Back to Study Guide for Mature aged students starting at University

Back to study student guide

The Back to Study program aims to support the successful transition and engagement of returners to study by providing:

  • information about transition, first year experience and university systems and culture
  • normalisation of fears and concerns and exploration of expectations
  • focus on sense of purpose, strengths and skills and developing early student identity
  • opportunity to develop peer and staff contacts and networks
  • access to student support services and just in time advice
  • sessions to develop academic and study skills. 

Gail White    Welcome from the Academic Registrar - Gail White                                                           

Check out the Back to Study workshop program.

You're about to take 3 journeys.

The personal and social journeys were covered in the morning session of the BTS seminar and the afternoon focused on the academic journey.

  • For inspiration watch the 2012 Alumni Awards Gala Dinner video. 
  • Expectations matter. Think about your expectations of uni and take a look at the fact sheet for new university students. 
  • Use the Travel Diary to consider your sense of purpose. Remember that emotional ups and downs are part of the transition. 
  • Its not unusual to experience doubts now and then. Watch the Lecture Icebreaker video. 
  • If you would like to hear some tips from fellow students further along their educational journey then the What I wish I knew in first year video and check out some these tips
  • Watch an interview with Prof. Carol Dweck in which she explains why it's not just our abilities or talent that brings us success - but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. 
  • Learn more about a growth mindset. This diagram reflects the work of Prof Carol Dweck. With a growth mindset you believe that your talents, personal qualities and intelligence are not fixed. A growth mindset means you can develop your abilities with effort and training. A growth mindset is important when receiving feedback about university assignments.
  • You can monitor your study work life interactions and make adjustments along the way. 
    • Check out tips from tutors and from the University Counselling Service.
    • First in your family to study at university? Check out the tips sheet for First in family. 
  • Students at the Back to Study workshop participated in small group discussions. During their discussions they shared some common concerns, their skills, strengths and support networks and some initial solutions to challenges encountered during the first few weeks. Click here to see their responses.
  • For some tips for academic success click here.
  • To help you make the most of study time watch the Time management video and check out the tips for Time management.
  • For academic success and well-being access thedesk, a free online resource.


Academic Skills

Essay Writing

Writing an essay is a vital skill for being successful at university. To find out how you can improve your essay writing skills, click here

If you are new to essay writing or haven't written in a while the Back to Study: Essay writing guide will walk you through the important things to remember.

Starting a Postgraduate program? The Back to Study: Postgraduate essay writing guide is designed to help you.


Getting reacquainted with numbers

In case you've forgotten all the maths you did at school, here are a few videos to refresh your memory of the basics: 


Work-life balance

Getting the right balance between work, life and study is important for your success at university. To see how you can improve your work-life balance, click here

Use a Semester 1 planner to help you stay organised!


Introduction to UoN computing

To learn how to use the computing systems at UoN, click here.

If you have any feedback regarding the Back to Study program or the resources provided please email Teresa Dluzewska or Dianne Kirby.


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