How I got First Class Honor at University of Melbourne?

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Hey guys. 🙂 In this article, I am going to write down a very interesting story about a student who got first-class honor at the University of Melbourne. Sam Xiang is a student at the University of Melbourne. He got first class honor in the recent university exams, and he has shared his journey with us.

It is something that makes Sam a role model for thousands of students who aspire to get to first class honors. What makes Sam’s story even more inspiring and exciting is that he is from Hong Kong.

It means he was unfamiliar with what University of Melbourne offers to the students. So, through this write-up, let’s look into Sam’s journey from getting an Australian Visa to getting a first class honor. Let us also learn about the University of Melbourne and what it offers to the students who apply there.

I will be dividing this article into two parts. Part 1 will give you a brief introduction to the University of Melbourne and the Part 2 will cover Sam’s story in his own words. Let’s get started.

The University Of Melbourne


Let me make it easier for you to understand the details about the University of Melbourne. Following are the points which you should know about the university as it is important for a student to check out the place first:

Introduction & Rankings

It is a public research University which is located in Melbourne, Australia. It is Australia’s second oldest University which was founded in 1853 and is also the second oldest university in Victoria. University of Melbourne is ranked first among all the other Australian Universities and is ranked 33rd in the world, by the Times Higher Education.

Their Motto

The main motto of the University of Melbourne is to grow in the esteem of the future generations. It focuses on the development of the students in every possible manner and is keen to provide high-quality education.


Main Campus

The university’s main campus is located in Parkville which is an inner suburb north of the Melbourne Central Business district. Trust me it’s a huge and beautiful campus.

University of Melbourne Address

Following is the Street Address of Parkville Campus: Grattan Street, Parkville, Victoria, 3010.
This is available on GPS so, you can easily trace out the location.

The University of Melbourne has a total of 12 residential colleges. 7 of them are placed in an arc formation at the northern edge of the campus. The other five colleges are located outside the university grounds.

The best part is that these colleges aim to provide accommodation and excellent educational experience to its students. Melbourne University’s accommodation is good. The facilities here are amazing, and the rooms are well maintained.

The most important thing is that all the colleges are residential colleges and they provide residence to the students, faculty and the other staff members. Your time gets saved due to this. You can quickly attend your classes without wasting time and money on accommodations outside the University. Well, you can focus on your studies as you get all the necessary facilities.

Other Campuses of the University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne has four more campuses in metropolitan Melbourne. These are at:

  • Burnley- Provides Horticulture courses.
  • Southbank- Provides Performing arts courses.
  • Hawthorn- Commerce courses are taught here.
  • Werribee- Veterinary courses are taught here.

There are other campuses in regional Victoria too. These are Creswick campus used for forestry courses and Dookie campus used for Agriculture courses. Earlier they were residence to hundreds of students but, now they are only used for short courses and research.

One more campus is there which is at Shepparton. It houses the Rural Health Academic Center for Dentistry, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The university is also the part of the Melbourne business school which based at Parkville campus. It ranks at the 46th number according to the Financial Times global rankings.

Melbourne University Courses


Following are the courses which the university of Melbourne university provides:

  • Architecture, Building and Planning- Melbourne School of Design
  • Arts- Faculty of Arts, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Melbourne School of Government.
  • Business and Economics- Faculty of Business and Economics, Melbourne Business School.
  • Education- Melbourne Graduate School of Education.
  • Engineering- Melbourne School of Engineering, School of Computing and Information Systems.
  • Law- Melbourne Law School.
  • Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences- Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Melbourne Dental School, Melbourne Medical School, Melbourne School of Health Sciences, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, School of Biomedical Sciences.
  • Sciences- Faculty of Science, School of BioSciences, School of Chemistry, School of Earth Sciences, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, School of Geography, School of Mathematics and Statistics, School of Physics.
  • Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences- Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.
  • Victorian College of Arts & Melbourne Conservatorium of Music- Faculty of VCA and MCM.

For more information regarding the courses offered by the University of Melbourne, click here.

Melbourne University Fee Structure

Every undergraduate program has a study load, and it’s been assigned to one of the discipline fee bands(display subject fee). Most of the undergraduate courses need the students to enroll in subjects from more than one discipline fee band. This is for a total study load across all subjects of 100 points per year as credit points.

