Information for studying online

Tips and advice on studying remotely and staying engaged with the University.

Get prepared for studying remotely

There’s a wide range of digital tools and services to help you study remotely. The Student IT team is here to help with IT support to get you setup and connected, ready for online study.

Set yourself up for studying remotely with these resources

Get online with a USB modem

We know that it might be hard to study without accessing the campus wifi, so we’re here to help you boost your personal internet connection.

We’re providing 1000 USB modems to students in need. Each USB modem comes with 8GB of monthly data to help you get online and complete your studies. The modems operate on the Optus mobile network, so you should check to see whether your home is within the network before you apply.

  • Eligibility

    You are eligible to apply for a USB modem if you:

    • Don’t have internet at home
    • Have internet at home, but it isn’t fast enough or doesn’t provide enough data for you to complete your studies

    The USB modems will be allocated by need. During the application process, you will be asked to provide a statement of need. A short written statement is enough, and you don’t need to supply any accompanying paperwork.

    As the USB modems operate on the Optus network, they are only available for onshore students currently in Australia.

  • How to apply

    Applications are now open.

    Apply now

    If successful, the USB modem will be delivered to your home. Once the data has been used, you do not need to return the modem.

    Applications will close when all USB modems are allocated.

Using the LMS

Most subjects are taught via a blend of lectures, tutorials, and online learning activities and discussions which are hosted on the LMS. In most cases this will mean you can participate by watching lectures online, complete required reading, join online discussions, quizzes and learning activities.

We have a range of guides and resources you can use to learn how to get the best out of your LMS. These include how to watch lectures online, participating in discussions, and submitting assignments.

Good practices and appropriate behaviours on the virtual campus

The University of Melbourne is committed to a safe, inclusive and respectful community. To help you feel safe when spending time on our virtual campus, we’ve created a guide explaining what practices and behaviours are expected of you and your peers while online.

Read the guide

Academic skills for studying online

The Academic Skills page has a wealth of handy online resources to help you study effectively off-campus. Get advice on time management, reading and notetaking, presenting to a group and plenty of other useful skills on the Academic Skills page.

Health and safety when studying at home

There are simple adjustments that you can make to your study space at home that will maximise your comfort, health and safety. Use the workstation illustration below to help you with the correct desk setup.

When seated at the workstation with my hands on the keyboard I can achieve the following posture: *Shoulders relaxed and symmetrical, head in midline, eyes straight ahead *Elbows close to the sides of the body *Forearms parallel to the floor *Hips slightly higher than knees *Thighs not making contact with underside of desk *Feet flat on the floor or footrest (not dangling)