12 Mar to 16 Mar

Explore your path

Reflect on the progress you have made to get here and learn what to do with feedback by dropping into the Peer Writing Centre. Understand your strengths and the areas you would like to improve, and start to really understand what employability is so you can establish a greater sense of purpose within your studies.

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

    If you are considering dropping a course entirely, there are a few things to be aware of before you do:

    • 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.

    If you have considered these, and still feel you need to drop a course, now is the time to do it. If you fail to withdraw before the census date, you will incur financial liability for the unit. Withdrawing from courses after the census date can also incur academic penalty on your official transcript. Also, keep in mind that in most instances you have the option of picking a different course or dropping a course entirely to reduce your semester workload. This may impact on your enrolment status and/or graduation date.

    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 or speak to a New2UQ team member to work through your options.

    MyAdvisor has information on withdrawing from a program or course, as well as information about appeals and special circumstances.

    You can also find independent advice for withdrawal applications through SHOC.

    You can have a go at the online workshop on Decision Making to help you walk through the basic steps of making a decision about your program.

    Check your program rules

    Contact our New2UQ team

    Visit myAdvisor to learn more about withdrawing from a course

    Get advice from SHOC

    Check out our online Decision Making workshop

  • Take a free online course on 'Unlocking your employability'

    Employability is much more than just getting a job. It's about understanding the world of work, knowing yourself, your values and your skills, identifying experiences in which you learn new skills, appreciating the transferability of those skills to other experiences, and articulating your unique employability.

    EMPLOY101x is a free self-paced online course based on UQ's approach to developing student employability. You can register for EMPLOY101X on EdX at any time. In the course, you will learn how to self-reflect on your experiences to recognise the skills and attributes that you have developed.  You'll also learn how to communicate your potential to an employer and be impactful throughout your career.

    The course has seven modules with instructional videos and interactive activities. Topics include:

    • Understanding what employability is and how to develop it,

    • Navigating the recruitment process, and

    • Transitioning to the workforce and lifelong employability development.

    • In EMPLOY101x, you'll hear from:

    • Employers discussing what they value when hiring new graduates,

    • Current students who are maximising their university experiences, 

    • Graduates who have effectively developed their employability and have successfully transitioned to the workplace, and

    • Experts in the field of employability with insights into key topics in the course.

    Register for EMPLOY101x - Unlocking your employability

  • Get writing help from another student

    Student Services offer a range of workshops for academic and general support during your time at UQ. The workshops run every semester at different times to accommodate your regular study schedule. Check the semester workshop calendar on the Student Services website.

    One of these workshops is the Peer Writing Support – Bring Your Draft workshop. These are facilitated by a writing mentor, who is a trained student volunteer. You need to bring along a hard copy of your draft assessment and a copy of the question/assessment requirements. The mentors will be able to talk you through the clarity and structure of your writing.

    The Peer Writing Support workshops are usually held during the semester, beginning around Week 4.

    Check out the workshop guide for general writing support 

    Bring a draft to a Peer Writing Support workshop