Brooke: So you’re thinking of quitting? Have you considered part-time study?

USQ blogger Brooke Garratt

After completing a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and Human Resources in 2014, Brooke is now chasing her dream of becoming a Primary Teacher by completing a Master of Learning and Teaching (Primary). In her spare time, you can find Brooke in her garden, playing with her dogs or eating cake. While working full-time and studying part-time, Brooke knows all too well the juggling act that is involved when it comes to study, work, family, me time and maintaining a social life.

Let’s face it. Working and studying is full on … there’s no way to sugar-coat it! When you’re trying to read 4 x 100 page journal articles a week, listen to lectures, take in what is actually being taught in each subject and then have the pressure of meeting deadlines at work, it can all become a little overwhelming and seem easiest to just give up and quit study. We’ve all been there.

That’s why I chose to reduce my study load and study online. I can complete two or even just one subject per semester, which allows me to keep my job, gain an income and continually chip away at becoming a teacher. It also means that I can spend time with my pets, family and friends without the guilty voice in my head saying, ’You should be doing one of those four assignments you have’. It may take a little longer to complete my degree, but hey, at least I’m on my way.

Brooke's two dogs in the garden.
Ellie and the new addition, Annie. Who wouldn’t want to play with them instead of doing assignments?

My mum has just graduated from the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Psychology) and is now commencing the Master of Psychology (Clinical). I think if she can study, raise four children and run the family business I should be able to work and study part-time. Find out how she does it!

Brooke with her family.
My brother, sisters and amazing Mum

Before you decide to throw in the towel and quit your program, have you considered the following?

1. You can complete as little as one course a semester

By completing just one course a semester, you are still working towards your end goal. Another positive is that you are keeping your study skills, assignment writing and referencing skills fresh. We all know how hard it is to remember how to reference correctly after a break.  

2. You can study during Semester 3

USQ offers a number of courses in Semester 3, so why not use your time effectively and pick up one or two courses over summer if it fits in with your enrolment pattern? If you’re like me and want to graduate as soon as possible without the pressure of four courses a semester, this is a brilliant way to utilise your time. Not sure if S3 is for you? Check out how Candace manages working and studying over S3.

3. What will you be doing in 5 years’ time?

If you choose to quit uni and get a full-time job, will you still be happy in the job that you apply for today? Chances are … probably not. With an increase in competitiveness within the job market, I think it’s very beneficial to complete your degree and have something to fall back on if needed.

4. Census dates

If you’re thinking of dropping a course or quitting uni, make sure you do so before the census date to avoid fees and academic penalty.

So if you’re feeling overwhelmed with your current study load, consider part-time study.

If you’re still unsure or need to talk through your options with someone, have a chat to our student support team or Careers and Employability Team to find the best option for you.


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