / courses the library can offer online?

Aside from the drop-ins already mentioned above, our library guides, and Research and Learning Online (RLO) website are extensive online resources that assist students will all areas of research and learning skills.

Especially helpful links on these sites include the citing and referencing guide, the Academic integrity and referencing tutorials, and the Research and writing for assignments section of the RLO.