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JCU: This is Uni... but not as you know it

Planning for your future

Many people don't know what they want to do with their lives. Taking time to look at your options can be really helpful to shape what you could do next and who you will become. Options for study

You may have lots of interests and various school subjects you're good at, yet no clear direction for a future career. Deciding to study

Once you’ve picked your top preferences, what’s next? Next steps to study

Explore our latest publications to see what subjects you might need to consider during school to be eligible for your dream degree JCU Study and Information Guides

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Studying Remotely

Succeeding in an online learning environment is all about preparation. Learning online and working remotely presents both benefits and challenges. Even though learning online is a flexible option and commute times may be significantly reduced, inconsistent work practices can impact overall productivity. Making the shift to learning online can be enhanced by setting up a clearly defined work zone, creating a clear morning routine and setting daily intentions.

Create a daily and weekly study planner, and make sure you know when your virtual classes are scheduled and when assessments are due.

Here are some great tips to help you manage your time effectively:

  1. Pace yourself. Allow time for things to go wrong. Remember there are lots of things out of your control. What if you or someone close to you gets ill? What if your car breaks down? When things are going well and you are feeling good, then work a little bit harder, add in another “shift”, step up the pace a little. This will allow you to step off the pace and drop a shift or two when things are not going so well - you will have some time in reserve to absorb something unexpected.
  2. Manage distractions. Distractions are a productivity zapper! Before you know it, you’re off task, off schedule and getting behind. You then start scrambling to catch up, taking time away from your wellbeing and leading to increased stress. Distractions can be anything - email, social media, friends, pets, colleagues, hunger! Let people know when your breaks are scheduled and when you will be responding to social media and email. Eat regularly and schedule regular time for your pets so that they too know what to expect!
  3. Stay motivated. Procrastination and lack of motivation are very much related. If you lack the drive to get started and stay on track, you will find it increasingly difficult as things begin to build and become overwhelming.
  4. Focus on one task at a time. Research shows that multitasking is not effective. Try to focus on one task at a time and complete it. Break tasks into mini-tasks if you find it difficult to stick on one topic for very long. While on task don’t be checking your emails or social media at the same time. Schedule separate times for these, perhaps a few times a day, so you’re not tempted to look at them while you’re on another task.
  5. Set personal goals. Know what your values and goals are. This helps motivate you to strive for success. If you don’t know why you are doing something there is no drive to do it! This is when procrastination and lack of motivation can come into play.

Good time management makes life easier and more enjoyable. If competing priorities are causing you distress, you are falling further and further behind in study, work or what needs to be done at home, then seek help.

Creating a positive study environment can be as simple as setting up a clearly designated work/study zone. Where possible set up separate spaces for your work/study and your home/hangout space. Establishing physical separation for each space will help your mind transition between these spaces.  Creating clear physical boundaries for work/study and home/hangout zones can reduce stress and help maintain focus and productivity levels. A win/win situation.

It is also important to let your household know your timetable for study, online classes and meetings. Top tip - make your own 'do not disturb' sign to let others know when you are working/studying or participating online.

  • Create a quiet and comfortable study space with good lighting, turn off your phone and limit distractions.
  • Update to the latest versions of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers.
  • Ensure you have access to a good quality microphone and use a computer, not a device, when participating in virtual classes.
  • Let others around you know when you are participating in a virtual class.
  • Working from home top tips and tools (DOCX, 83 KB)

Studying online can sometimes feel lonely. Stay connected with peers using virtual communication and collaboration tools available to you.

  • Ask questions when participating in virtual classrooms.
  • Seek support from your teacher if you are having difficulty using technology or interacting with others.
  • Ask your peers for support and help them when they need it too.

As education moves to online learning, many students are learning how to navigate new video conferencing programs on the fly. These top tips can help you to master the virtual classroom. Top Tips for the Online Study Switch

Accessing the JCU Library

JCU Library offers a range of services and resources for school students, teachers, teacher librarians to access and download many of our online resources. Library Services for Schools

Understanding these 10 tips will set you up to successfully find information for your assignments Top Ten Assignment Tips

Google is a handy place to see where the nearest pizza shop is, book tickets to a gig or even gain an overview of a topic of interest, but for academic assignments you need authoritative and reliable sources of information. While government and educational websites can be useful, JCU Library provides access to the following quality resources: