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6 ways to find support for your studies

This article appears in: Balance work, life and study, Changing careers, High school to uni, Online study, Starting your studies, Study tips, Vocational Education and Training
CDU student Matt North studying on his laptop with his wife next to him

If there’s one thing we hear from students time and again, it’s that support makes or breaks their study experience. At Charles Darwin University, there are lots of ways to stay motivated, focused and on-track with your studies.

Step up your study game – for free

CDU student Zoe White on a laptop online learning with study buddy

From note taking to time management, there are loads of free resources, study sessions and support programs available to students at Charles Darwin University.

Help yourself to practical study resources, jump into an online or face-to-face study session (run by students for students), make a 1:1 appointment or connect with an online tutor 24/7.

There are also dedicated support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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Find your tribe

Round up some study buddies – virtually or IRL. Whether you’re studying online or on campus, there are plenty of ways to form a network of fellow students, who will quickly become your lifeline during the good times and the busy times.

Use the collaboration tools in Learnline (our online learning platform) to jump into forums, discussion boards and chats with your classmates across Australia and beyond.

Join a student group and get involved with CDU’s Student Council to stay connected to the things that matter to you.

Find out how to get involved in student life

Help for your health

Female psychology, social work or counselling student working with a patient

Prioritising your wellbeing is vital for staying on top of stress that can impact your studies. At Charles Darwin University, you can take advantage of free and confidential counselling to talk through everything from personal and relationship problems to study issues.

If you have a disability, medical or mental condition – permanent or temporary – you can register for access and inclusion services to ensure you have equal access to and participation in university life.

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Find financial support

That feeling of ‘breaking the bank’ shouldn’t be a barrier to your studies. Tap into a wide range of financial support options for helping with the cost of course fees, text books and discounted services.

Connect with CDU’s career centre for help finding work while you study and to attend employer talks, workshops and career fairs.

Definitely apply for scholarships! Our scholarships recognise more than just academic excellence, so you could be in with a good chance to receive a scholarship for your community and sports involvement, life circumstances and more.

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Plan for the future

CDU international student Ben at the careers and employment office

Don’t wait until you graduate to start planning your career.

Get a head start while you’re still studying with free career guides and tips, by making a free appointment with a career counsellor or checking out job and internship opportunities.

Remember that when you graduate, you’ll join CDU’s alumni network for continued access to library resources, LinkedIn learning and a range of other benefits to support your career.

Lean on your family and friends

CDU student Michelle in the living room with her family

This one is up to you: don’t be shy to ask friends and family for support while you study.

Ask your partner to take the kids out for the day, your parents to drop off dinner to fuel your revision in the lead-up to exams, or friends to join you for a run to release study stress.

Study is a big commitment and it’s important that your loved ones support you (and that you remember to return the favour when it’s their turn).

At Charles Darwin University, we’re here to support your study journey, every step in the way. Explore our student support services or get in touch if you have questions.

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