Daniel had a career in banking, but after eight years he realised that it wasn't the career for him. He shares how he decided to put passion ahead of profession and instead study his hobby.
Samuel Keitaanpaa has spent the last few years studying pharmacy, but hasn’t waited until completing his studies to start creating positive change and making plans to shape a better future for healthcare in the Northern Territory. Here's his story...
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Starting a postgraduate degree as a working dad may seem daunting at first, but before you file it in the “too hard” basket, read our tips to make study and fatherhood do-able.
We'll let you in on a little secret: there is life after your ATAR results. If you didn't get the ATAR result you needed, don't let it stop you from kicking your goals! Going to university isn't always a smooth and straight road; there are many ways to get there. So, it's time to take a roadtrip of a different kind. Below are some options to knock down those barriers between you and your desired qualification.
Applying to university can seem daunting. You might find some confusing terms or university speak that you haven’t come across before such as ‘equal consideration date’. But don’t let that stand in your way to pursuing your passion; it’s not as complicated as it sounds.
Wish there was one solution to solve all your problems? Well there just might be! Dr Simon Moss explores the concept and benefits of 'future clarity' at a recent TEDxDarwin talk.
1. How flexible is your life? Are you able to move things around such as work or family commitments to attend lectures and tutorials at set times during the week? Or do you need your studies to flex around you?
Do you pay attention to the talents other people see in you? For Kerry, a comment from her children’s school principal started her on the ride of her life.
Mix it up While some people say find a quiet space and stick to it, cognitive scientists say that mixing the space you study in helps with memory and retaining information more effectively. Memory is coloured by our senses – sights, smells, sounds and changes in your study space can increase the likelihood of remembering what you’ve learned. So next time you’re at the library, choose a different spot, a different desk, a different outlook. Or find a quiet spot at your local café, or another room in your house. It can make all the difference.
One of the most important things you can do in the early stages of your university journey is to define your long and short term goals. These will keep you focused and motivated. Long-term goals define who you want to be and what you want to achieve. They’re the big picture view of why you’re at university. The next step is to create short term goals to help you achieve your long-term ones.
Exams can be a very stressful time, even if you’ve spent the whole semester planning and revising. We’ve put together a few tips to help control your stress levels in the hours leading up to an exam.
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.
Feel like you’ll be the “old woman” in the class? Alison debunks the myths about returning to study as a mature age student.
When you first set a goal it’s pretty easy to stay on track. You’ve got a plan, you’re working the plan and your motivation is strong.