Are you ready to return to study in 2021?

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You’ve enjoyed a well-deserved break from studying and uni life, but with Session 1 commencing on Monday 1 March, it’s time to start getting organised!

We’re planning a safe return to campus from Session 1 and look forward to seeing you on campus or online. If you want to know more about how COVID-19 may impact your studies, stay up-to-date on our alerts page.

We’ve created the ultimate to-do list to make sure you have everything you need to launch into this new session of study!

1. Re-enrol

Have you checked your enrolment for Session 1? Be sure to add your subjects by Census date to lock in your classes and avoid extra costs!

Find your course requirements in your handbook and talk to your Course Director if you have questions about your enrolment, study load or subjects.

The Graduation Planning System (GPS) was recently upgraded, so now you can easily see which subjects to enrol in and when. You can use this tool collaboratively with your Subject Coordinator to tailor your enrolment to your interests. Here are our tips on how to map your subject enrolment pattern in the GPS.

If you don’t want to study this session, you will have to take a leave of absence.

2. Organise fees

Have you planned how you will pay your study fees? You may choose to pay your course fees upfront or defer the payment via HECs. If you’d like to defer via HECS, make sure you fill in your eCAF form before the Census date.

Track important dates in a calendar, such as pay days, fee due dates and Census dates to manage your spending. Creating a payment plan now will ensure a smooth run to graduation, so you can focus more on studying.

3. Build your timetable

Plan your study schedule and lift your time management game! Save key dates in an organised diary and include sufficient time for assignments and exam prep.

If you’re studying on-campus, check your class timetable with MyTimetable. From Monday 17 February, you will be able to view your classes and choose your preferred classes where available.

If you’re studying online, check your Residential School requirements and plan your travel.

4. Textbooks and equipment

Check your textbooks and equipment list in your Subject Outline, available two weeks before session starts.

You have plenty of options to get your hands on the prescribed texts before classes begin – buy them new or second-hand, or borrow from the library.

5. Workplace learning

Do you have workplace learning requirements in the upcoming session? Practical components are a major part of most courses and you can find all the information you need in your course handbook.

Check placement dates, expectations and costs to plan ahead. You may also need to organise accommodation and uniforms.

6. Scholarships and grants

To help cover the cost of fees, textbooks or work placement, now’s also the time to apply for scholarships.

Use the online search tool to find out which scholarships and grants you may be eligible for. Be sure to apply before before closing dates!

7. Final checkpoints

Jump into your Student Portal and work through your checkpoints to see what else you need to return to study in Session 1 2021!