The first week of semester is about meeting new mates, your tutors and lecturers and gathering unit information – assignment due dates, classes, exams. Staying on top of your study load and setting yourself up for success from Week 1 can be achieved with a little planning and bookmarking study support resources for when you need them.
Plan your semester
Planning is not about having your time set in stone, but more about seeing the bigger picture so you can afford to be flexible as things pop up during semester. Unexpected setbacks happen and when they do, a plan will help you to adjust your time so you can quickly get back on track.
To get started, you’ll need:
- the academic calendar
- an online calendar, like your QUT email calendar or Google Calendar – whichever works for you and you will refer to regularly
The academic calendar shows important dates related to your semester, such as mid-semester break and exam periods. Place or save the academic calendar somewhere you can access quickly, like your computer desktop. Next, input all your important dates over the semester, assignment due dates, exam study period, as well as your social and family commitments such as weddings or birthday parties. You’ll then start to see where you might need to start work on your assignments a little earlier if the due date clashes with your cousin’s 21st bash, for example. In your online calendar, block out time for your classes. Then add your regular work, family or other commitments. Setting up recurring appointments in an online calendar are time savers when planning your study load from week to week.
Now you have an idea of what your semester looks like and how much time you have for your coursework and assignments.
Handy tip: Bookmark the library’s Assignment Calculator to help you allow enough time for completing your assignments.
Keep study support within reach
Can’t make it to campus for a study skills workshop? Library staff have been busy over the summer preparing these workshops for online access through Blackboard. Once logged into Blackboard, either go to the community site directly and click ‘Enrol’, or use ‘Community Finder’ and search with the name ‘Library Back to Study’. By enrolling in the community site, you will have ready access to these resources from your Blackboard home page.
Topics include reading and note taking, undertaking research and returning to university study, with helpful hints and strategies.
Need help through the semester? Ask a Librarian – by phone, at the Library Helpdesk or online.
We’re here to help.
2016 International Open Access Week is celebrated from 24 – 28 October. You might ask, what is open access and why is it important? Open Access (OA) material is freely accessible to everyone and is important in allowing equitable access to research. Open access can give researchers and students in developing countries access to information that they would otherwise not be able to afford. It is also important because it takes your research to a much wider audience and makes it easier for other researchers to find and cite.
This year the focus is on Open in Action and how we as researchers, librarians and students can become more familiar with open access. We can do this by focusing on the small steps everyone can take to make openness in research a reality.
QUT will be hosting two events in International Open Access Week that will showcase these actions, the researchers who are leading by example, and the ways openness advances research and scholarship.
Register now to join us at these events and discover how you can become part of the open access movement.
Open in action: Skill exchange
Tuesday 25 October
2:00 – 4:00pm
IHBI Seminar Room, KG-Q430
Register online now
This workshop provides an opportunity for QUT staff and HDR students to learn more about how to utilise open access in their research. Experts will give short presentations on topics ranging from scholarly publishing and applying licences to research outputs. Participants will then have the opportunity to share their skills and knowledge with their colleagues. Light afternoon tea provided.
Open in action: Making openness in research a reality
Wednesday 26 October
2:00 – 4:00pm
The Gibson Room, GP-Z1064
Register online now
All researchers at QUT will benefit from hearing from academics from QUT, Griffith, and UQ provide insight into why they incorporate open access into their research practice. They will also discuss the practicalities of open data and open access publishing for researchers. Light afternoon tea provided.
Contact Library Research Support for more information.