Like anything new, the beginning of your study journey can take some time to get used to. We asked graduates what they did to make their study experience that little bit easier while at CQUni. Their responses are below.
Find what works for you
Not everyone thinks the way you do, and this can be of benefit to you.
Amanda Clark (Bachelor of Nursing, 2006, Master of Clinical Practice, 2014)
Figure out your own personal learning style. Everyone learns differently and university can be difficult when the prescribed teaching style does not suit your learning style. Work out what works best for you, it may require a lot of time in the library to get the same benefit as others get from listening to lectures, or you may need to rewrite notes in your own words to get concepts to stick.
Bronwyn Turner (Master of Business Administration, 2019)
Learn how to plan, prioritise and structure your workload.
Ellie Johnston (Bachelor of Property, 2018)
Decide how you learn best. Some people prefer going to lectures, tutorials and learning face to face. Other prefer reading a textbook from start to finish and making notes from that. Everyone is different and a style of learning for one person won’t necessarily work for another. Don’t be discouraged if you try to learn one way and it doesn’t work for you. Persevere and find what works for you.
Chris Buckley (Bachelor of Accounting, 2016)
The most effective and productive way to work and manage yourself. Try new ways of doing things and find a way that suits you the most.
Lucy Stafford (Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Professional Communication, 2018)
Realise you don’t need to have all the answers
Your academic results, drive and passion have got you into the course you are in. You are there for a purpose, so make the most of it!
Corinne Aiken (Bachelor of Professional Communication, 2013)
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.
Susan Scarr (Bachelor of Health Promotion, 2011)
Whenever you are unsure of something, make sure to have a chat with your lecturer or tutor so that they can help. Sometimes we hesitate to ask for help but believe me, once you have a chat with your lecturer, he or she will definitely give a proper explanation to you and after that your studies will get easier and you will be more confident to complete your tasks.
Nagma Ramsewak (Bachelor of Laws, 2019)
Know when the “tank is full”. There is only so much new information you can absorb. Taking a break and processing it can be worth gold.
Glenn Dopson (Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety, 2019)
Asking for help is not something to be ashamed of and there are so many kinds of support available at university. Asking for help does not mean you are weak or not smart enough, quite the opposite, it means you are strong and are able to realise when things are becoming a bit much to handle. Utilise the many different support services available, you are not annoying anyone for help, it is what they are there for!
Krystal Perger (Bachelor of Nursing, 2016)
That once a upon time your lecturer was once a student with a passion who is wanting to instil their knowledge and seek students who are questioning, curious and open to debate and discussion.
Susan Mott (Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), 2018)
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Give yourself the best chance for success
You’re not alone on your study journey – there are always people here to help you. CQUniversity has an abundant of great resources and support services but don’t forget that friends and family are also a really great support system. Don’t ever be afraid to reach out.
Codi Horton (Diploma of Business Studies, 2017)
You need to be organised and ready to go. If you are not ready for a class it’s only going to make your life harder, no one else’s. After all, you are the one doing the university degree! Make your life as easy as you can for yourself.
Melanie Hull (Bachelor of Learning Management, 2015)
That this will help to define the rest of your career. If I knew how much my degree would affect the rest of my life I would go back and attempt to do so much better. Yes, I finished my degree, but I still wish I tried harder.
Layne Hurst (Bachelor of Digital Media, 2018)
What motivates you to learn? What is the best time of the day for revision? Find out what distracts you and limit those things.
Theresa Grinstead (Graduate Certificate in Maintenance Management, 2007)
If you’re looking for support, the Academic Learning Centre is a network of support for students, providing information, advice and resources to assist you with many of the requirements of study at CQUniversity. Find out more.
Want to give your advice to incoming students? Alumni can sign up to the 30 Minutes a Month program and complete monthly tasks to earn rewards while assisting future students in preparing for the learning journey ahead.