Going from a Credit to High Distinctions – Step 6: Interaction and Communication


My final tip for increasing your marks would be interacting and communicating with lecturers, peers and alumni. Participation is often marked and it’s surprising how helpful it is to ask questions, discuss views with your peers and share thoughts.

Asking your lecturers for advice and communicating your goals as a student can give you an edge on assignment quality. In addition to all that, it’s a good idea to converse with alumni, both from your own degree and other universities. They can give you tips on studying effectively and prepare you for employment in the professional workplace.

Incorporating aspects of professionalism in your student assignments enables the lecturer to see that you are doing research above and beyond the subject outline. However if you do intend to do additional research, consultation or engagement with outside individuals, be sure to check with your lecturer beforehand.

Lecturers:

You can interact with your teachers in two different ways; digitally by email, discussion forum or through online meetings; and in person or by phone call. You should let them know what your aims are as a student, what marks you’re hoping to achieve, what you’d like to work on and what level of feedback you would like to receive for academic improvement.

Don’t forget to ask and clarify any details of assignments that you may be confused about. After all, your G.P.A. relies on assignment marks. I would also ask what are the major things they look for in assignments: is it figures, layout, grammar, referencing, etc?

Every lecturer is different. Be sure to constructively use any information and feedback your lecturers give you in future assignments. Don’t just use them for the one assignment you were asking about.

Peers:

You can interact with your peers through conversations on campus or through the Interact2 site if you’re a distance student. Conversing with peers can be a good way to solidify your understanding of a certain topic, help your overall mark for a subject and it’s a good way to make connections in your industry for the future.

Alumni:

You can interact with your alumni through Charles Sturt Facebook pages, with the help of lecturers and peers and by using the Academic Skills Team. Alumni are great for mentoring and offering advice on academic and professional skills. They should also form part of your networking strategy as they no doubt hold roles in your industry across Australia. This can be a great help in the future after you graduate.