Motivation, stress and time management

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SMART Program

SMART is a free five-week program designed to maximise your academic outcomes by helping you to:

  • Develop strategies to build success
  • Use your time effectively
  • Develop and maintain motivation
  • Manage your stress throughout the year and during exam time

If you want to improve your results or address areas of difficulty, these sessions can help you to reach your goals.

Best results are achieved by attending all five SMART sessions, but you can register for single sessions, based on your needs.

Session times and registration

Clayton    Monday, August 11, 18, 25, September 1, October 6 12pm-1pm
Caulfield Wednesday, August 13, 20, 27, September 3, October 8 12pm-1pm
Berwick* Wednesday, August 13, 20, 27, September 3, 10, 17, October 1  12pm-1pm
Peninsula     Wednesday, August 27, October 2 10.30am-11.30am
Parkville Tuesday, 7 October (Exambusters) 12pm-1pm & 1pm-2pm

*two new sessions offered: Working in a Group & Conflict Resolution.

To book: Please register on the booking system

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students, please see Student Newsletter or Learning Skills (Parkville) website for upcoming workshops.

Session outlinesSelf-help resources
Strategies for success
- Identify your learning style
- Learn from the experience of successful students
- Understand and improve the way you learn
Time management
- Learn to prioritise and plan
- Create a plan to achieve your goals
- Make the most of your time
Motivation and procrastination

- Learn to let go of perfectionism
- Explore how to build and maintain motivation
- Develop strategies to manage procrastination

Stress management
- Identify your stressors
- Manage challenges as they arise
- Learn to maintain a balanced lifestyle
- Improve your exam preparation
- Manage your expectations
- Explore what works for other students
- Tips for staying well throughout the exam
Working in a group (Berwick only)
Getting the most out of working in a group
Common issues when working in groups
Strategies to overcome common issues
Conflict resolution (Berwick only)
Identify your personal conflict style
Learn ways to manage conflict


More Information

SMART A5 Flyer (pdf 247 KB)

Other resources and activities from the Library Research and Learning Team