Wish I knew then, what I know now…

Once upon a time I was a lost, confused and completely overwhelmed University student. Sound familiar?

After four long years stumbling my way through the maze that is University life and now a few years into the working world, I feel somewhat equipped to impart my wisdom on the current generation of uni-goers with some advice I wish I took on board in my study journey…

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Your CQUni New Student Initiation

With all the overwhelm, confusion and excitement of University life, we bet you haven’t even had the chance to figure out what you’re supposed to be doing, let alone how you go about achieving it. Don’t worry, we got you!

Welcome to your CQUni New Student Initiation – your checklist for the must-do’s and must-see’s to make you the very best CQUni student you can be.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Mid-term break: Focus, speaking up and binge-watching

Maintaining your focus – it can be tough when you have new episodes of Grey’s Anatomy calling your name or ‘urgent’ text messages on your phone. I have it on good authority that the deafening silence of a quiet household once the kids have gone back to school is also a high-quality distraction.

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Feel like you’ve forgotten something? The next steps: enrol, get organised, find a bargain!

Stop. Do you hear that? It’s the eerie sound of a busy mind rummaging around for study reminders and finding none. Term is finished. Assessments have been submitted. Exams have been sat. Congratulations, you’ve survived your first term at university.

You might feel a little tired. In fact you probably need to nap for a week. And you definitely feel like you’ve forgotten something. But that’s only because these last few weeks have been a strictly choreographed routine of checking, rechecking, crossing t’s and dotting i’s, then checking again.

Now that you don’t need to revise and re-organise your life every hour like a paranoid conspiracy theorist, let #How2Uni help you unwind and prepare for the next steps (that’s right, there’s more).

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Marking sheets, questions and coping: What to do when the hard work is done

Every time I submit an assignment, I get the same feeling. The submission can be hours early, days even, and I’ll still wrestle with last-minute nerves. There’s a flurry of panic as I think about the effort, the painstaking detail, not to mention the mental and emotional energy that’s been invested into this single piece of work. Did I do it all justice? Did I miss anything? Talk about stressful.

After going through all this, it’s easy to want to move on to your next assessment and never look back. But you’re not finished, not really. We all understand the importance of feedback but we don’t always take the time to use this feedback effectively. Keep reading for my tips on what to do when the hard work is done.

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Keeping it together and facing Week 6

So you’ve survived past break week, and now as the second half of term begins, you’re probably starting to realise you have more than one assessment due date approaching.

If your start of term excitement has turned into an end of term panic, keep reading for my #How2Uni tips on keeping it together and facing Week 6!

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Assessment writing and little victories

This week I’m going to talk to you about an ongoing challenge that all students face. It’s a challenge that I personally find both frustrating and fulfilling. There’s something very satisfying about submitting a piece of work that you’re proud of. That pride often stems from simply making it across the finish line. Always celebrate the little victories.

Assessments are why we’re really here. Many will argue we’re here to learn, that goes without saying, but more than that we’re here at university to demonstrate learning. Believe me, you will need to demonstrate a lot of it before you finish your degree. So why not turn this challenge into an opportunity?

Read on for my #How2Uni tips to tackling assessment writing.

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Understanding Key Dates and Scholarships

I should probably kick things off by introducing myself. My name is Ashleigh and I’m currently a member of the Student Communications team at CQUniversity. However, once upon a time I was a young university student, fumbling through the maze of systems, courses, buildings, and the all-important Key Dates.

Here’s my advice – make note of the key uni dates, and actually apply for a scholarship!

Let me take you back to the year 2008. This was the year I started my Professional Communication degree at CQUniversity.  As a 17 year old, fresh out of high school, I remember feeling excited, nervous, eager, and confused about university. I usually pride myself on being organised; however, if I said my first term was easy and I was totally on top of things, I think I’d be lying. Continue reading Understanding Key Dates and Scholarships

Librarians, Pirates and your first week of term

Hi there – I’m Sarah, and it’s been nearly a decade since I started my undergraduate degree.

*Hi Sarah!*

Education Anonymous aside, in that decade there are a few things that have changed, and a few things that have stayed the same. As a (relatively) old hand at university, I’ve got a few #How2Uni tricks up my sleeve and you are more than welcome to all of them!

Here’s my advice: – reading isn’t just for librarians and maps aren’t just for pirates.

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Roadblocks and dinosaurs

Starting university is a really eye-opening experience, especially when you plan to study by distance education. If you’re anything like me, you will discover many new things about yourself during those first few weeks, things like you’re terribly unorganised, or you’re prone to the occasional existential crisis.

I’m Mae. I’m a current student at CQUniversity and during my first year I discovered both of these things about myself. I also found that I can be super skilled at making things harder than they need to be. To help you avoid making the same mistakes, I’m going to share my #How2Uni tips for overcoming roadblocks in the lead up to your first term.

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