Strategies For Success

Transitioning to tertiary study can be daunting. That’s why we offer Strategies for Success to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to tackle the academic demands of university. 

What does it involve?

Open to all new and current students, Strategies for Success is a series of special multi-day workshops offered as part of orientation each semester. It's designed to give you the strategies to succeed, so you feel better prepared when classes commence and can enjoy your university experience as much as possible. 

The program is run across three days and is held two weeks before the commencement of classes. New students and those who are ‘at risk’ are strongly encouraged to attend to help boost your confidence and improve your academic performance.

Topics include:

  • What skills do I need to be a successful student?
  • How do I get and stay motivated?
  • How do I balance study, paid work, family and leisure time?
  • How do I get the most out of my lectures and tutorials?
  • What Academic Support services are available?

How will I benefit?

Students who attended this program in recent years received an average mark 4-5% higher than students who did not attend. 

By attending Strategies for Success, you will:

  • Build valuable skills to help you if issues arise during your studies
  • Receive specific study requirements relevant to your faculty
  • Opportunity to meet other students in your faculty
  • Introduce you to a suite of support services including, academic development consultation services, language and academic skill support, student mentor activities; and careers guidance

Am I eligible?

Whether you are coming to Swinburne from secondary school, vocational education or returning to study, Strategies for Success is open to all students. 

We run Strategies for Success at the beginning of each Semester. Check below for the next session. 

Local students

Strategies for Success | Free intensive 3-day short course

For newly enrolled and continuing students in undergraduate and coursework masters program. 

Semester 2 program: Monday 22 - Wednesday 24 July, 2019

DayMon 22 JulyTue 23 JulyWed 24 July
Room EN313 EN313 EN313
10am - 12.30pm

Transition to university

Getting the most out of lectures

Academic skills
12.30pm - 1.30pm Free lunch  Free lunch  Free lunch
1.30pm - 4pm

Getting and staying motivated

Communication &
Information skills
Academic skills

Download the 2019 Strategies for Success Semester 2 program for more details.

International students

Strategies for Success | Free intensive 1-day short course

For newly enrolled and continuing international students, this program clarifies what to expect and provides some strategies to succeed at university. 

Semester 2 program:
Thursday 1 August 2019


Faculty of Health,
Arts and Design
Faculty of Business
and Law
Faculty of Science,
Engineering and Technology
Thur 1 Aug
Thur 1 Aug
Thur 1 Aug
Room ATC425 & ATC426 BA201 EN413
9.30am - 11am
Transition to study in Australia & Motivation
11am - 11.30am Morning tea Morning tea Morning tea
11.30am - 1pm
Getting the most out of lectures & Library/Canvas
1pm - 2pm Free lunch  Free lunch  Free lunch
2pm - 4.30pm Academic writing & Student services

Download the 2019 International Strategies for Success‌ flyer for more details.

How to apply?

To register, visit the Swinburne Orientation website and search your course to find your particular program. Registration is ideal but not necessary, please feel free to come along to as many sessions as you can. 

Contact us
If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact: 
+61 3 9214 8377.