Uni life can be complicated at first, so this site will help make it a little easier to navigate your first semester at Monash. The weeks listed here represent the twelve teaching weeks of semester. Just start scrolling to browse topics to see important deadlines to help you manage your studies each week.
Contact hours versus real time commitment
In some units you'll only have a few hours of classes (contact hours) each week. Don't make the mistake of thinking you'll have a lot of free time.
Usually, you'll need to spend at least two hours of private study each week for each hour of class time. Some faculties recommend more. This increases when you're working on assignments.
So if you're enrolled in four units and you've got 12 contact hours each week (two lectures and one tutorial for each unit), you'll need to spend at least another 24 hours studying. That's 36 hours each week – about the same as a full-time job.
Tutorials – before or after lectures?
Tutorials often run a week behind lectures (for many units, there won't be a tutorial in the first week). So don't worry about trying to schedule a tutorial after the lecture.
If it was that important, the timetable would be set up so you couldn't schedule a tutorial before the lecture.
Managing back-to-back classes
If you've got back-to-back classes in different buildings, you'll probably be worried about getting to class on time.
Campus maps will help you estimate the time it will take to get from one class to another.
All classes start right on the scheduled time, so you should aim to arrive five minutes early. Classes will finish about 10 minutes before the hour, to give you time to get to your next class on time.
If you're held up, enter the class quietly through a rear or side door. If you're likely to be a few minutes late each time, speak to your teacher.
Be careful about scheduling too many classes back-to-back. You might find it hard to stay focused for several hours in a row.
Taking classes on different campuses
If you're planning on taking classes on different campuses, be sure to factor in travel time, parking, and walking from the carpark or bus stop to your class.
Check the schedule and travel times for the inter-campus bus.
Classes spread out or crammed into a few days?
Many students try to create a timetable that crams all their classes into two or three days. Even if this is possible, it doesn't mean you've got the rest of the week off. Full-time study takes about the same amount of time as a full-time job. See 'contact hours versus real time commitment' above.
Cramming classes into a couple of days risks overloading yourself on the days you do come to uni. After a few classes you'll be tired and finding it hard to focus.
If you spread your classes out, you can use your time in between to reflect and do your private study. You'll be on campus with access to computer labs, quiet study areas and all the library's resources.
Making use of gaps in your timetable
If you've got big gaps in your timetable, you've got the perfect opportunity to do your private study on campus.
Instead of going home and running the risk you'll be distracted by friends or family, you can get all your reading, class preparation and revision done at uni. Then you can go home and relax.
Your draft timetable will be released about a week before semester starts. See Allocate+ dates.
If you work part-time while you study, remember you'll need around two hours private study time for every hour of classes you take. If you're enrolled in a full-time study load, you've already got a 36-hour commitment to your course.
Try to find work that is flexible, so you can cut back hours if you need to, especially when assignments are due.
Career Gateway will help you find work, including jobs on campus.
Adjust your preferences early
During the adjustment period, the earlier you make any changes, the more chances you'll have of getting the class times you want.
To find out when the system opens for preference entry, see Allocate+ dates.