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Expectations of students


Independent learning

Cartoon illustrating independent learning

Many new students are surprised that they are expected to become self-directed and independent learners in Australian tertiary institutions. You will need to develop the following skills:

  • The capacity to learn without explicit direction, for example using the library to find readings, and organising and completing your assignments.
  • The ability to work independently and manage your time.

Asking questions

Some students feel uncomfortable about asking questions, perhaps because, they think they will be seen as rude, too demanding or wasting time. In Australia, staff would prefer you ask. If you don't understand something you are expected to ask questions.

Who to ask

At RMIT there are people whose job is to help you and answer your questions. These people include:

  • teaching staff
  • librarians
  • administrative staff.

Students can get support from staff in areas such as International Student Support, RMIT Connect and the Library's study support. These people are very keen to answer your questions and to help you.

Watch the videos

Now, visit Student stories, where international students were asked "Were your experiences at RMIT different to your expectations?"