This academic masterclass is the head start you need to kick goals at uni in Semester Two

This academic masterclass is the head start you need to kick goals at uni in Semester Two

If you’re daunted about those first few weeks of university study, you’re not alone. We know it can be tough making the leap from school, home or the workplace.

Perhaps you still feel a bit lost after Semester One and could use another introduction to the basics of uni study.

Say hello to the One-Step-Ahead program: a day-long crash course in all things academic.

But get in quick – places are filling fast!

One-Step-Ahead: what is it?

Referencing, essay structure, note taking and using feedback are among the topics covered during the One-Step-Ahead program.

It’s offered at the Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne, Mildura and Shepparton campuses.

City students are invited to join in the program at Bundoora.

Student Learning Associate Lecturer Janet Muller is one of the facilitators for One-Step-Ahead at the Bundoora and Bendigo campuses, and says it’s mostly first year student who join the program.

But she says it’s also a good opportunity for current students who need a bit of a “refresher” before classes start again.  

“Do this course and you won’t be so terrified when you get to your first assignment and lecturers mention things like referencing,” Janet says.

It’s learning to reference correctly she believes is one of the biggest causes for stress among new university students.

“You’ll also learn how to paraphrase, quote and summarise, and learn how to avoid plagiarism,” she says.

Meet friendly faces who are there to help

Another great thing about One-Step-Ahead is you’ll meet other student as well as Peer Learning Advisors – or PLAs as they’re known around campus.

They’re high-achieving students who are trained to help you with general questions about academic study. 

Michelle Biggs is a PLA at Bendigo who once completed the One-Step-Ahead program. Now she helps run the program.

Michelle says it helped her transition from being a stay-at-home mum to a uni student.

“It was a good instruction, because I wanted to do well when I was at uni and I didn’t want to be floundering around,” Michelle says.

She remembers meeting other people from her Social Work degree during One-Step-Ahead, people she’s still friends with today.

These days, she gets approached by students she first met while helping out with the program. 

“They’ll come back to me and other PLAs because we’ve started to build a rapport.”

How to get involved?

To register for One-Step-Ahead, follow the link for your campus.

And don’t forget to bring a laptop or tablet, and a pen and paper.

Campus Dates Link to register
Melbourne and City18 July
Bendigo              25 July
Mildura              25 July
Albury-Wodonga            25 July
Shepparton                      26 July

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