Remember the 700 odd dollars that was paid at the start of the year that was classified under non-tuition fees? At that point, I’m sure it felt like an exorbitant amount for general university services and just an added expense to your StudyLink account.
Student levy fees, in actuality are fees that all New Zealand universities are entitled to charge their students, in order to provide and maintain common university services.
At UC, the money is put to good use and is spread across a wide range of departments and services. The money is well allocated to various departments and initiatives like the Student Support department, career education, advocacy and welfare programmes, club support and funding, student events, Māori support, Pasifika support, subsidised Health Centre services; free Recreation Centre membership; and student space development projects.
One of particular interest is the University’s Health Centre which is located in the UCSA carpark on the riverbank adjacent to the Ilam school boundary. It is the university’s subsidised Health Center for all enrolled students and staff members under any university approved insurance.
The procedure is simple:
1. All members when in need must either make an appointment in person or over the phone.
2. Once you have an appointment, head down to the centre’s reception slightly ahead of time and either wait in line or directly be greeted by the friendly, experience staff.
3. State the purpose of your visit and present your student or employee card if needed.
4. You will then be asked to take a seat in the comfortable, well-spaced waiting area until a duty nurse comes to get you.
5. After meeting with the nurse for your first consultation session, you will either be prescribed with the necessary medication or be referred to the duty doctor for further consultation.
6. Head back to the front desk, hand over the papers and wait for the staff’s approval to leave after paying any fees, which is very unlikely if you are under a university approved insurance.
That’s all! You’re done. Consulting a doctor could not be made any easier. Especially if you’re the kind who dreads visiting the doctor or are uncomfortable with that distinct ‘hospital odour’; the Heath Centre is guaranteed to make your life easier. The friendly team, all the way from the front desk operators to the duty doctors, wear a bright smile and, with their cheerful personalities, transform the traditional experience of visiting the doctor to a less dreaded, convenient one.
Listed below are few things you MUST KNOW about the center:
Normal working hours are Mon – Thurs: 8.30am – 5pm and Fri: 9am – 5pm.
Exam hours are Mon – Fri: 5.30pm or 6pm and Saturday: 8.30am – 6pm.
Medical appointments are 15 minutes long and can be made on 336 4202 (off campus or mobile phones) or extension 6402 from campus phones.
If you cannot make a booked appointment and do not cancel it before hand, a ‘Did Not Attend’ feed will be charged, so make sure you either plan carefully or make the call without fail.
After hour services are provided, but are extremely expensive. The same contact numbers from point 3 should be used, where trained professionals will assist you.
It’s nearly crunch time! The final countdown! Time to study for exams and tests…. Wooo.
Alright, so ain’t nobody looking forward to that! But because we both know that you do eventually have to knuckle down and get your head in the books, I have some study tips to ease the pain.
Try not to leave it til the last minute. Although it’s tempting to sleep all day and put study to the back of your mind, the sooner you get onto it, the less stressed you’ll be later.
Use a study timetable to decide how much time to put on each exam and when you need to begin studying for it. Also keep a to-do list of the different tasks you need to do each day, such as different textbook chapters to read and take notes on.
Organise your study space. Make sure you have a comfortable chair, good lighting and a desk clear of distraction. It’s all about the ‘feng shui’!
Start to gather together your lecture notes and determine what the most important areas of focus are. Condense your notes and underline/highlight key terms.
If you’re a visual learner use diagrams, or write things you need to remember on large sheets of paper to put in your bedroom, your kitchen… anywhere you’ll see them all the time!
Use old exam papers for practice. You can get these from the library, or through your lecturer. These allow you to see what questions are typically asked and what is expected of you.