Tips for returning to study

By Zoe Taylor

If you haven’t studied for a while, it can be daunting to get back into it. No matter how long it’s been, getting into the swing of studying takes time and commitment, and it can be difficult to stay motivated and focused. However, there are a few things you can do to make it easier.

Don’t rush in
Ease back into studying, don’t go full throttle straight away. This can overwhelm you and be detrimental to your motivation, which in turn has a negative effect on your study and the quality of work you produce. Take your time, pace yourself and before you know it studying will be part of your life again.

Think about the study techniques you used when you studied previously. Decide what worked and what didn’t work, and apply these methods to your new course. However, be prepared to discover that those techniques that used to work for you don’t work as well anymore. This may not be the case, but if it is you may need to try out some other study techniques to find what works for you.


With things around us rapidly changing all the time, it’s quite possible that things are different since you last did a course. Do some research and find out more so that you know what to expect going in to a new course. Research the technologies available and commonly used to assist with study. Look into the types of qualifications you can now expand on and the course lengths, requirements and outcomes. Some great resources for learning more about qualifications are the MySkills and Australian Qualifications Framework websites. We’re also constantly posting information on this area on our Facebook Page.

Establish support
Make it known to your mentor and lecturers that you haven’t studied in a while, and might require assistance as you return to studying. If they’re in the loop, they’re able to take this into consideration and know to look out for you and check in with you to make sure you’re doing well. It’s also important to constantly engage your friends and family, keeping them updated with your studies to that they maintain an interest and you develop the opportunities to go to them if you need support.

If you employ these tips your return to study will be much easier and less daunting.

For help in finding the right career path for you, or for useful tips on areas such as studying, call 1800 143 080 or visit to contact one of our friendly career advisors!

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