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Online or on campus: five questions to help you make up your mind

1. How flexible is your life?

Should I go straight to uni or take a gap year?

Mind the gap! Or, don’t. So you’re in your last year of high school, wondering what you should do with your life. Maybe you know exactly what area of study you want to pursue and you’re keen to get started, or maybe you know what you’d like to do but aren’t in a rush. Perhaps you have no idea yet and you just want to take some time off. The question is, to gap year or not gap year?

High school vs University

Making the leap from high school to university can be like Harry Potter moving from his cupboard underneath the stairs to the Hogwarts Castle. Going between two completely different worlds!

Six tips for parents returning to study

You’re already a multi-tasker and decision-maker – and now you’re adding study to the mix. Start study on the right foot and reduce unnecessary stress and guilt.

Professor Sam Banks: how I became an environmental science researcher

For Professor Sam Banks, becoming an Environmental Science researcher has meant turning his passion for the environment into a career that revolves around protecting it. Sam is an Outstanding Professor at CDU, where he spends his time using genomics and ecology to understand biodiversity. He is also passionate about passing his knowledge on to the next generation of environmental researchers, so dedicates much of his time supervising research students. Here, Sam tells us how he’s forged a successful career in environmental conservation research and offers his advice for getting the most out of your undergraduate Environmental Science degree - especially if you’re interested in research.

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Three tips on how to survive – and thrive – during your research degree

There’s no denying that undertaking a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) is a big commitment. But, there are ways to make it a little easier to tackle. We asked Rebecca Murray, a research supervisor at CDU, for her tips on succeeding with a research degree. She knows a thing or two: as well as being a wife, mum and Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance at CDU, she recently completed her own PhD and has supervised many HDR students over the years.  

Is there such a thing as 'natural' disasters?

Is being vulnerable to the forces of nature entirely due to our social, economic and political decisions? This is a question Dr Jonatan Lassa, a senior lecturer in Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Management at CDU, explores in his research and teaching. Read on to see what he's discovered about saving lives, having examined 40 years of critical disasters.

How can Indonesia address its vulnerability to earthquakes?

In the wake of a  major earthquake on the island of Lombok in Indonesia, Dr Jonatan Lassa, a senior lecturer in Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Management at CDU, asks the question: is it time for Indonesia to embrace radical change? See why he's calling on authorities to prepare for tourists, look beyond technological solutions, and act now with building standards reform.  This article has been adapted from an article originally published on The Conversation.  

Explore our 2018 courses

Looking to start study this year? Explore our courses on offer from health, business, education, science, arts and more.

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How to create a study ritual

Dirty coffee cups on the sink from late-night study cramming, clothes strewn across the floor, and pets that need walking. Does this picture look familiar? If so, you might benefit from improving your study efficiency and effectiveness through a study ritual. But what’s a study ritual? Definition: Noun: study /ˈstʌdi/ - The devotion of time and attention to gaining knowledge of an academic subject, especially by means of books. Adjective: ritual /ˈrɪtʃʊəl/ – (of an action) arising from convention or habit.. Source: Dictionary.com

Ten study tips for surviving your uni degree

Unless you’ve studied at university before, it can all seem a little overwhelming. Between attending lectures, doing assignments and readings, and fitting in the odd coffee or run, life can get busy. We asked some CDU students what their ultimate study tip is for those who are just starting their uni journey. Read on to learn from the best. 

Are your excuses stopping you from achieving your uni dream?

Let’s face it - we’re all guilty of making excuses from time to time, which ultimately stop us from achieving success. The reality is though, only we have the ability to make the positive change to be who we want to be and to stop letting excuses stand in our way of a better education, future and lifestyle. Here are some of the biggest barriers people can let hold them back from studying at uni:

Top three FAQs from future uni students

Wondering how much you need to fork out to get a degree? Or want to know whether you can do your degree online so you don’t have to put your career on hold while you study? Or maybe you’re stumped on the eligibility requirements for your dream course. Finding out all the answers to your questions about studying at university can seem a little daunting, but don’t let that stand in the way of achieving your goals. Check out the answers to the top three questions we’re asked by prospective students, like you, below.

Studying? Your career starts now

A university degree sounds like a great way to advance your career, whether you’re keen to start out in a new field or are looking to nail that awesome promotion, right? Right! But you should only worry about making yourself more appealing to your future employer after you’ve finished your degree, right? Wrong! We recently chatted with Liz Hendry from CDU’s Careers and Employment team, and her key piece of advice was that you should start making moves to maximise your employability while you study. So how do you do that? We share Liz’s tips below.

Study to success with Summer Semester

If studying isn't the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear “Summer”, perhaps you haven’t heard about Summer Semester and how it can enrich the long, hot days of summertime, the year ahead and beyond. 

Doing the maths: does a degree add up financially?

It’s no secret that a university degree is a considerable investment. Aside from the course cost, your income could also take a hit if you need to cut down on your working hours.

The Art of Resilience

Assessment due dates are looming, work is hectic  and now your kids are all sick with a cold. Sound familiar?  We all hit rough patches where life can seem extra challenging, with failures, mistakes and other stressors beyond your control. This article is about what you can do to build your resilience to get through a tough day/week/month/year, when life doesn’t go quite as planned..

A remote-area Nursing student in the Outback

With a passion for improving the mental health outcomes for people living in remote and rural communities, Rachel Ashton has proudly completed her last two clinical placements in the Northern Territory as part of her Bachelor of Nursing degree with CDU.  We asked Rachel about what motivated her through her study journey as well as her experiences on placement, and the challenges she faced along the way to become a Registered Nurse.

What makes a good study buddy

Sometimes, it can feel isolating to study alone. That’s where a study buddy can come in handy to keep you motivated in achieving your study goals. Having a study buddy on deck is also a great way to make new friends. We asked five CDU students what makes a good study buddy:

From bridging course to Mechanical Engineering

Rikki Bruce graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering* from CDU in May 2018. She was nominated by her lecturers as a valedictorian for her outstanding personal achievements and academic record. Here's her full graduation speech, where she shares her determination to create a better future for her family.  * This course has been replaced by the Bachelor of Engineering Science.