Information for students returning to study

Welcome back to study!

If you have already studied at university, there may be many aspects of student life that are already quite familiar to you. Equally though, this might be a time of transition. Particularly if you have been away from study for a number of years, are studying a different subject area or are moving from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

Here are some aspects of life at Massey that you may want to consider as you prepare to return to study.

  • Online learning plays an important role in many of the courses that Massey offers. You may want to take some time to get familiar with Stream, Massey's online learning environment, and with library’s online catalogue and resources. Take some time to familiarise yourself with the process of locating books and journal articles in your subject area.

  • If you are studying in a different field, you may need to familiarise yourself with new expectations around the style of writing or assessment in this area. Massey’s Online Writing and Learning Link (OWLL) web pages cover academic writing and advice for preparing different types of assignments. Reading up on recent journal articles in your field of study is another way to get familiar with the style of language and terminology that you may need to know.

  • Referencing plays an important role in almost all courses. Many returning students comment that they find that expectations around referencing have become more strict. Fortunately, there is plenty of support available for students. The OWLL web pages offers a good overview of APA referencing (used in most Massey courses) and the library run workshops on the referencing program EndNote, which postgrad students may find especially useful.

  • Finally, remember the advantages that you bring to your study: life experience, determination, planning skills and motivation. You will find these invaluable, make the most of them.

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