05 Mar to 09 Mar

Sustain your momentum

Now that you've worked through the initial procedures and met many of the good people at UQ, it's time to get down to business.

Week 3 is a time to make informed decisions, form a study group, prepare for assignment writing.

  • Decide if you want to add or drop courses by census date
    Sat 31 Mar (without financial liability); Mon 30 Apr(without academic penalty)

    This is a good time to evaluate the courses you are studying for this semester. For whatever reason, you may have found that a course you are studying is not right for you - e.g. you may have accidentally enrolled in a course that has prerequisites you have not completed - and you want to enrol in another course. 

    However, there a few things that you should be aware of before you change a course:

    • Some courses, particularly in your first year, will be core courses for your degree. This means they are compulsory for your degree (or program) and must be completed for you to graduate. It is important to check your degree/program rules and requirements.
    • Some courses later in your degree will have prerequisite subjects – that is, you must have successfully completed another subject(s) before you can enrol in a more advanced course. Many of these prerequisites will stem from your first year courses, so be aware of the impact that changing out of a course may have on later subjects.
    • As above, some later year courses will have 'recommended subjects’ for you to study first. While these aren’t compulsory, they are designed to provide much of the foundational knowledge for later subjects.

    Once you have considered the points above, you may still want to change into another course or drop a course entirely to reduce your workload for the semester.”

    It is a good idea to speak to your faculty and/or the academic staff in your course to identify why you want to change courses and the implications on your enrolment status, and graduation date.

    This gives you the opportunity to consider all of your options, including dropping a course, before census date. After census date, any dropped or changed courses will incur a financial liability (i.e. you are still obliged to pay for the course) AND academic penalty on your official transcript.

    myAdvisor has information on withdrawing from a program or course.

    You can also speak to a New2UQ advisor to help you work through your options or find independent advice for withdrawal applications through SHOC.

    You can access a free online Decision Making workshop to help you walk through the basic steps of making a decision about your program. 

    Check your program rules

    Visit myAdvisor to learn more about withdrawing from a course

    Get advice from SHOC

    Contact our New2UQ advisors

    Check out our online Decision Making workshop

  • Form a study group with your classmates

    You may have got to know some people in your courses and these people will be one of the most important elements of your learning at UQ. No matter what you are studying, connecting with other students will truly enhance your understanding of the material and requirements.

    It is now a good time to consider forming a study group so that you have a place to bounce around ideas about material and assessments. This may be a formal study group that meets regularly (e.g. weekly), or it may simply be connecting with these students in an informal group online.

    Study groups are also good for sharing material that may be related to, but not part of, your coursework (e.g. interesting journal articles, news reports, or study materials).

    Many of the faculties also have clubs or societies associated with that discipline, and Student Services runs different study skills workshops. These may be a good place to meet people who are looking for some study buddies!

    View the Student Services workshops

  • Prepare for assignment writing

  • Find study spaces

    The UQ Library have a range of study spaces available, depending on your study style and needs. While most study spaces are available to all students, there are some restrictions in some areas. Some of the study spaces offered include:

    24/7 spaces

    These spaces are open around the clock and can be found in several libraries across each of the campuses. Keep in mind that you will need to carry your Student ID card with you in these spaces, both to gain access and for regular security checks. See more information on 24/7 study spaces.

    Group study

    If you are studying in a group or even practicing a group presentation, it may be useful to reserve a room through the library booking system. Be aware that these rooms often book out well in advance, so it is good to plan ahead.

    Quiet spaces

    There are several options for quiet study spaces in each of UQ’s libraries. Each library will have individual study desks that can be used at any time without the need to book. You can also book individual study rooms using the library booking system - however, these can often book out well in advance.


    Lockers are available for students with special needs and are available on a semester basis. These are drawn lottery-style from the pool of applicants each semester with applications accepted during O-Week and Week 1.

    Special needs facilities

    There are facilities on each campus that cater to students with special needs. Computer workstations with specialist software, hardware and peripherals are available for use by students whose disability prevents them from accessing other campus computers. Find out more about special needs facilities in UQ libraries.

    Find out more about 24/7 study spaces

    Book individual/group study spaces

    View the floor plans of UQ libraries

    See what the Library offers for clients with disabilities