15 April 16Hope Terdich



It is that time of semester again – assignments are looming in the near future, they all seem to be due at once, and you are wondering how you will get through it all. 

Often, the best and only thing you can do is knuckle down and hit the books. But what to do when you are battling your way through the multitude of essays, tests and reports you need to get done, and life gets in the way?

Maybe you broke your leg or ended up in hospital, maybe you’re suffering through a family crisis or undergoing some form of hardship, like losing your job or even being the victim of a crime. There are many situations that can arise unexpectedly that might get in the way of completing assignments and exams on time.

While it is tempting to panic in these situations (and many of us do), hide under a blanket or tell yourself you will face it all later, the truth is there are ways to take the pressure off, give yourself some time to work through your problems, and get back on track.

The first thing to do is talk to your Unit Chair. If your assignment is not overdue yet, you may have time to apply for an extension. Your Unit Chair may give you extra time to complete your assignment or allow you to sit a test at a different time. Check out your unit guide to find more information about applying for an extension.

If it is past the due date, or you need an extension of more than two weeks, you may need to apply for special consideration.  If you have never applied for special consideration before, it can seem like a daunting process, especially with everything else going on. Just take a few deep breaths, and work your way through, one step at a time.

If you think you may be eligible for special consideration, make sure you have documentation supporting your claim, for example a medical certificate or a statutory declaration. If you need help with this, contact a DUSA Advocate and they will be able to help you out.

If your assignment was due within the last three working days, you can apply for special consideration through Student Connect. If it has been more than three days, but you have a really good reason, don’t panic! You can contact your faculty or school and see if you may still be eligible. Visit Deakin Faculty Advisors webpage.

If you are granted special consideration, you may be given extra time to complete an assessment, be allowed to sit a supplementary exam, or be given a special assignment to complete.

If you are struggling but your situation does not seem to warrant a special consideration application, remember that there are many other ways you can take the pressure off.  If you have an ongoing issue, there are many services that can make your life at Deakin a little easier, for example, the Disability Resource Centre or financial services. Or if you just feel you need a bit of extra help with an assessment task, check out Study Support for some resources, talk to a Writing Mentor or a Language and Learning Adviser.

There is always someone who can help!

For all the information about how to apply for special consideration visit Deakin Special Consideration.