Following is the process to find out the cost of a subject:

Subject study load(as fraction)  X  Subject fee($ per study load) = Cost of subject

It is an idea which I have provided to you. For more information regarding the fee structure or tuition fee tables and the upcoming academic year’s fee terms and conditions, click here.

Melbourne University Jobs/Career

Working at Melbourne University is like a dream come true as the university fully takes care of its students, faculties and the other staff members.There is wide range of courses for which you can apply as a faculty at the University of Melbourne.

There are vacancies for various other staff support too. You just need to apply, and you will be a step closer to your dream job. All facilities are provided including stay. Click here , to know the job opportunities at Melbourne University. This will give you a brief idea.

Melbourne University LMS(Learning Management System)

It is an online system of the University of Melbourne which is used for delivering subject content tot he students. LMS uses different educational technologies from various enterprise providers like BlackBoard, Learning Objects, and TurnItIn.

The teaching staff also uses LMS for various tasks like providing online versions of class materials and readings, Allowing electronic submission of the projects/assignments, etc. For detailed information on this system LMS, click here.

Let’s now move onto part 2 of our article and see what Sam has to share with us, about his journey towards getting the first-class honor.

Part 2- Journey Of Sam Xiang- Initial Struggles and Victory at the end

Hi folks! I am Sam Xiang. I had this dream of studying in an Australian university since childhood. Maybe it is because my mother is from Australia. So, yeah, the love for Australia is in my genes. But, it is clear that having an Australian mom and having the love for this country was never going to help me.

So, I just did what a smart person would have done, and that is efforts! Now, after achieving first-class honor in the University of Melbourne, I feel a sense of satisfaction.

So, if you are interested, you can read my story from being an Australian fanboy to an Australian university topper here. Oh, forgot to mention my subject and year! I am an amateur writer indeed. Well, coming back to the point, I am a first-year biology student at the University of Melbourne. 

Let us now read the main experience of Sam Xiang that how he struggled to get his First-class honor at The University of Melbourne. This his journey, his story which will surely help and motivate you in your journey. 🙂

Journey of my visa application to reaching Australia

I applied for my course as soon as the applications were opened at the University of Melbourne. Much to my happiness, my application was accepted. After that, I got the acceptance letter from the university. What’s next? I applied for Visa. Visa was granted as I had fulfilled all the requirements related to it from financial to health requirements. Furthermore, my English was good as well.

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After that, I took the flight to Australia, and in around nine hours I found myself flying over Melbourne. Next, I went to my aunt’s place in Melbourne who was responsible for helping me find a place to live. They did a great job and still support me whenever I am in trouble.

Faculty and the difficulty of the studies

You are aware that Australian universities are not short of the highly qualified faculty. Infrastructure also meets the global standards. So, I would say the same when it comes to the faculty at the University of Melbourne. I am glad to say that I am learning from the teachers who have years of experience. They also don’t laze around and stay ready to help the students.

One of the things that I like about University of Melbourne is its calm and cool environment. Students are friendly here, and I find the libraries peaceful enough to study. University management has done well in providing the students with the best in everything.

Studying in Australia is fairly difficult as it is famous for providing quality education. However, you have excellent faculty, fine infrastructure, and assignment writing helpers to help you in the study. So, all you need to do is efforts, and you will find it easy.

What techniques did I use for my exam preparation?

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My routine around two weeks before exams

  • First of all, I ensured that I had the complete idea of the exam dates and time. I also started making efforts to collect the reliable study material. Furthermore, I found my stationary was also intact before the exams.
  • As it was my first university exam (Australian university exam to be precise), I was focused on to find the types of questions I have to answers in the exams. My efforts were also on to find out which topics and chapters may come in the exams. Old exam papers could give me an idea of the same. So, I didn’t bother to wait for anything. I just gathered the exam papers from the previous years.
  • It is right that I have had studied whole year. But, I recognized the exam revision lectures were most crucial for me to deal with the exams. It helped me a lot as I got to quick review what I had studied the whole year. I also made sure that my notes were complete and ready to feed in my mind.
  • One of my plans was to practice answering the exams questions before the exams. I wanted to do it because it is helpful in learning to complete an answer on time. I am glad did it successfully.

