The global pandemic has had a big impact on learning experiences and wellbeing
Studies show that 86.8% of students across Australian universities reported that COVID-19 had significantly impacted their studies (Dodd, Dadaczynski, Okan, McCaffery, & Pickles, 2021). This is especially true for undergrad and international students.
Some of the difficulties you might experience are:
- Feeling anxious, overwhelmed or fearful about the future
- Not having a suitable study space
- Feeling disconnected from teachers and other students
- Not feeling motivated to study
- Feeling isolated
- Financial pressures
We want to make sure you have all the tools and support you need for your studies, no matter where you are.
Here are some tips to help you study successfully online:
- Create a daily routine: Have designated times in your day/week that you study and stick to those the same way you would in-person. Use a schedule or calendar to map out what classes are on, when assignments are due, when you will have breaks and when you will study. If you need some help with adjusting to university life, time management or planning for assessments, get in touch with a Peer Learning Advisor at the Learning Hub.
- Get your technology sorted: To study online you will need an updated computer, a microphone, a webcam and the appropriate programs (Zoom, Office 365). Student IT Support is available to help you get set up and ready to study online.
- Create a study space: Have a designated room (not your bed!) where you can study away from distractions. It is important that the space has a desk, a chair and natural light. If you do not have an appropriate place to study, the Online Learning Zone (Located on Level 2 of the Bundoora Library) is a space that contains computers with webcams and study spaces for your own device.
- Reach out to your teachers: By making yourself known to lecturers and tutors at the start of the semester, you will feel more comfortable reaching out for support during the semester. Ask your lecturer or tutor for some set times in the week that they are available for a chat or to ask questions.
- Connect with your peers: Create a Facebook page or chat group for your tutorial or subject to talk with your peers outside of class or find like-minded people by joining Clubs and Societies. Stay in touch with your classmates as they will be able to understand how you are feeling as they are in the same situation with you.
- Look after yourself The better headspace you are in, the more engaged you will be in your studies. Visit the Health and Wellbeing resource hub for supports you can access and self-guided tools you can use to keep a healthy mind.
If you need some further support or you just need to chat to someone, the Health and Wellbeing Centre provides a range of support for students including counselling, accessibility support and learning access plans, financial & legal support, LGBTIQ+ support and services, information on respectful relationships and sexual harm, hiring of mobility scooters and support for emergency or crisis accommodation.
Contact us via phone on (03) 9479 1085 or email us.