Category Archives: Student Success

Opportunities and advice for making the most of your time at UC, as well as stories featuring students who are excelling in their field.

Study with confidence – Revision and exam skills workshop

The free Revision and exam skills workshop run by the Academic Skills Centre | Pokapū Pūkenga Ako will help you to: 

  • learn how to handle examination nerves 
  • understand the best methods for retaining course material you have studied and how to manage your revision workload 
  • have the skills you need to approach essay, short answer and multiple choice questions successfully.

How to register: Enrol online here 
When: Tuesday 19 March, 12pm – 12.50pm 
Where: Academic Skills Seminar Room (308), Level 3, Puaka-James Hight

First year student? Tell us what you think and be in to win…

If you’re a first year student – we’re keen to hear about your experience so far at UC.

Early Experience Survey
Check your UClive email address for the Early Experience Survey. The survey asks a range of things about your early experience at UC – such as why you chose to come to UC, how your first few weeks have been and what you think of student life.

Why your feedback is important
UC runs this survey to help us understand what is needed to best support first year students. Your feedback will help us shape new initiatives and support for future first year students. Previously a number of initiatives have been implemented based on feedback from the Early Experience Survey, including:

  • the subsidised dental scheme
  • extended library hours
  • heat and eat areas across campus
  • more storage lockers
  • women only hours in the gym
  • skills training courses for research students.

How long will it take?
The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete. You have the option to save your responses and come back to it at a later time if you need to. 

Be in to win
If you participate in the survey, you will go in the draw to win one of three UE Wonderboom bluetooth wireless speakers.

More information
Contact Kaylene by emailing surveys@canterbury.ac.nz

Thailand Internship Programme was beyond expectations for Laura Sahng

My 2019 began with 6 incredible weeks on the Thailand Internship Programme coordinated by UC PACE which offers a unique learning experience by immersing students in a new culture.

Along with 13 other UC students, our weekdays were spent interning in Bangkok and staying at Mahidol University, while our weekends were filled with adventures across rural Thailand and Vietnam!

For my internship, I was placed at a company called HUBBA which provides co-working spaces to tech startups, digital nomads and other small businesses. They have a diverse customer base, who I would interview and collect data from in order to inform improvements to HUBBA’s services. It was such a special experience to learn and adapt to a foreign work culture.

This year we were fortunate enough to be funded by the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA), which aims to strengthen UC’s international partnership connections.

For us as students, being globally aware and open to new cultures is more important than ever before. The range of activities included really gave us a wonderful taste of Thailand. By the end of the programme, we had a greater understanding of Thai culture.

Elephants at Sai Yok National Park

The most memorable moments for me would have to include feeding the baby elephants at Sai Yok National Park, learning Thai boxing, eating all the street food and being welcomed with a traditional ceremony in the rural village that we stayed at. Wherever we went, we were welcomed so warmly, and any language or cultural barriers were overcome with the kindness of the Thai people.

We were also fortunate enough to visit the New Zealand Embassy in both Thailand and Vietnam where we had some fascinating discussions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade staff, including the ambassadors of each country. 

As I reflect on our time in Thailand, there is really not a single thing that I could fault about this programme. It was beyond any of my expectations. When people say that something will be a “life changing experience”, I tend to be a little skeptical. I was proved wrong and I would recommend you to experience this for yourself.

A big ‘kob kun kah’ to Stephen and Hannah from the UC Centre for Global Experience, Chan & Mahidol University, and to the PMSA.

This will be one to remember forever.