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Second Year Success

Advanced writing and research skills for 2nd year success


Solid Foundations = Study Success

It doesn't matter if you are in first year or your last year, taking time to learn effective study skills (or address bad habits) will improve your academic performance.

1st Year Expectations 2nd Year Expectations
Students are learning how to learn Student study needs to be efficient, effective, and actively engage/participate in their learning

Figure 1

The role of the student (click image to enlarge)

Visual of the role of a student


Note. Sourced from the College of Business, Law and Governance (2022).

Refresh your study skills knowledge with:


College of Business, Law and Governance. (2022). CBLG active learning delivery. James Cook University.

Activity (10-15min)

Open Foundations of Academic Success and write down answers to these questions:

  1. How would you cite 'Foundations of Academic Success' in APA 7th referencing style?
  2. On what page can you find the section 'Sense of Purpose and Study'? 
  3. What is the Eisenhower Decision Matrix?
  4. What behaviours threaten your academic integrity?
  5. What are the symptoms and causes of maths anxiety?
  1. To cite the whole work: Morgan, R., Moody, L., & Stevenson, A. (Eds.). (2021). Foundations of academic success. James Cook University.
  2. Sense of Purpose and Study is on Page 10 - The takeaway message is that it is normal and OK to not have it all figured out – just remain open to possibilities as they evolve. Like what you are going through now from First Year to Second Year, you need to be open to change and make sure that you are focused on your studies.
  3. The Eisenhower Decision matrix allows you to see how things may need to be prioritised, you could make a list of tasks to be completed and then arrange them in a quadrant map based on importance and urgency. 
  4. Academic Integrity is threatened by the following behaviours include plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and collusion (TEQSA, 2019, p. 3).
  5. Symptoms and causes of maths anxiety refer to Page 80. The symptoms of maths anxiety range from simple low confidence problems to more complex physical symptoms. If you find yourself doing either of the following, you may have maths anxiety:
  • If you have low confidence and have negative thoughts such as “I am no good at maths”, “I won’t be able to do this”, “I am never going to understand this maths concept” (Department of Education, Victoria State Government, 2020).
  • If you have physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, increased breathing, or a panic attack when thinking about or doing maths (Department of Education, Victoria State Government, 2020). These symptoms are triggered when doing maths or from a thought (anticipation) of doing maths. The level of anxiety will vary from person to person (Department of Education, Victoria State Government, 2020). While maths anxiety is common, it can be managed or resolved to allow you to succeed in your maths learning journey.

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