Preparing for online distance study , Te tīmata i tō tohu ā-ipurangi

Get ready to succeed at online study by planning your workload, sorting out your timetable, learning to use Stream, and connecting with other students at Massey.

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Learning to use Stream

When you start your online study, 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

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 qualification.

  • Remember that each course takes about 12 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

Find out how Student Services can support you

There are lots of ways we can support you to make the most of your time at Massey, and stay happy and well while you’re with us. You can access health and wellbeing support, counselling, academic support, disability support, financial assistance and more.

How to get medical treatment at Massey 

Massey Student Services 

Finding a good place to work

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

Study on a Massey campus

If you live near a Massey campus they 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 by distance, 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 distance students, Massey@Distance.

Massey @ Distance on Facebook

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

Māori @ Massey on Facebook

Massey Pacific Students' Association on Facebook