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Essentials for Success

If you have accepted your offer for your academic course for Term 3, 2020, we encourage you to attend our free six-week Essentials for Success course. This course has been designed to get you one step ahead while you wait for your academic course to commence.

Start date

The six-week Essentials for Success course starts on Tuesday, 15 September.

This is a perfect opportunity to familiarise yourself with our online learning platforms and prepare for university study.

What will I learn

  • academic skill practice
  • writing and presentations
  • careers and employability workshops
  • opportunities to interact and build connections with other students through the Student Café sessions
  • how to prepare for workplace culture and expectations in Australia.

These skill sets are valuable preparations if you choose to undertake an internship later in your academic course.

Each week consists of three days of study, allowing you plenty of time to fit in other commitments. There will be recommendations on additional reading or audio-visual material to help prepare for class activities.

Get started

Email international-admissions@cqu.edu.au with the subject line 'Essentials for Success' or phone +61 3 9616 0606.

Day 1

Session One

Academic English
Get to know other CQUni students, find out about this week’s theme and develop your critical thinking skills in a fun, communicative workshop environment.

Session Two

Academic Writing
Brush up on your academic writing skills, including style and structure, referencing conventions and language tips.

Session Three

Guided Self-study
Complete the CQUniversity Academic Integrity Moodle short course.

Day 2

Session One

Academic English
Develop your listening and note-taking skills and gain confidence in talking about academic topics in a small group environment.

Session Two

Academic Writing (continued)

Session Three

Guided Self-study
Put together a personalised learning plan focussed on improving your academic English skills at your own pace.

Day 3

Session One

Student Café Session
Everything you need to know about living and studying in Australia.

Session Two

Careers Workshop
How to stand out from the crowd in the Australian job market. Sessions one and two (60 minutes each) are delivered on Zoom. Session 3 tasks are at students’ own pace at a time that suits.

Week 1

English

Study Skills for Academic Success

Student Café Session

Welcome to Australia

Careers Workshop

Job search strategies for the Australian job market

Week 2

English

People and Communication

Student Café Session

Your OSHC, health and fitness

Careers Workshop

Resumes for the Australian job market

Week 3

English

Leadership

Student Café Session

Academic and personal support

Careers Workshop

Online job applications

Week 4

English

Technology and Innovation

Student Café Session

Surviving on a student budget

Careers Workshop

What employers want and understanding Australian work culture

Week 5

English

Sustainable Development Goals

Student Café Session

Getting involved in campus life

Careers Workshop

Job interview masterclass

Week 6

English

What is Social Innovation?

Student Café Session

Course advice, student abroad opportunities and internships

Careers Workshop

Networking and pitching your personal brand, LinkedIn and how to build your professional profile

Want a taste of online study before accepting your offer?

If you have received an offer from CQUniversity for any course and are unsure about starting your studies online while international borders are closed, we're offering a free two-day Essentials for Success – Starter course on Monday, 21 and Tuesday, 22 September 2020.

The free Starter course will help you decide whether studying online is right for you, before accepting your offer. Find out more about Essentials for Success – Starter.

Catherine Reyes

Upon completing Essentials for Success, I am more confident to complete assessment tasks. The teachers are hands-on and provided materials to assist us if we have some concerns or questions.

Having this free course helped boost our self esteem, enhance our communication skills and be informed of the different policies in academic writing. The weekly café sessions entertained us and helped understand Australian culture, the current employment situation, and guided us on how to build our career path. This course was a big help for me.

– Catherine Reyes, Philippines

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Essentials for Success is suitable for you if you want to get a head start in your studies and develop your skills in academia prior to starting your course, as well as building your connections with fellow international students.

Essentials for Success is available to Higher Education students who have accepted their offer for an upcoming term and have met all conditions.

Students who are commencing English language studies will need to complete their CQUEnglish course first, prior to undertaking our Essentials for Success course.

No, Essentials for Success is not compulsory; however, we do highly recommend this course to new students to help them prepare for their academic studies.

CQUniversity provides five-star student support, evident by our ratings in The Good Universities Guide and the latest International Student Barometer. Our CQUEnglish Language Centre also ranked highly in overall student experience and ranked first in Australia for making students feel welcome. As online students, you will receive the same access to support as you would in the classroom plus all the required materials, including library databases. You will have scheduled lectures and online sessions with lecturers and fellow classmates.

CQUniversity has a long history of offering innovative and interactive online learning. All access to the CQUniversity online study portals and sites is secure, giving you confidence that your work and contributions in class are secure.

Essentials for Success is a free course. CQUniversity want to prepare you with the best possible start and begin your learning journey with essentials that will enable you to succeed and excel once you commence your academic studies.

No, you will not receive any credit for completing Essentials for Success; however, this course will provide you with the essential tools and resources to assist you once you commence your studies. This will put you in a better position to succeed in your academic studies.

Once you have received your Letter of Offer from our Admissions team, you will need to send through a scanned and signed copy of your offer letter to accept the terms and conditions and our team will issue the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).