With the new trimester and term coming and life gradually back to normal, the new academic year ahead looks exciting and positive for our students, especially those arriving in Australia from around the world. Thus, it’s a great idea to start your academic year well-prepared and hope for the best. There are several simple ways you can do to set yourself up and be ready to rise and shine.
1. Set your goals for the year
Before getting started, let’s talk about writing down some realistic goals for this year. Being very specific about what you want to achieve will help you improve your academic performance significantly. For instance, you may aim to get a good grade, being more punctual at classes, plan your work experience and make new friends. This will help you realise what actions you need to take to accomplish your goals.
2. Plan your year ahead
Now that you have goals in mind, it’s time to schedule in your study for each of the enrolled units. It’s best to start with listing important dates throughout your term or trimester/semester such as assessment and exam dates or break and holiday period. Most importantly, remember to spare some time to rest and refresh your energy when you can have some relaxation.
3. Find your study mates
Making new friends does not only help you with socialising and having fun time, it will also bring you study mates who will motivate and accompany you on your academic journey. We recommend that you seek for advice, support one another, exchange ideas, and encourage yourself to finish your studies by joining our Kent’s student representative group and asking for help, starting a Facebook group, or organising a meetup group.
4. Set up your study space
Clearing and organising your learning space, as well as buying new stationery and supplies, is a terrific way to push yourself back into study mode. A good tip for you: browse the deals, search for discount coupons and used textbooks or borrow from our library, and always buy from stores that give a student discount.
5. Start reading early
Don’t wait until your first day of the term to start your reading. You can prepare ahead what textbooks are required for your units and read them in advance to get your mind around the subjects. If you find any articles, podcasts, books, or journals that pertain to your subjects, you should write down notes and save them for future reference.
Finally, you can always seek help and advice from our student support team. We are here for you!