Study life balance

There's no doubt that studying at university will impact on your life. Study requires commitment and time, but there are still opportunities to lead a rewarding social and family life while you gain your degree.

Being a university student studying by distance education is quite different from life on campus, or being in the workforce full-time.

Study Expectations

Distance education students usually study two subjects per session, with each subject needing around 8 -10 hours study per week. Depending on your course, this could include a combination of course work, online lectures or tutorials, and participating in our unique online learning environment.

Remember that you will also need to complete readings, work towards assignment and exam requirements, and review course content in your own time, so this all adds to the amount of study time required each week.

Stay Healthy

  • Eat well, exercise regularly, and get enough rest.
  • Around your study commitments, you should schedule some kind of regular physical activity. Join a sporting club (a number operate on CSU campuses).
  • CSU provides a general health promotion service that provides advice and referrals to community ancillary health services.
  • Access free student counselling for confidential assistance with personal matters.

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Personal Time

  • Pursue your own personal interests - whether they are social, cultural, religious or related to your hobbies.
  • Find time for your family, friends and social connections. Don't feel guilty about leaving your study to spend time with them.
  • Plan for time away from your books. No-one can study all the time. Arrange an evening with friends, an afternoon at the park with the children, a trip to the movies, or a lie-in on Sunday. Any change can be therapeutic and you will return to study feeling as though you have already accomplished something.

Benefits of distance education

Flexible delivery allows you to fit study around work, social or family commitments. You can study at home, in the office, or any place and time that suits you.

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Managing your study

Common problems students face with study include how to study effectively, coping with the amount of reading , how to manage your time, avoiding procrastination and distractions, and improving your concentration.

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Where to get help

As a distance education student, it can sometimes feel isolating studying by yourself - but remember that you are not alone. Seeking help early will make your university studies that much easier. Contact your lecturer, have a study buddy or actively utilise the subject and student forums.

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