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Why Deakin off-campus studies?
Studying off campus was my only real option. I am 34 years old, married with two children – seven and four years old. My daughter is now in school and because of the times that it started and finished, it gave me the flexibility to be able to pick her up and drop her off.
The other reason I chose off campus is because of my location. I live in Portland (100kms west of Warrnambool). I am doing a Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science and Software Development) which is not available in Warrnambool, but only at the Geelong or Melbourne Campuses. I am able to travel to the Warrnambool Campus to do my exams each semester.
As an off-campus student, I suppose the biggest challenge is still the lack of face-to-face contact with your lecturers and your fellow students. If you are having problems with a particular concept, you can feel very isolated, very easily.
They way I have overcome this is to use the resources I have available to me on CloudDeakin. CloudDeakin discussion space is invaluable and the lecturers are usually right on top of answering your queries. Also other students can also help out with your questions. Quite often, by going through the process of writing what you don’t understand, it leads you to the answer. After all, if you are having problems understanding a concept, you are more than likely not the only one, but as an off-campus student it is hard to gauge that without the face-to-face contact. If CloudDeakin doesn’t help, an email to my lecturer is the next thing.
Successes and aspirations
My biggest success so far is being able to exceed my expectations and adapt to studying off campus and having the self-discipline to balance study, family and still have a social life. I had a great first year, results wise: I won the Professor of Information Technology Award for the best first-year student in the Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science and Software Development)!
I still haven’t decided on exactly what I want to do when I have completed my studies. I am enjoying the different subjects and will probably get a better idea of what I like after the end of this year. It is important to me to have a job that I enjoy doing.
Study tips and advice for new off-campus students
The key is to be constantly aware of assignment due dates and how you are travelling overall. It is important to have one or two days off here and there. If I don’t take time off, it can be very counterproductive. Once you know how you are travelling, it’s easier to make those decisions to take a break, when you can afford it.
My other tips are: