Getting organised for study success
How are you feeling about your program? Calm and confident, based on your previous experience and success as a student? Or are you a little anxious, given that it’s been a while since you last studied? Regardless of how you feel, you’ll need to be organised. The pace of online postgraduate study will be faster than anything you encountered at undergraduate level, but you’ll be able to keep up if you do some pre-study groundwork.
Solid preparation will see you begin your first online course with a clear idea of what to expect from the program, and what is expected from you in return. You’ll have all the study materials you require, your family and friends will be on board with what you’re doing, and you’ll know where to go for invaluable resources and advice. By putting these things in place now, you’re getting organised for study success.
Reacquaint yourself with your online course
Sure, you know what you’re studying, but how well do you know the program outline? Take another look at what is coming up in this six-week course. This will help you demystify the program and break it down into manageable steps.
While you’re reacquainting yourself with the program outline, ensure that it will fit comfortably into your study schedule. Your schedule should accommodate the demands of the course yet still leave you enough time for your work, family and friends. Knowing your study schedule is manageable and that no nasty surprises are lurking within the course will make you feel more comfortable about the next few weeks. Check out Griffith’s Study Time Planner tool to create a personalised online learning and study schedule.
Make the most of what’s on offer
The Study Time Planner tool is just one of the helpful resources on offer. As is typical of any Griffith University online program for postgraduate students, a wide range of tools and support services are at your disposal, including Blackboard, the online learning and teaching hub, where you can access all course content and learning materials, one-to-one student support, 24/7 technical support and digital networking opportunities.
It would be a shame to not get full value from these resources, so as part of your preparation, explore everything we offer to make your academic life easier.
Get your people in place
You’re giving up a lot to undertake your postgraduate studies and there will be people in your network who are also invested in your success. Use that knowledge to establish an accountability network of friends, family and colleagues before your first course begins. If you ever question why you enrolled in the first place, you can lean on this network to motivate and inspire you, and give you a renewed sense of purpose.
At the same time, gently remind them of your need for time, space and encouragement as you progress through each six-week block. Tell them now as part of your planning process.
Another helpful contact
As well as the people within your accountability network, there’s another important person to contact; your Student Success Advisor. Why wait until your degree is nearly complete to benefit from their experience, knowledge and guidance? Your Student Success Advisor will help you create a tailored study plan, ensuring your preparation is thorough and that you’ve considered all the variables for study success.
What are you waiting for? Get in touch and tell them you’d appreciate their input while you’re getting organised for study success.