The secret to getting good results when studying in Australia

During the 13 weeks of the semester, the most important is the last week when lecturers review and tell students what to catch before taking the exam.

Ms. Truong Nguyen Thoai Giang, a bachelor of Accounting and Master of Business Administration at Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia), now works for the Australian Government, sharing her learning experience here.

Since I was young, I wanted to study abroad, but because my family did not have the conditions, it was not until later when I graduated from Ho Chi Minh City University of Science and Technology in Chemistry, then worked for 4 years, I was able to save. a little luggage to pack on the road to study. When I arrived in Australia, I determined that to have a place in society, I must have outstanding academic achievements to compensate for my background from a developing country and speak poorly English.

I would like to share my personal experiences during my years at Victoria University, hopefully useful for those who are studying or want to study in Australia.

A semester at Asutralia University has two semesters, each term is only 13 weeks, half a week off. So every semester is really a sprint race right from the starting line. In addition, international students are required to study full-time, that is, they must take at least 4 subjects (subject) in a semester.

The assessment process for learning outcomes consists of three parts. Class tests in the 5th week account for about 20% of the total score, 30% for homework assignment in the 9th week and 50% for the final exam in the semester. During the first class session, the instructor will inform students of the program of study for the entire semester through the study guide.

The lecturer said that textbooks are required for students, reference books, specialized articles (journal) needed when doing big assignments, requirements of subjects, curriculum and practice. each week, the content of the test, a large topic for an individual or group (about 4 students), a passing rate, what percentage of past students were excellent and excellent. The textbook is a pillow book that students should buy, while other unused books can be borrowed at the school library.

Program of study for a week

The schedule of a subject in a week is two hours of lecture hall (with hundreds of students) and an hour of practice review, homework (tutorial) with about 20 students under the guidance of teachers. teaching assistants (usually new graduates). The contact time between lecturers and students is only three hours. Students are required to spend at least 9 additional hours each week of self study.

Before going to the lecture hall, students are required to read 1-2 curriculum and lecture notes (lecture note). That way, students can catch the information at the time of class because the amount of knowledge the lecturers impart in two hours is as much as falls! Foreign students with limited listening comprehension must try to multiply the native student population.

There is no scene where teachers read and copy games like in Vietnamese universities. You just need to print the lecture notes for easy reference and additional notes. Should choose to sit in the front row to easily access teachers. Interspersed during the lesson, the lecturer sometimes mentions the issues that will appear in the test so you need to focus on listening so that you don't miss important information. If for some reason you are suddenly absent-minded, you can still listen to it after the lesson, because the lectures are recorded.

You should arrive a few minutes in advance to avoid updating and disturbing the lecturer or other students. Before going to the practical class, students are required to prepare or solve problems beforehand. The tutor does not give an answer but only answers the questions and helps the students find the solution on their own.

In addition to class time, lecturers also arrange about two hours per week to support (consulting) students by appointment. You should take advantage of the opportunity to meet the lecturer for detailed explanations of things that are not clear. However, if you have something unclear, you can ask your teacher a short question right in the classroom or at the end of the class. Lecturers are usually available to answer questions for students at any time if convenient.


The test in class usually only takes knowledge in the first four weeks, at this time the number of exercises is small and simple so try to get the maximum score. Because the later you enter, the more knowledge and income you will find.

The most common major exercise is an essay that is 3,000 words long. To get a good score, you are required to cite a few books and at least 6 specialized articles. Half of these books and articles should be taken from the instructor's reference list, and the other half should do your own research to show the teacher that you have the ability to do your own research.

First, you must carefully analyze the lesson to understand the requirements, then you should refer to books, newspapers, write out an outline of the main ideas and then meet with the lecturer or assistant to see if you are on the right track before start writing. This is important because many of you are not used to writing a thesis that tends to digress or focus on what you understand rather than focus on answering the main question.

When writing, you do not need to shape each sentence, but write everything you can think of as quickly as possible, adding the content collected from reference books or specialized articles. Remember, you don't have to pass through paragraphs, you have to understand what the author means and rewrite them in your own words and you must have a reference source.

You can then organize and sharpen it. When finished, you should have someone read and correct English, then send it to the lecturer or tutor for suggestions and final corrections before officially submitting the article.

Prepare for the final exam of the semester

You should never skip a lesson, whether it is a lecture or an assignment. The most important is the 13th week when lecturers review and tell students what to catch before taking the test. This review is usually not recorded. However, you should not wait until the 89th minute but should prepare for the final exam of the subject from the first week by downloading the test of previous years to "gnaw" gradually. These exams come with answers that are a helpful document throughout the term.

You have 2 weeks to study for the exam. If you have any questions, you can still email or make an appointment with the instructor at this time.

School groups

Do not be afraid to interact with students in the same class to discuss when there are questions related to the school. Studying a teacher is not as good as a friend, but choosing a friend by playing by "looking at the face and catching a picture", choosing an industrious, intelligent, good English student to make friends. When you need to work in a group, be brave to form a group of students you have "scored" to get off to a good start.

Studying groups, exchanging information, and supporting each other will help you gain confidence and achieve better results than self-study. The University of Australia has programs to support students academically, for example, how to do homework assignments or write essays appropriate to the requirements of the university and various subjects such as business, law or science. .

Schools also teach (1) how to analyze the topic in order not to be off-topic, (2) how to write effectively and make conclusions, (3) how to cite and rewrite (paraphrase) to avoid making mistakes. writing, (4) how to write sentences clearly and the words used in writing and (5) effective reading.

When there are too many documents to handle you should skim for the main idea, then if you have time to read it again, which part is important to read carefully and highlight. You should also go to the librarian and ask them to consult websites, search tools to help you find reliable sources for your work.

In addition, you should attend seminars on the learning styles of high-achieving students, time management for busy students or presentation skills in front of the class. You should also learn about sports clubs or hobbies at school for opportunities to meet, make friends, play sports, and practice English. In the future, no matter what you do, the ability to read quickly, look up information, analyze problems, write, and present are essential.


Because there is a big difference in how you study at university compared to high school, or Australian university compared to Vietnam, you have to try from the beginning. New students are advised to be proactive and to take self-responsibility in their studies.

Never think about "buying" good essays for someone else to take. By doing this, you will lose the opportunity to practice to prepare for more important contests in the future such as job interviews. But the immediate consequence of cheating in study and examinations is that you can be expelled, canceled, and even have your degree revoked if you are found to buy a lesson later.

In short, hard work results in a sweet life. Everywhere is the same, not only the University of Australia, diligently honing the history and having effective learning methods, the carp becomes a dragon several times.