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CRICOS:QLD00244B,NSW02225M|TEQSA:PRV1208122.1.D07.2015
When it comes to studying online,
spending time with your family, working,
having a social life and squeezing in
some slee...
'But I am prepared, I' ve printed
everything off and bought my textbooks.'
We hear you loud and clear! But there
is more y...
As the saying goes, 'you don't know, what you don't know.'
Whether you came straight from high school, took a gap year or ...
Course materials
These may come in a variety of different
formats, depending on your lecturer and your
degree. You may hav...
READI NGS
Readings may be in the form of journal articles,
news stories or textbooks. Typically, you might
be asked to rea...
Studying can feel like a chore at times, but it
is important to think about it as preparation
for the future.
Many lecture...
Where to start
they say the best place to start
is at the beginning
Start by looking at the course outlines for each
subje...
Finding the time
There is nothing worse then feeling like
there are not enough hours in the day.
It's important to know ho...
By knowing what is expected of
you and how much time you can
realistically commit to study,
you can get prepared early and...
Making the most
of your time
Using your time effectively can be the
difference between finishing an assignment
the day bef...
We know it can be hard to find 30 minutes of peace to study, let alone
52 minutes! If this sounds like you, check out our ...
Studying is a
team effort
You might not realise it just yet, but studying
at university is a team effort.
Think of those a...
So while you can't create more hours in a day, you can get
prepared early and set yourself up for study success by:
- Know...
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Little less stress, Little more study success

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By Knowing what is expected of you and how much time you can realistically commit to study, you can get prepared early and set yourself up for study success. What helps you get prepared at the beginning of semester?

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Little less stress, Little more study success

  1. 1. CRICOS:QLD00244B,NSW02225M|TEQSA:PRV1208122.1.D07.2015
  2. 2. When it comes to studying online, spending time with your family, working, having a social life and squeezing in some sleep, two things are certain. The first is that study takes time and time is not something we have a lot of. The second is that getting prepared early can set you up for study success later on down the track.
  3. 3. 'But I am prepared, I' ve printed everything off and bought my textbooks.' We hear you loud and clear! But there is more you can do to get prepared for study success than purchasing your textbooks, although this is a good start. With almost 50 years experience in supporting students reach their potential, follow these tips and tricks on how to get prepared early and set yourself up for study success.
  4. 4. As the saying goes, 'you don't know, what you don't know.' Whether you came straight from high school, took a gap year or are taking up study later in life, your first semester at uni can leave you feeling like a deer caught in the headlights. Depending on what you are studying, you can expect you'll need to find time to complete a number of different activities, which will contribute to you achieving success at USQ.
  5. 5. Course materials These may come in a variety of different formats, depending on your lecturer and your degree. You may have access to recorded lectures, recorded tutorials, slide decks or voice recordings. Tutorials Acti v iti es These are activities that will help reinforce your understanding of key issues and concepts covered in the course materials each week. These may be practice exam questions, quizzes or problems for you to answer or discuss with your classmates.
  6. 6. READI NGS Readings may be in the form of journal articles, news stories or textbooks. Typically, you might be asked to read a couple of textbook chapters each week. These readings will provide another opportunity for you to compliment what you have learned from the course materials. Assessment Assessment varies greatly between courses. Depending on what you are studying you may be asked to write essays or reports, answer questions or complete exams. Practical components Subjects such as education, engineering and nursing all have practical elements. As online students, you are still required to complete the practical requirements for your course. This may be done by attending a prac placement in a workplace or by visiting USQ Toowoomba to attend Residential Schools
  7. 7. Studying can feel like a chore at times, but it is important to think about it as preparation for the future. Many lecturers at USQ remind students to think of themselves as professionals in training. Whether you are working towards becoming an artist, a teacher, a nurse, a psychologist or any other professional, you are at university to get the training you need to pursue your passion. So while, yes, there will be times when the amount of work you have to do feels impossible, putting it in perspective can help give you that extra motivation you need.
  8. 8. Where to start they say the best place to start is at the beginning Start by looking at the course outlines for each subject. There are two places you can find this information. The first is USQ StudyDesk and the second is the USQ Handbook. By looking at the course outline, you will get an indication what you will be expected to do for each course and how long it may take you to complete. There is no right or wrong amount of time to spend on each course, but for an undergraduate degree, you can expect to spend anywhere between 10-15 hours a week learning the material and completing the assessment for each subject.
  9. 9. Finding the time There is nothing worse then feeling like there are not enough hours in the day. It's important to know how much time you can realistically commit to study. Have a look at a typical week and ask yourself, how much time you can realistically set aside to study. If the answer is only 25 hours, you should probably reconsider a full-time study load.
  10. 10. By knowing what is expected of you and how much time you can realistically commit to study, you can get prepared early and set yourself up for study success.
  11. 11. Making the most of your time Using your time effectively can be the difference between finishing an assignment the day before or an hour before, it is due. When you are planning your study sessions, remember keep them short and take scheduled breaks. Research has shown that the most successful study sessions are 52 minutes long and are followed by a 17-minute break1 exact, we know!
  12. 12. We know it can be hard to find 30 minutes of peace to study, let alone 52 minutes! If this sounds like you, check out our Studying under the pump slideshare, with tips on how to study in 15, 30 and 60-minute blocks. By getting prepared early, you can have everything on-hand for a quick and effective study session, helping you move one study session closer to study success! We know it can be hard to find 30 minutes of peace to study, let alone 52 minutes! If this sounds like you, check out our Studying under the pump slideshare, with tips on how to study in 15, 30 and 60-minute blocks. By getting prepared early, you can have everything on-hand for a quick and effective study session, helping you move one study session closer to study success!
  13. 13. Studying is a team effort You might not realise it just yet, but studying at university is a team effort. Think of those around you, whether it be your partner, children, housemates or parents, as part of your team. Sometimes, being prepared for students also means preparing those around you. If you are going to sit down for an epic study session on a Saturday afternoon, let those around you know. Set some expectations with them about how long you plan to be studying for and how they can support you. You never know, they might even bring you a study snack!
  14. 14. So while you can't create more hours in a day, you can get prepared early and set yourself up for study success by: - Knowing what to expect - Finding the time - Making the most of your time - Preparing your study team for what to expect! CRICOS: QLD00244B NSW02225M TEQSA: PRV12081 22.1.D 07.2015 social.usq.edu.au

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