Academic Progression - Stage 1

This page provides information on Stage 1 of the Academic Progression Staying on Track Program. The official university Student Academic Progression Policy is designed to provide early identification and support for students who are making poor progress.

What are you required to do under the policy?

  • You are required to have a meeting with your academic advisor in your school.
  • We strongly recommend that prior to the meeting you download and honestly consider and answer the stage 1 self reflection survey. We recommend you give your advisor a copy of your completed survey so that your advisor will discuss the issues you have included in your answers and will also give you enrolment advice.
  • For postgraduate students, you will be contacted by the Graduate School of Engineering to arrange a meeting with your academic advisor. For undergraduate students, you should contact your academic advisor to arrange a meeting (a list will be sent with your letter.
  • We recommend you attend a Staying on Track information session

What general advice do we give?

Your aim at this stage is to prevent another poor semester.

Something has to be very different from now on.

You may already know what’s gone wrong: not yet finding the balance of academic and non-academic life (part-timework, socialising, sport, on-line games, family); difficulty with assumed knowledge; lack of motivation or interest.

Can you make the necessary changes?

This is largely a stage where you take responsibility for the changes that need to be made, but in doing so you should use all the resources we make available to you, including meeting an academic advisor and completing the self-reflective survey.

Do not try to rush your degree to make up for lost time as this almost always results in more failures.

Most students who go onto Stage 1 manage to improve their progress and avoid any further “At Risk” notifications.

More Serious or ongoing problems

It is possible that there are strong personal issues affecting your performance which are not easy to resolve, such as depression, anxiety, fear, sadness, grief, family problems, financial difficulties or work commitments, relationship issues, health problems, sporting commitments, lack of focus or personal interest in the degree, or the work is simply too hard for you.

If so, this is not going to go away by simply saying “I’m going to try harder next time.” You may need to reduce your enrolment to a level you can manage (this can be approved for International Students), or be referred to a counsellor to help you manage your personal situation. In any case you must avoid repeating the same mistakes again. Be realistic about what you can manage in the coming year.

If you find the work too demanding it might be appropriate to consider an alternative degree or another institution, where you could get the right degree without a poor academic record. This is the time to consider this option or you risk wasting another year trying to achieve something you have little hope of getting. Any units you have passed already usually count for credit towards a similar subject in another degree (if there is a similar subject).