19 Mar to 23 Mar

Explore your path

Reflect on your accomplishments, and consider how much closer you have come to your goals. Mid-semester assessments are approaching, and we are here to help you put in your best effort. 

It is also important to remember that Census date (financial liability) is coming up on Sat, 31 March. It's time to critically examine your direction at UQ. 

  • Decide if you want to drop a course by census date
    Sat 31 Mar (without financial liability)

    Census date is your last chance to drop this semester's courses or cancel your enrolment without financial liability.

    There are some things to consider before making the decision to drop 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.
    • 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.

    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.

    My.UQ 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.


  • Check your Blackboard and UQ email

    This is how your instructors, your faculty or school and UQ will keep in touch with you.

    To ensure a successful first semester, keep up to date with your readings and assessments on Blackboard (Learn.UQ) and any announcements that come through on Blackboard or your UQ email.

    Remember - Blackboard (Learn.UQ) is the eLearning system at UQ for electronic course delivery, where you can access course materials; submit your assignments; take quizzes; view your results; contact your instructors, and collaborate with other students in the class through the discussion board.

    Hopefully, you have gotten familiar with Blackboard over the first few weeks; if not, it's not too late! Check out the Library's online tutorials on how to use Blackboard. For further help, the Library's I.T. service can assist you.

    Your UQ email is where we will send important notices. You can log-in through Microsoft 365. If you prefer to use your existing email, you can forward your UQ email to your current email. ITS has detailed instructions on how to forward your email.

  • Study and keep up with your assignments

    Try to complete any required readings prior to the corresponding lecture or tutorial as they provide much of the background to what will be discussed. If you have found you are falling behind with readings, skim over those from previous weeks and come back to them later to take proper notes. It is also good to try to identify why.

    It also helps to talk to other students in your classes or in your study group. You may be able to help each other keep pace with the work and catch up on anything you may have missed.

    Write yourself a list of tasks that need completing in the short-term (e.g. today or this week) in order of priority. This is a detailed version of your semester planner and helps you manage your time effectively.

    If you have concerns or are finding it hard to keep up, speak to your lecturer or tutor as early as possible. They can help get you back on track to completing assessments and coursework on time.

  • Prepare for mid-semester assessments

    By now, some assessment due dates, including mid-semester exams, will be approaching. There are a few tips to make sure you are as prepared as you can be:

    • Check the Important Dates for the semester
    • If you have gotten to know some people in your classes, it can be a good idea to help each other as a study group
    • Make sure you know what the requirements are for each assessment. Read the marking criteria carefully. Use these criteria once you have finished your assessment to make sure you have met each criterion.
    • If you have mid-semester exams, check your timetable carefully.
    • Know everything you can about the exam itself. How long is the exam? What type of questions are there? How many questions are there? Knowing these things will allow you to budget your time before you enter the exam room, so you get time to attempt every question.
    • Check past exam papers. It can be helpful to attempt these exams like you would a real exam. Once you have finished, go through your notes and study materials to confirm answers or to correct errors.
    • RELAX! No matter what your study timetable is, you need to build in time to chill out and do other things that you enjoy. 
  • Learn more about support from UQ

    UQ’s Student Services offers a wide range of both academic and non-academic support services to help students succeed during their degree. These include:

    • academic and learning advice
    • counselling
    • rental and accommodation advice
    • multi-faith chaplaincy
    • disability services, and
    • wide-ranging support for international students

    Contact details for Student Services on each campus can be found on the Student Services website.

    The UQ Union also offers student support through the Student Help on Campus (SHOC) team. SHOC is a free support service that operates independently from the University and contact you have with them will not be shared with UQ. SHOC is able to provide advice on some matters that University staff cannot, including support and advice about:

    • employment
    • education & equity
    • gender & sexuality
    • migration
    • welfare, and
    • legal issues.

    Appointments with SHOC can be made by phone (07) 3346 3400 or email shoc@uqu.com.au.