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Chapter 02 - Getting In

Getting into university can seem a daunting exercise – but it shouldn’t. All universities have alternative ways of getting in, and many don’t require an ATAR, and there’s a big secret about ATARs universities want to keep from you. See more

Chapter 03 - Advanced Standing

Universities have a process called Advanced Standing, where you can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your degree and it can save you thousands of dollars. It’s just that universities are really bad at telling you how to apply for it. See more

Chapter 04 - Subjects and Courses

Know the difference between a course structure and a course pattern? Or the difference between a program and course, or subject and unit. Know how to enrol, or what electives are? Sometimes what you study is easier than navigating the administrative side of how to get through uni. See more

Chapter 05 - Assignments

The only way to get through uni is to pass assignments. Get the inside story on how your work is marked, how to get a remark and how to complain if you think you think something has gone wrong. See more

Chapter 06 - Getting Into Trouble

Do you know the difference between plagiarism, collusion, cheating and academic misconduct. Learn how to avoid getting into trouble in the first place, and what to do if you do have to face an investigation. See more

Chapter 07 - Special Consideration

Sometimes life gets in the way of uni - and Special Consideration can help. Learn how to apply for Special Consideration and how to navigate all the administrative stuff. Universities want you to achieve, it's just sometimes it doesn't look like it. See more

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About the Book

Australian universities want their students to succeed – it’s just that they are really bad at telling students how to do that. In most cases, it is caused by a lack of understanding of the student’s perspective, and an assumption that it is the student’s fault when things go wrong. The main reason many students struggle at university is that information about how to succeed is hidden from students, not deliberately, but because university processes are often complex and difficult to understand. Many students just don’t know that there is help available, or even if they do, they give up trying when it just becomes too hard. This book reveals those secrets and makes life a little easier for students.

Universities in Australia are homogenous. Unlike the range of higher education providers in most other countries, all Australian universities are based on the same structures and processes of the first few universities started more than 150 years ago. The similarities of Australian universities is helpful for a book like this, because even though we use examples from many universities to reveal the secrets to university success, the policies, processes and approaches (and the thinking of staff) are so similar that the problems at one university are highly likely to be experienced by students at a completely different university. And the solutions will also be the same.

About the Author

Dr Andrew Smith has over 30 years' experience in Universities in Australia in roles ranging from student, lecturer, course director, Head of School and Associate Dean. He has advised hundreds of students in the art of navigating the intricacies of university processes, how to achieve the best from the system and how to avoid the common problems many students face that affect their ability to succeed.