Settling into postgraduate study

How can I settle into postgraduate study?

Answer ID 2152 | Last updated on 12/10/2022 09.43 AM

Starting postgraduate study is a big step. You're probably feeling excited, nervous and maybe even a little bit scared. These feelings are typical for new postgraduate students, whether you have come from straight from your undergraduate degree or are returning to study later in life. The new students web page contains lots of useful information to help, with additional resources listed below.
Make sure you attend your Orientation to make a strong start to your postgraduate studies here at UWA. Orientation events and activities are designed to help you settle into your studies, inform you about services and where to get support plus you get a chance to connect with other postgraduate students. Check out the UniStart website for your personalised Orientation schedule.
Student Transition Adviser
The Student Transition Adviser's role is to support postgraduate students during their transition to postgraduate study and throughout their time at UWA by offering orientation events and activities, providing useful resources and linking you to other services and support to help you connect with the UWA community. You are welcome to make an appointment to see the Student Transition Adviser by contacting the Transition Services team via Email Us.
Advice on how to settle into UWA can be most useful when it comes from those who are already studying here. UniMentor can connect you with a senior student from your area of study. They can provide you with support and advice while you transition to your new course. You can be linked with a mentor during Orientation or contact the Transition Services team via Email Us to request one.
The Guild
The UWA Student Guild has many clubs and societies you can join. The Postgraduate Student Association (PSA) is the representative body for postgraduate students at UWA and runs professional and social events throughout the year. Keep an eye out for the PSA newsletter to stay informed about what is on offer for postgrads.
Studying at UWA
You can find advice on all aspects of studying at university from STUDYSmarter. There are online services and study advisers to help you throughout your studies. If your course includes a research component, the Honours and Masters Hub provides Honours and Masters by Coursework students with resources to assist learning and support the research journey.

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