The Student Support Team’s Guide to Check Up Week

The Student Support Team’s Guide to Check Up Week

Check up week for Trimester Two 2017 will take place the week beginning 10 July 2017. It is a chance for students to review their study load prior to the census date.

“That’s all well and good”, you say might say, “but what is census date and how do I review my study load”. The answer to this is “you ask a lot of questions, and that’s a good thing, keep that up”. More specifically, the answers you seek can be found below.

What is Census Date?

Census date is the last day that you are able to withdraw from units without incurring a fee for them (whether you are paying up front, or via HECS/HELP), so it’s pretty important.  Census date for Trimester Two 2017 is Monday 17 July.You have until 11.59pm on that day to withdraw from any unit.

How do I review my study load?

There are two things you might want to consider when you are assessing your current load.

Firstly, you want to assess how you are going generally. Are your marks for your first round of minor assessments or quizzes what you expected? Are you struggling with the subject matter and finding it hard to get your head around it? Do you think you would benefit by concentrating your efforts on one or two units - and understanding the content more thoroughly - rather than three, or four, and just passing, or worse, not passing?

Secondly, and most importantly, are you coping with your workload? If you are unable to devote 10 - 12 hours to your study per week, per unit - or you are going to find it hard to keep that kind of commitment in the future - you may find it really difficult to excel at your studies. What is worse, you could fall further behind and your marks could suffer as a result in the future. Further, you might not enjoy uni as much as you could, and should (study can be an interesting and rewarding experience).  

Where do I go for help?

So, these are the things that you need to be considering when you review your study load, but it’s not something you need to figure out all by yourself. You have a range of support services at your disposal, including the Student Support Team. We are available for a chat throughout the year via email at, or over the phone on 02 6773 4430.

If you are on-campus, you can come and chat to us face-to-face at UNE Life’s Winter event on 11 July 2017. We will have members of the Student Support Team on hand situated in the GeoDome. 

If you live near one of our Study Centres in Tamworth, Taree, or the future campus in Parramatta please get in touch and either drop in or arrange a 1 on 1 appointment with support staff.

You can also keep in touch with us via Facebook, Twitter, and via our blog The Insiders' Guide.

We are genuinely interested in how you are travelling and whatever we can do to help. If we don’t know the answer to your question, we will definitely be able to find you someone who will (within limits, of course, we still haven’t figured out what Grimace is supposed to be). So don’t hesitate to get in touch in whatever way suits you best.

Luke - Student Support

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