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.

Academic Skills Centre – your very own pit crew

Congratulations, you’ve either just started out at university or have made it through this far. Irrespective, if you’re a little lost and need some help sorting out that assignment, thank your stars, because the Academic Skills Center (ASC) does just that.

Located on both the Ilam and Dovedale campuses Level 3 of the Central Library (James Hight) and on level 1 of the Education Library, ASC provides a free service to everyone enrolled at the University to assist them, through individual consultations. They provide customised feedback on assignments, hold regular workshops, seminars, lectures and give access to a range of online resources that focus on your success at university.

Need help approaching an assignment or need some critical review of it?  Seeking help with context and grammar? Need some tips to manage your time efficiently, or simply a road map to make it through university? The ASC has all the answers for you! Seriously.

Approach them; all you need to do is ask and you will receive help. If used wisely, the ASC can act as your pit crew that will get you through the race of the  “survival of the best” at university.

Fortunately, with them, you’re not on your own.

Oh, the places you’ll go…

Hey everyone!

So we’re currently halfway through 2014. Can you believe it?
For me this means that I only have one semester left of my three year undergraduate degree in Media and Psychology. Many others will also be finishing up their degrees this year and if you are one of them you are most likely also contemplating, and wondering, and maybe panicking about what you’re going to do next year.

I’ve never really been sure about what I wanted to do. Even at school when we were nearing the end of our final year, and being told to think about what we would do after school I still wasn’t entirely sure. However, I did know that I loved learning, and reading. So I decided that I would start a Bachelor of Arts in my hometown of Canterbury. I decided to use my first year to explore many new opportunities for personal development. I tried: Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, English and Media, before settling on a double major in Psychology and Media in second year.

However, now I am at another crossroads in my life. At the end of this year I’ll have my Bachelor… and then what? My decisions about what to do next year are constantly evolving as I learn more about myself and how I can put my degree to use.  Currently I am leaning towards a year of Media Honours. However, who knows…

While I may still be figuring it out, I do have some useful advice (or I like to think so anyway):

  • Having a degree gives you the skills and knowledge to enter into many different jobs and careers. If you are now looking to leave university and find for a job, don’t just look in the obvious places. You never know, you could find the most interesting and rewarding job for you in the least likely place. Try to think of your degree as a skill set that you can apply to many different fields, rather than restricting yourself to only a few.
  • Understand your options for further study. If you are considering postgraduate study it could be useful to meet with the course co-ordinator and get a clearer understanding of what the course will cover, and if it will specifically benefit you. Take courses that further your opportunities. However, make them ones that interest you also, as these are the ones that you’ll do the best at.
  • Do not rush into postgraduate study just to stay at university. This is an important point as postgraduate study isn’t cheap, and it’s crucial that you decide for yourself that it is a valuable opportunity. Don’t just do it cause your friends are, or you like university parties. Eventually you’ll have to leave university, and venture into the real world, and you can’t rely on others to help you make that decision.
  • You can travel. If of course you have enough money. Travel is an enlightening and exciting experience! Many employers even see travelled individuals as a benefit to the workplace because they are perceived as people with: world experience, understanding of others and independence. You can even go on an exchange while you’re still studying!
  • Do not panic. This is golden advice. Most of you will still be within your early 20s when you finish your degree, and this means that you are only at the beginning of your life pathway. What you choose to do straight out of university will not define the rest of your life, and you don’t have to stick to it.

Have a look at your options for postgraduate study here: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/postgrad/

Don’t fall into the start of semester cruise trap

The start of a new semester always seems so cruisy; due dates and assignments feel so far off and there are so many exciting things to distract yourself from them around campus…

DO NOT fall into this trap!

Use this ‘cruisy’ time to make use of some of the University’s resources and get prepared for your assignments and exams before they rain down on you (like they always do all at once).

A great way to stay on top of your studies before they catch up on you is to make use of the Academic Skills Centre located on Level 3 of the Central Library and the ground floor of Education Library. They hold some great seminars for you to get involved in and can help you prepare academically for courses by going through the steps of how to write a strong academic essay.

Pop in and see them today and book in for their next session.