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.
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Weeks 1 - 3
Want to make unit changes?
Find out about the deadlines for adding or dropping units
Study matters: getting off to a good start
Services for students
Help for first years
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By week four you'll have a good understanding of your study load and the academic expectations of your faculty.
This is also the time that your unit selection is finalised. You may be unsure about a few things, but now is the time to decide and act to ensure your workload is manageable and you're in the right course.
Here's a few things to think about
If you're concerned about the course or units you've chosen, you should speak to your faculty's course adviser.
It's too late to add a new unit now, but if you're considering dropping a unit, you'll need to do so by the census date (31 March) to avoid paying fees for that unit.
Dropping a unit, studying part-time
If you're thinking of dropping a unit:
- talk to your faculty's course adviser first. Make sure you don't drop units that are prerequisites for others you plan take later
- log into WES to 'discontinue' the unit
- do this by the census date (31 March) to avoid paying fees for the unit.
Deferring, taking study leave, dropping out
If you're thinking of dropping out of your course, your options are:
- defer your course until next semester or next year - if your faculty allows this
- take study leave ('intermission'), if your faculty does not allow you to defer now that you've started your course
- withdraw entirely from your course.
Log into WES to apply to defer, take study leave or withdraw from your course.
But before you make such a big a decision, get some advice. You can get free advice from a:
- course adviser in your faculty
- counsellor from the Health Service
If you're struggling with your studies, you can get help from a librarian or learning skills adviser in the library.
They offer free 10-15 minute consultations without an appointment at library research and learning points.
You can get help on researching for assignments, improving your academic writing, and general study skills advice.
Managing your reading
If you're feeling snowed under with the amount of reading you have to do, check out these tips on managing your reading.
University is a great place to make friends and extend your network of contacts. Here are some things you could consider.
The University offers a range of support services to help you get the most out of your time at uni. See: