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5 questions you must ask a uni before starting an online degree

For many Australians, COVID-19 has uncovered the possibilities of living life online - from shopping and socialising to working and studying. Before you jump into studying an online degree, here are the questions you should be posing to universities you’re considering for your course.

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Student stories

Farhana

The joy of volunteering: Farhana’s story

International student, Farhana, is a champion at helping people who are in need, whether that’s in the classroom or through invaluable volunteer work.  Throughout her life, her deep passions have always been education and social development. Thanks to her Master of Teaching at CDU, she has been able to blend the two together. 

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Shehani

Engineer Shehani is empowering women in STEM

From a young age, Shehani loved all things machines, systems and aircrafts. This passion would see her enter a traditionally male-dominated industry and bring her to Australia to study a Master of Engineering (Mechanical) at CDU.

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From hospo to teaching: Matt's career did a full 180

When Matt was working in the hospitality industry, he thought he had his career all mapped out. But after one too many long shifts, it turns out that wasn’t the case. A desire for change led him back into the classroom, as a student then teacher. Now he teaches others the skills to follow their dreams. 

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5 signs you're ready for postgraduate study

Deciding to study a postgraduate degree can feel like a big step, but it comes with a whole heap of benefits both personally and professionally. Whether you're interested in research or just progressing at work, if you're considering any sort of postgrad experience, check out our tips to know if you're in the right frame of mind to begin. 

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Year 12 survival tips: Learn the uni lingo

Heading to university is a big change from high school, and it comes with a lot of words you won’t hear anywhere else. We’re here to explain some of the most important uni terms you should know, from A(TAR) to Z.

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Year 12 survival tips: Optimise your study space

We put so much time and energy into studying during Year 12, so let’s get the most out of it! Maximise your productivity by adjusting how and where you get it all done. Follow these tips on how to create the ultimate study space to set yourself up for success.

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Student life

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6 ways to find support for your studies

If there’s one thing we hear from students time and again, it’s that support makes or breaks their study experience. Uncover the different ways you can stay motivated, focused and on-track with your studies.

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A $25,000 scholarship eased the pressure

Five students share how a scholarship from CDU helped with the cost of study, from paying for text books to paying down student loans. 

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How I study with kids: CDU mums share their tips

As the saying goes, 'if you need something done, ask a busy mum'. And it's certainly true of CDU students that are mums studying an online degree with kids at home. Here, four students - who are also mums - share their top tips and insights on making time for study.

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After university

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Engineering graduates help to power the Territory

While Power and Water Corporation provides students with opportunities to gain practical industry experience, CDU ensures Power and Water has a steady pipeline of fresh talent by providing engineering graduates.

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Your career: How to be a great therapist

If you're finishing your studies in psychology at CDU, now's the time to be thinking about how you'll apply what you've learned to propel your career forward. Here, Dr Simon Moss from CDU, shares his advice on how to be a great therapist.

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Debra's climbing the corporate ladder

When Debra Hutcheson started her career at entry level with the Northern Territory Government, she knew she wanted to achieve more. Studying at CDU was just the thing she needed to make an impression and rise up the ranks. 

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Research impact

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What does it take to improve Indigenous birth outcomes?

It’s not the norm for research projects to observe outcomes improved by 50 per cent. In fact, it’s quite unusual. But this is what CDU’s Indigenous Birthing in an Urban Setting (IBUS) research project has found. The results send a strong signal that the preterm birth gap can be reduced.

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Is this the answer to a better start for remote Indigenous kids?

Early childhood is a crucial stage of a human being’s development. It impacts the rest of their life and, by extension, society. But sadly, this can be a very difficult stage for many Indigenous children in remote Australia. Dr Gary Robinson is working with agencies who are trying to change that.

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The ‘midwifery voodoo’ pain relief that science proves works

One in three women experience severe back pain during labour and birth. And now, a safe, simple and effective treatment to ease the pain is here, thanks to research from Professor Sue Kildea at CDU and Dr Nigel Lee from The University Queensland.

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