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Tips for success in your first trimester

July 13, 2018

By Study Support

Deakin has a team of staff and students dedicated to providing study support services to help you get the most out of your learning experience.

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So, it’s the first week of Trimester 2 and university has officially commenced. You’ve got a clean slate and you want to do your best. Now’s the time to set yourself up for success: here are 5 things you should do this week to give yourself the best start.

Check out UniStart

If you haven’t already, browse UniStart, Deakin’s online orientation site. The ‘My First Trimester’ section, which has all the essentials for new students, includes a list of things to do before your first class, tips on connecting with your classmates and a helpful checklist. There’s also a section to help you make a successful start at university. 
Browse UniStart now.

Manage your study time and space

One of our most popular resources is the Trimester Planner, an at-a-glance calendar which includes all of Deakin’s important dates. Pop in your assignment and exam dates and stick it on the wall near your desk. While you’re at it, make sure you’ve organised your study space, prepared your devices and thought about scheduling a study timetable for yourself. Here are some tips on time management and fitting it all in.

Join a Peer Mentoring program

Deakin’s four Faculties run peer mentoring programs for new students during the first weeks of Trimester 2. It’s a great way to make some new friends, ask any questions you might have about studying or life at Deakin, and get some direction for your studies from more experienced students in your area of study. Don’t wait until later on: find out more about how peer mentors can help you settle in to Uni life.

Improve your reading and note-taking skills

The first weeks of trimester are often about becoming familiar with a subject. Good reading and note-taking practices are essential to engaging critically with your study area and topic. Check out our guide to to critical thinking, reading and note-taking to make sure you know how to read with purpose so you can make the best use of your study time and set yourself up for success later on in the trimester.

Ask questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you’ve just started at Deakin, you’re bound to have more than a few. You’re not alone – we’ve all been there! You can read some common questions that new students ask here, and for anything else, get in touch with Student CentralIT Help or visit the UniStart discussion boards


Keep an eye on this blog for more study strategies and tips throughout the year. And, remember to get in touch with our Study Support team if you need help. Study Support is comprised of Language and Learning Advisers, Writing Mentors and Maths Mentors, who are available on campus and online. If you need help with writing or starting and completing your assignment, book a session now or just drop into the office. 


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