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Steve Bartimote

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Bachelor of IT

Why Deakin off-campus studies?
Although there are more local universities, Deakin offered the Security Major of the Bachelor of IT, which is where my interest lay. The course was also recommended to me by a few people.

While I won’t say that this last year has been easy, the Unit Chairs and Tutors have been amazing. I find I can definitely go to them when I have a problem.

The biggest challenge I have faced so far hasn't come from the study material or the complexity of the subjects. It’s been more about knowing “When do I do this?” and “Who to speak to about that?”.  Since I have not studied since high school, fitting back into a routine of study was very difficult and frustrating initially, but I’m used to it now.

Successes and aspirations
I only study part time because I work full time and train four days a week. That doesn't leave me much free time for my social life. However, there are also great benefits. For example, this first year of study has dramatically improved my working skills, to the point my manager has allowed me to change my work commitments from 10 days per fortnight to nine days per fortnight for the same amount of money!

Study tips and advice for new off-campus students
Some things that helped me:
•    CloudDeakin is your friend, make sure to use it.
•    Find someone you can study with locally. It doesn't have to be another Deakin student, a work mate who has done a similar degree can definitely help.
•    If it is important enough, you will make the time. This not only goes for study but you need to have a life outside of university, so sports or a massage is always good.
•    Don’t leave assignments to the last minute... ever!

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21st February 2013