Studying for university courses can be stressful, particularly at the beginning of your degree when you're still getting a sense of what it's all about. There are a number of things you can do improve the effectiveness of your study and make it an enjoyable and rewarding activity. One of the most important things you can do for academic success is to look after your own physical and mental wellbeing. See the Eating well, Sleeping well, and Getting Active sections for more information. Creating a healthy 'base' of nutrition, sleep, and exercise helps foster the perfect conditions for academic success.
Motivation - when you're struggling
It can be normal to feel irritable, frustrated, or gloomy from time to time. While moodiness or being moody may be unpleasant for you and those around you it should not cause you long-term troubles. If you start to notice that you are feeling very low, unmotivated, and lacking interest in the things you usually enjoy for long periods of time, it may be possible that you are depressed, and you should seek help. There are many options available to you as an ANU student, including GP services at ANU Health Coop and ANU Counselling. See a list of services and resources here.
Contact your individual course staff - lecturers, tutors, and teaching assistants are often the best first port of call if you'd like assistance with aspects of your course content or assessment. They may also have helpful advice about where to go next. Find your college's contact information here.
Academic Skills assists students who are looking to improve their fundamental academic skills. You can book appointments with peer writers, writing coaches, and learning advisors, as well as check out a range of online information and resources for essay and report writing, exams, presentations, and academic integrity, to name a few.
Is mental distress impacting upon your ability to study and learn effectively? There are a range of people you can speak to. ANU Counselling offers free and confidential counselling services to ANU students. If you live on-campus, reach out to your Senior Resident, or hall or college staff, for assistance. Family and friends are a great first port of call when you're not feeling well, too. See here for a list of the support available to you at ANU.
ANU Thrive offers consultations with student peer-educators, who can provide students with resources and information.
Studying - location, location, location!
Where do you study? There are a range of options at ANU and nearby, and it's about finding a spot - or number of spots - that work for you. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Marie Reay Teaching Centre - with many student commons areas, and being easily accessible, Marie-Reay is one of ANU's most frequented studying locations. Popular with students who want squeeze in some reading or essay writing between classes, Marie Reay is smack-bang in the middle of campus.
Chifley basement - a brand new, open and spacious area, offering great facilities and bulk study spots. Mix of desks, pods, rooms and benches.
Chifley Library - right in the middle of campus, with a mix of tables, pods, individual desks, and group rooms.
Hancock Library - similarly proximal, with a mix of tables, rooms, and desks.
Menzies Library - slightly out of the way, and arguably not as popular, offering greater peace and quiet. Check out the basement, too, for a niche, tucked-away study spot.
The Law Library - individual and mixed-use study space, very proximal for law students.
Art & Music Library - located at the ANU School of Art, this smaller library is a great study spot slightly away from it all. It's also proximal to La Baguette, a tucked-away café popular with staff and students.
- When stress becomes chronic, it can negatively impact on your health and psychological wellbeing. Healthline has a helpful article on the difference between normal and chronic stress.
- Check out Academic Skills' fantastic resources and tips on how to effectively read, note-take, conduct research, and manage your time (among many other things) here.
- You can take advantage of research-backed techniques and tips for learning, too. Check out the American Psychological Association's helpful research-tested techniques to study effectively
- See ANU Counselling's helpful resources and information relating to study.
- Check out these science students' favourite study places for some new ideas.