Week 2: Connect with your course

Now that you know how to find your way to class, you can settle in to university life.

Keep up with your classes

Attending classes is an important aspect to understanding your course material, so if you don't make it to class, find out what you missed by asking your teachers or classmates, or catch up through the online recordings in LMS.

Ask questions

Your lecturers, tutors and laboratory demonstrators are here to help you learn.  Ask questions in class or make an appointment to see your teachers during their consultation times.  Find an opportunity to ask staff about their research and that of their colleagues to get a sense of where your course may lead.

Get advice

If you're having second thoughts about your subjects or course, have a chat to your Subject Coordinator, a Careers Consultant or the ASK La Trobe team. They can advise you on the outcomes for graduates in your course or on opportunities to transfer to another program.


Things to do in your second week

  • Introduce yourself to your tutors.
  • Keep up with your class readings.
  • Form a study group with some classmates and stay connected with them.
  • Read the staff profiles of your teaching staff to find out about their research interests:
    • College of the Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce
    • College of Science, Health and Engineering
  • Locate the Peer Learning Advisers in your library and check when the advisers from your study area are scheduled for drop-in sessions.
  • Check to see if there is a club or society for your particular discipline.
  • Monitor your university email account for official messages.

The A-Z of university terminology

Universities use lots of phrases not used in other settings.  Here are some you may come across:

Core subject is a subject that is needed to complete your degree. A core subject usually needs to be taken at a specified time within your degree.

Credit points are the amount of points a subject contributes towards your degree. For example, to complete a Bachelor of Arts, students must complete a minimum of 360 credit points, with at least 120 credit points at third year level.  Most subjects are worth 15 credit points.

Elective is a subject that is chosen according to your interests. They're not compulsory. Some restrictions may apply to which electives you can select.

Hurdle requirement is a compulsory piece of assessment that must be satisfactorily completed in order to pass the subject.

Learning Management System (LMS) is a web-based tool that gives you online access to learning materials and activities related to your studies.