Get set up for success

Ease into uni life and get some helpful study tips and tricks so you can start the year on the right foot.

The new study environment

At university, you'll be expected to spend a lot more time studying independently. There are things you can do to ensure you are ready to go when you start your courses. The University has lots of support ready to help you.

Developing study skills

Our Student Learning team runs workshops and one-to-one tuition in essay writing, maths and statistics, learning strategies, study skills and language skills. StudyHub also contains useful resources on a range of study and research skills.

Creating successful study habits

For each hour of contact time you have on your course, you should plan to do two extra hours of study. This time can be taken up with revising notes after lectures, doing research and writing assignments, laboratory reports, or working on studio projects.

For example, an average week for an undergraduate course is 12 hours of contact and 24 hours of independent study. For courses with studios and labs, this could be up to 45 hours of work.

During exam periods and when you are completing assignments, you'll need to allow even more time. It’s easier to keep up, rather than catch up. Ask for help if you need it.

Watch the study routine module and create successful study habits of your own.

Tackling assignments

Assignments are a vital part of your studies and the assessment process is an important part to passing your courses.

Managing your time wisely

Having an organised approach is important. It’s a good idea to finish some assignments early when several are due at the same time.

You’re responsible for getting your assignments and projects in on time—for any special circumstances, talk to your course coordinator.

Understanding assignment types

You’ll be expected to complete different types of assignments. An academic essay is the most common written assignment, you may also be asked to write reports, literature reviews, journal articles and research proposals.

Some assignments are not due until the fifth or sixth week of your course, but keeping up with the lectures, readings and participating in tutorials will give you some idea of your progress before you get your first assignment feedback.


It's also important to understand how to reference properly to acknowledge the sources used in your assignment. It's essential to avoid plagiarism in your work.

If you’re not sure how to reference properly, attend one of our study workshops run by our Student Learning team.

Ask questions

If you have a question about a lecture or reading, raise questions at your tutorials—someone else may be thinking the same thing.

Many courses use Blackboard, where you can post questions to other students and staff. You could also ask your lecturer at the end of the lecture or request a time to talk in their office.

Using the library

We have four libraries, providing a wide range of resources and facilities to support your study. Library staff are available to help access the information you need.

Speak to someone

Student learning

Phone: +64 4 463 5999

Success is seeking your own challenge. Looking beyond what the lecturer expects of you, to what you expect of yourself.