Walking into a giant lecture theatre in a huge building can feel absolutely awesome, as you take your seat with more than 200 people.
This might be the first time you experience the difference between a highly structured, teacher-driven school system and the self-directed learning system at uni where it’s up to you.
The team at Student Success have put together the following tips to help get you off to a great start.
Tip 1: Attend all lectures and tutorials
Show up to your lectures and tutorials, and submit all your assignments – no matter how much it contributes to your overall grade.
If you need advice to manage your time the Academic Skills Centre offer time management workshops at are amazing (and free).
Tip 2: Plan and get organised early
Uni is busy right from the start, so it’s important you arrive ready to learn.
Grab a campus map and go for a walk to find out where your lectures and tutorials will be held and once you’ve got your course information you could start making a schedule.
- Put a wall planner up and mark out when your assignments are due.
- The Academic Skills Centre runs a range of free courses that will help you get your head around uni – check them out and book into courses early.
Tip 3: Ask for help if you feel you need it
Need help with something else?
Feeling homesick, lonely, experiencing culture shock, or unsure about changing your course? Student Care is an awesome place to start. They can listen, chat with you and help you think through solutions.
If you’d like to talk to someone about settling in to life at UC or getting help with course work – or if you just need someone to talk to – help is at hand. All you have to do is ask.