What did I do during the Swat Voc?

Swat Voc is the time that I wanted to use effectively. Reason? It is the time when I am free from university and get 24 hours to prepare for the exams. But, of course, I didn’t study 24 hours to get first class honor at the University of Melbourne. All I did is:

  1. Made a timetable and did revisions sticking to it
  2. At times, I studied alone to study efficiently, and when I found myself bored or lacking motivation, then I joined my friend circle for the group study. Both of these methods helped me a lot.
  3. I also had it in mind not to take too much stress of the exams. For that, I already had the idea that worrying will not do anything (I am a master of philosophy, contact me to attend my sessions, LOL). Along with that, I gave proper attention to my diet. I avoided junk food for at least ten days during the exams, and my intake was healthy and light food only.
  4. Moreover, I exercised every morning after taking at least 7 hours sleep each night.
  5. Drinking lots of water was also my mission. I completed that successfully.

How was the night before the exam for me? Horrific or wow it’s a fine night!

Well, neither that night terrified me, nor it was too cool. You are already aware that I am cooler than cucumber mates! So, what I did the night before the exam? Learn below:

  • I recited the main points of each topic. Also, I checked my recall against the notes.
  • I ensured not to cram any topic. An expert had suggested me not to do that as it may affect my memory of what I learned in the past few days.
  • Next, I had a good dinner, packed my bag and fell asleep without worrying anything.

What worked for me during the reading time in the exam day?

  1. First of all, I did a complete overview of the question paper right after getting it. I read the questions carefully and did the same for the instructions.
  2.  Next, I focused on to calculate the time I need to spend attempting each question. For example, I planned to spend around 30 minutes on the 20 marks questions. Also, I wanted around 15 minutes time to review the answer paper at the end of the exam. I am glad that everything went as per my plan.
  3. I went with the general rule when it comes to selecting which questions to answers first. In other words, I planned to answer such questions first which I found easy and most important.

What are the best tips to attempt the exam?

So after reading time comes writing time. What could be the right way to deal with the question when you are ready for writing? Let me give you some tips in this section of the assignment.

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  • Firstly attempt the questions that seem a piece of cake for you. It will allow you to work fast in the initial stage of the exam. The result would be, you will get lots of time to attempt the tough question. It is the trick that I used effectively.
  • Why would I write 200 words for an answer when I can sum it up in 100 words? Well, I will get my marks cut for that. Yes! So, don’t be over-smart! Stick to the rules, write according to the word limit and you can get a first class honor like me.
  • One of the things I gave most importance to while writing is to answer all parts of the question. For example, if the question is, how and why modern cricket is different from the old times, then you should describe both how and why in the answer.
  • Good handwriting also plays key role fetching you high grades. My handwriting already a gem, so I did not cause difficulty for the examiners.
  • One more thing I would suggest you is to draw the diagrams right if you have a subject like me (read biology or math). Furthermore, you should make sure your calculations and use of formula are correct.

How I got my assignments completed on time

One of the things that gave me a headache during the exam preparation is the assignments. I don’t know whether the professors all over the world have a grudge against the students. But, when they assign the writing tasks at the exam time, it seems like they have. In my case, I had to complete my assignment in two days. Although I am a smart student, I am still a human.

Thus, I found myself in trouble as I was not sure about whether to prepare for the exams or write my assignment. In such situation, one of my Australian friends suggested me to take online assignment help. It was the service of that helped me out. It is a popular assignment writing helper site in Australia. Lots of University of Melbourne students opt for their service, and their service didn’t disappoint me as well.

I like their writing service because they not only completed my task within the set deadline. But, they also did not mess up the quality of the paper which I was most concerned about. My paper had accurate content, catchy formatting and it was also fully referenced. So, I was able to submit my assignment on time without bothering my exam study schedule. Of course, you can also opt for their service.


So, it was the story of Sam Xiang from joining the University of Melbourne to getting the first-class honor. Hope you enjoyed it. If you have a better idea of how to crack the University of Melbourne exams, then you can share it with us in the comments box below. I would like to learn from you! Thank you for reading. 🙂

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