Preparing for online distance study

There are lots of great things about getting your qualification by distance, and some unique challenges. Prepare for success by planning your workload, learning to use Stream before your programme starts, and connecting with other students who can share your Massey journey.

Learning to use Stream

When you start your online qualification, you'll need to get to grips with a new way of working.

You’ll attend your lectures and seminars in Stream, Massey’s online learning environment. You’ll also use Stream to find course material and assignments, and to have discussions with your lecturers and other students.

Learn about Stream, and check it works on your internet browser

Getting started in Stream course

Our Getting Started in Stream course teaches you everything you need to know to use the platform successfully. You’ll be invited to do it via email, a few weeks before your first semester.

It's a very good idea to do this course early. That way, when classes begin, you’ll have the time and space to focus on learning.

Fitting study into your life

Whether you're studying full–time or balancing your qualification with other commitments, it's normal to feel nervous about how you'll manage your workload.

Plan your workload

Being organised and realistic is the key to enjoying your online study experience and succeeding at your programme.

  • Remember that each course takes about twelve hours' work a week
  • Ask your lecturer for your assignment and exam dates at the start of your first semester, so you can make a plan to meet your deadlines
  • Before you enrol in courses each semester, you can use our Workload Planning Tool to calculate how much time you have to study

Workload Planning Tool

Finding a good place to work

Most online students love having the freedom to study at home or in a cafe – but if you need somewhere quiet to focus, you can work at a university campus.

Study on-campus

Massey campuses are great places to work. You’ll get free wifi and access to our library collections, individual and group study spaces and cafes. You can even drop into a class at the Recreation Centre on your way home!

Work in another university's library

If you don’t live near a Massey campus, you may be able to work in another university’s library. Massey students can use and borrow books from university libraries around New Zealand and Australia as part of the ULANZ scheme. You’ll need your Student ID card to do this.

Libraries you can access with your Massey Student ID card

Meeting and working with other students

You may be studying remotely, but you're still an important part of the Massey community. Connecting with others isn't just about socialising – sharing ideas, working together and supporting each other will help you succeed at your programme.

Social media is a great place to start. Join the Facebook group for the university's society for online students, Massey@Distance.

There are also groups especially for international students, Māori and Pasifika students,  different subjects and more – so it’s easy to find somewhere you’ll feel at home.

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