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You can get ahead before you even begin with just a little planning.
Let us show you some nifty tools and resources to help you manage life beyond the classroom. It all starts with working out what you want to achieve.

Set your goals

Completing a course is one of the fastest ways to develop new skills and ideas, and it can help you get the career and lifestyle you want. So, ask yourself, what are you here to achieve? 

Take some time to write down your goals and refer to them often, they'll keep you focused on completing your assignments with a bigger purpose in mind.

Goal-setting is also a great skill to have in the workplace. Get into the habit now with a goal-setting tool that works for you. Task Management App Goals & Habits App SMART Goals

Make a budget

From study materials to groceries to entertainment, balancing your expenses at any age can be a juggle. Never fear! Creating a budget early will give you the freedom to pursue your goals without worry.

Budgeting is also a skill highly regarded by employers and it's never too late to learn.

Check out these resources designed to teach students how to manage their finances:

Student Budget Calculator Budgeting Tips for Students Budgeting App

Have you considered?
You may be eligible to receive Government support while you are studying, contact Centrelink directly to find out.

Top study tips

Learning how to study like a pro might take a little bit of time and practice. That's ok, it won't be long before you're able to take effective notes, revise what you've learnt and complete assignments in a methodical and timely manner.

For now, start simply with some handy tips and tricks.

And, when you're ready, connect with your Learning Support and Library team. They'll help you take your learning skills to the next level.

Top Study Tips 5 Tips for Studying Online

Create a study schedule

After you receive your timetable, develop your study schedule.

A schedule is a great way to manage the time you'll need for study, classes and other commitments. It will help you plan for assignments and exams, and ensure there's enough time for sport and date nights. Follow the simple steps below.

5 steps to create a study schedule

  1. Download a copy of your timetable from your student portal here.

  2. Block out your timetable commitments on your schedule, i.e., lectures and tutorials and your other commitments such as work, sport and social activities.

  3. Work out when your most effective study times are (morning or evening?) and block out study periods for each of your subjects.

  4. Mark important dates such as assignment due dates and exams to make sure you have enough study time planned in the lead-up.

  5. Schedule regular breaks when studying, whether it’s going for a walk or getting a coffee. It will help you stay motivated.

Or get digital and check out this useful app:

My Study Life