Top five tips for success by Gerard Stone, Program Director: Commerce

Time spent learning

There is no substitute for time spent on learning. This includes preparing for, attending and contributing to classes, time on assessment and using and engaging with the excellent learning materials and resources on course LearnOnline websites. Nine to ten hours per course each week is highly recommended. If you're the next Stephen Hawking, make it eight hours each week. 

Cut out noise while you're learning

Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram will still be there when you've finished studying. Disconnect anything that can distract you from learning. Find a place and a space which is conducive to learning and producing your best work.

Continuous assessment - make it count

This assessment is designed to provide you with regular and timely feedback on your learning. Use continuous assessment to identify areas which require revision and extra attention. Continuous assessment is typically worth more than ten per cent of the course grade. This is the difference in a grade. By giving continuous assessment the attention and energy that it deserves, you can make a credit grade into a distinction. 

Clarify queries regularly

Don't allow queries to pile up during the study period. Much of the course work builds on previous topics. Thus, understanding those previous topics is key to understanding and succeeding in the course as a whole. Work with your course contact (coordinator, tutor, workshop facilitator and/or forum moderator) to regularly clarify queries. This also assists during exam revision. Valuable time will not need to be spent clarifying previous course work.

Develop the skills employers want

It's a universal finding - all the research on the employers of business graduates shows that employers seek strong communicators, graduates who work well in teams, and who meet deadlines and use feedback to improve their performance. Each year in our program, you will have opportunities to develop your written and oral communication skills and teamwork skills. You'll be expected to meet deadlines and apply feedback to improve your performance. Make the most of these opportunities to develop the skills that employers want. Highlight your achievements in these key skill areas in your resume.