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Plan to be busy

A little time management, applied early, can help reduce stress and avoid the pressure of deadlines. You can use the planning resources available on the Academic Skills Blackboard site to develop a weekly and semester planner. Mark assessment due dates on a study calendar and use the Assignment Calculator to work out ‘start work’ dates. Include personal commitments and check the calendar daily to keep on track.

Complete the Toolkit

Complete the Starting at USC Toolkit as a self-assessment to get connected with relevant resources to assist you with your studies.

Attend pre-semester Academic Skills Workshops

Attend pre-semester Academic Skills Workshops to brush up on your academic writing, study and proofreading skills before the semester starts.

Create work/life/study balance

Make an appointment with a Student Success adviser via the Student Hub to discuss work/life/study balance and consider the right mix for you.

Access Library help

Access Library help to further develop your research skills and attend a library tour during Orientation. The USC Library has an extensive range of online information and resources to assist you with your research that can be accessed 24/7.

Improve your IT skills

Develop your IT skills with training options to get the most out of your studies. USC offers a range of options for all levels via the Train(ing) Station on Blackboard. IT Services offer a wide range of IT support for students; contact the Student IT Help Desk for further assistance.

Understand your program

Many programs at USC have Inherent Academic Requirements (IAR) identified. If your program has IARs, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet these requirements. If you have a disability or ongoing health condition, contact a USC Ability Adviser to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.