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How to build strong relationships with your lecturers

  Whether you’re an online or on campus student, having good relationships with your lecturers and teachers is one of the best ways to get the most of your university experience. Here are some of our top tips.

How to make friends at uni

After what must seem like months of planning – choosing what course you’re going to study, going through the application process, eagerly (or anxiously!) waiting to see if you’ve been offered a place, enrolling in your units – the wait is over!  Uni is about to start. Soon, you’ll be settling into tutorials and lectures, learning to navigate LearnLine and the library, and starting your first assessments and tests. There’s a lot happening! For some students, making friends might be a top priority. For others, it may be less important. If you’re one of CDU’s many online students, you might even be wondering if it's possible to make friends studying externally (hint: it is).  Uni friends create enjoyable shared experiences and they can improve your academic performance

8 tips to ace your scholarship application

Think a scholarship’s not for you? Think again. At CDU, students are awarded scholarships for a whole range of reasons. In short, opportunities abound. So, explore CDU’s scholarship opportunities, find the right ones and consider these eight tips for nailing your application.

How to stay motivated when you’re in a rut, according to science

It seems there’s been a lot of research on how to stay motivated. Here are some of the most interesting and effective ways to push through the malaise and get things done.

Tips for making this year your best yet

When you think about the past year, are you happy with the way it played out? Did you manage to achieve everything you'd planned? It’s useful to take time to reflect, evaluate and adjust. So many of us start the new year with the best of intentions, motivated by the clean slate a new year brings. But by the end of January, often all our good intentions and best-laid plans begin to wane, and grand ideas are no more than just, er… ideas? Here are some tips on how to achieve what you set out to do, for the year ahead.

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Looking for a job? Prepare to be Googled

These days, more and more employers are using social media to screen job candidates. Some companies even have someone on staff whose job it is to explore your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other accounts to gauge whether you’ll be a good fit for the company. And while curating your social media presence can help you land a job, so is making sure your resume is current and relevant. Here are a few tips on luring an employer online and on paper.

I went back to uni at 55 to better understand human behaviour

Darwin-born Cathryn Doney had a professional IT consulting career before she decided to study Psychology at CDU. Cathryn plans to draw on her life experience and skills to succeed. She is aiming to pave her way to a future in research, academia, applied learning, or in a consulting capacity at the junction of technology, organisational design and psychological science. 

Studying Science to become an ecologist: Alana's story

CDU student Alana de Laive has developed a keen interest in wildlife and herpetology. She has worked in various roles as an ecologist and wildlife keeper and wanted to further her career by undertaking a part-time Bachelor of Science (Ecology) degree with CDU. Alana is continuing her studies with an Honours project focusing on the conservation of the giant Amazon River turtle.  

Explore our 2019 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 spend less time referencing

We’ve all been there. You’ve written a great assignment and kept a rough record of your references – which means you have to spend a good hour or two tidying them up. All while you’re desperate for that end-of-assignment coffee and the deadline is approaching!  Here, CDU’s team of expert librarians, share their top tips on how to speed up the referencing process.

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

1. How flexible is your life?

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!

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. 

The do’s and don’ts of your first year at uni

If you’re starting university soon, you’re probably feeling excited and maybe a little apprehensive or even a bit intimidated. Try not to worry! Your uni years can be some of the best of your life – you’ll be learning new things, investing in the future of your career, pursing your interests and making new friends. Start off on the right foot with these top tips for making the most of your first year.

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:

Balancing study and a great social life

Muriel Scholz moved from Katherine to begin studying a  Bachelor of Science at CDU and has chosen to live on campus at  International House Darwin (IHD). She loves to socialise with the domestic and international CDU students who also reside at IHD  and shares her experience about making life-long friends at uni, and tips about how to balance study and social life with us. I was born and raised in Katherine, just down the road. Darwin and CDU seemed like a good place to start off, being so close to home and something I was comfortable and familiar with. Initially, I discovered IHD by staying here briefly on a high school excursion but rediscovered it myself through researching accommodation options once I'd decided to move to Darwin. 

The online student’s guide to the library

So, you’ve made the decision to study your degree online, but you’re a bit confused about how to access library resources as a distance learner. After all, how can you borrow a book when you can’t visit the library? Or where can you access library resources, like journal articles, so you can complete your assignments? Don’t worry; we’ve got all the answers!

Connecting with fellow students online

There are many reasons why it’s important to stay connected with other students during your studies.  Especially when you may also be juggling work and family life, your study community is not only for academic collaboration, but also a critical social support network for this part of your world.  

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.