5 tips on becoming a student… again

Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin Copyright Henry Grant Archive/Museum of London

Returning to study or starting a university degree for the first time is exciting, but can be daunting. Here are our 5 tips for gently preparing for study:

  1. Technology
  2. Engage
  3. Access
  4. Calibrate
  5. Help yourself


Success at Uni today means being literate with the QUT website, particularly the Library website and Blackboard to access your unit information and do your assignments. Luckily QUT offers Library tours to help you learn about online and physical Library spaces. QUT also offers workshops and online support on how to use Blackboard.


Students who form friendships with other students thrive more than those who study alone. Swap mobile phone numbers and email addresses with students in your tutorials in week 2 to form study groups. Book a study room in the Library for regular meet ups.


Find out how to access free support services to help you manage any challenges you face.

  • QUT Counselling Services offer free and confidential counselling consultations.
  • QUT Library offers Study Solutions, free 25 minute 1-on-1 academic skills appointments.
  • QUT Careers offers free consultations to help you pick the right units, align your course choice and feel confident in your career direction.


Use The Desk and QUT’s Assignment Calculator to help you calibrate your life and study to achieve your learning goals and manage your time effectively.


Ask for help. Approach a friendly QUT Librarian on any campus, by phone or online to get immediate help.

For more help with returning to study go here.