How to ace accelerated study from day one
You deserve a big congratulations, because not only is your decision to pursue postgraduate studies is no small feat, you’re also going full throttle by doing it at an accelerated pace online with Griffith University.
To help you ease into this faster pace of study, we reveal three noteworthy tips that will help you find your feet from day one.
Get set for success
Have you ever wondered what the “set” from the saying “ready, set, go!” stands for? Well in the context of your online studies, it simply means that before jumping into your studies on day one, there’s a few things you can do that will prepare you for success, rather than leave you floundering in your first week.
All our students gain access to their course site two weeks before their course start date, which gives you the advantage of being able to explore the structure of your course and make sure you’ve got all the teaching materials you need on hand from day one. This is also where you can find out exactly what technology resources you need to be able to participate in lectures, online discussions, submit assignments and access research.
For example, you don’t want to get caught without the right software to be able to video conference with your course convenor five minutes before your scheduled online appointment with them. Check out our online IT requirements webpage for more information.
Road test your study schedule
Okay, let’s start with a few home truths. You will probably feel a little out of your depth in your first week, but that’s completely normal because you’ll be navigating new systems, familiarising yourself with you course convener during lectures and tutorials as well as meeting your peers, and quite possibly even completing and assessment or quiz!
That’s a lot to contend with in your first week, but keep your chin up, because there’s one thing that you can do that will help, and that’s to take a deep breath and give yourself a chance to road test your study schedule. Giving yourself this opportunity means that you can very quickly ascertain whether you’ve struck the right balance between your study, work and personal commitments. Something you need to ace, before you can ace online postgraduate study!
Remind yourself of the bigger picture
Why did you decide to pursue postgraduate study in the first place? What made you decide that it is an investment worth making? Whether you’re driven by a salary boost, a new career or you need to formalise your skills, be comforted by the fact that postgraduate study has been linked to helping thousands of people just like you to get closer to realising these very same dreams. Don’t lose sight of what matters to you the most when the going gets tough, because everything worth pursuing in life takes effort.
By taking this advice on board, you’re allowing yourself to start your studies in the best possible position for acing your studies. However, don’t forget that you’re never alone, because your dedicated Student Success Advisors, is just as invested as you, in helping you across the finish line. They’ve worked with countless students just like you, and have the expertise to guide you in the right direction, no matter what your dilemma.