Be preparedStudying online is different to other forms of study because your success depends heavily on your ability to motivate yourself and keep yourself organised. Before you start, make sure you have all the equipment you need to get the job done. This is particularly important when it comes to the technology you’ll depend on to access your study materials.
There’s a lot to learn and a lot to do and your studies will go a lot more smoothly if you’re well prepared. There are several different aspects to being properly prepared.
To be properly prepared for your studies you’re going to have to be organised. That means you will have to consider how you’re going to fit study into your life and have everything you’ll need to get up and running when your unit begins.
What to expectThe units you study will be broken up into a 13 week study period. To be successful in your studies, you’ll have to invest time and effort every week. If this is your first time studying at a university level, you’ll soon realise that things work a little differently. A lot more will be expected of you as a student in this environment. In addition to that, studying online requires a lot of self-motivation.
While you will have access to excellent support to help you with your studies, you’re going to have to learn to manage your time and motivate yourself to get your work done. You’ll also be expected to contribute to discussions in Blackboard.
Orient yourselfWhen you’re new to online study, it can take some time to make sense of where everything is. It’s good to get in and look around to get your bearings. Take some time to get familiar with the websites and learning management system you’ll be using. Studying through OUA at Curtin means you’ll be using OASIS and Blackboard.
Learn more about getting started with OASIS.
BlackboardAfter your OASIS account is up and running, it’s time to head to Blackboard. Blackboard is where all your study materials will be, where you’ll communicate with your tutors and fellow students, and where you’ll submit assignments and receive feedback.
Learn more about getting started with Blackboard.