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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, kick-starting your career, making new friends and enjoying newfound freedoms after high school. 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:

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.  

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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. 

FAQ: Grade release and results

Your exam results are about to be released and you probably can't wait to find out if you've nailed them. After all, you’ve dedicated yourself to your studies all semester, so it’s exciting to find out how your hard work has paid off! We've compiled a short list of frequently asked questions for you about CDU's grading system and results release, so you can understand process around receiving and understanding your grades. 

Tax time tips for university students

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is general in nature and should not to be taken as financial advice. Everyone’s financial circumstances are different, so please contact your accountant or financial adviser for advice relevant to your situation.  You don’t have to be a tax agent or accountant to get into the spirit of that magical time of the year finance fans call ‘End of Financial Year’. Uni students can also get in on the tax time fun, as you can sometimes claim a significant tax return during your degree, if you meet certain criteria. Want to get the low down on bringing your tax return up? Read on for more tax time tips.

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Five top tips on being an eco-friendly student

We know: you’re studying, maybe working, maybe have a family, you socialise and have many, many commitments. Being green probably isn’t high on your priority list. But, it should be! Why? It’s easy to make a few small changes that are good for the environment and good for the wallet. Let’s be honest, anything that saves money while you’re studying is going to be very handy!

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

Why good mental health is important for study

It’s an expression we use every day, so it might surprise you that the term ‘mental health’ is frequently misunderstood. Meagan Miskin is the Health, Wellbeing & Injury Management Consultant at CDU and she shares the importance that good mental health plays when it comes to work, study and life. 

Five ways to increase your movement and productivity

By design, being a student can lend itself to a sedentary lifestyle between lectures, study requirements, assignments and exams. Think back to when you were a child…How often were you sitting still? Think about your current lifestyle… How often do you move?  Somewhere in between being a child and being an adult, we lose the critical habit of movement. The key for all adults is to build sustainable healthy movement habits into our day. Meagan Miskin is the Health, Wellbeing & Injury Management Consultant at CDU and she shares her top five tips to increase your movement and productivity.                                                                       

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:

Elizabeth: Balancing work, study and family

Wondering if it’s possible to balance study and family? In the lead up to Mother's Day, Elizabeth Sandow shared with us her hopes and honest experience about being a dynamic mum who works full time while studying a Diploma of Laws online at CDU. 

Mastering the Internet of Things

Alwyn Jose recently graduated with a Master of Information Technology (Software Engineering) at CDU. Last year, he won the IT Code Fair business and innovation challenge with his CDU Smart Parking system, which enables users to find vacant parking spaces via sensors that inform an app, when a driver comes within 2km of their destination. We asked him some questions about his experience as a CDU student. 

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. 

Never give up, never give in: Gabby's inspirational story

Success is not determined by your past but by your own perseverance. Gabby Hill's story sure sounds like a Hollywood movie script, but we can assure you, it's real life. Gabby didn't have a chance to finish high school: as a disadvantaged youth, she found herself homeless. A few decades later, after having brought up her own children, she fulfilled her dream to pursue a degree in Law. Now she is ready for her graduation day and planning to go even further and do her Honours degree, all that while being an Indigenous mentor and a passionate human rights advocate.

How Mel stayed motivated through her IT degree

After completing Year 12, Mel Green took a few gap years and worked full-time before deciding on which university and course was right for her. After researching her options, she chose to study a Bachelor of Information Technology with CDU. Studying online from both South Australia and New South Wales, Mel has now completed her IT degree and is looking forward to attending her graduation Darwin in 2018!  We asked Mel who recently completed her IT studies about her experiences, goals, challenges and achievements.

Civil engineering success

Are you thinking of studying engineering, but unsure about what’s involved or nervous about the challenges ahead? The fear of being defeated played as a key motivator for Sky McFarlane in completing her Bachelor of Civil Engineering. With the support and encouragement of her proud family, she recently graduated in Darwin and we had the opportunity to ask her some questions about her engineering study experience.