Balancing work and study

Now you’ve settled into the semester, you might be looking for part-time work. Or, if you already have a job, you may be thinking about picking up some extra hours. As part-time work can affect your studies, it’s important you balance work and study well. If you don’t, it can impact your academic results and grade point average. It may also add to the duration (and expense) of your course. Here are some things to keep in mind when balancing study and part-time work:

  • Make sure you have the time to work – don’t take on part-time work hours if this will cause you to miss classes, request assignment extensions, or arrive at lectures tired and inattentive.
  • For successful study, it is recommended students commit an average of 2.5 hours per week for each unit of study. Full-time enrolment (18-units) requires 45 hours of study per week.
  • Be mindful that in addition to attending classes, you need to spend time doing research, assignments, pre-lecture reading, note taking, and participating in discussion. Make sure your work hours still allow you to allocate enough time to these tasks.

If you need help managing your studies, you can make an appointment with an International Student Advisor by calling 8201 2717 or email

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