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Get ready for UC – tips for new students

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.

 

Make your health a priority

The UC Health Centre | Whare Hauora o UC is here to help you stay healthy and well while you are studying. UC Health provides full GP (General Practitioner), medical, counselling and related services, including:

  • Treatment of all medical conditions
  • Injury treatment
  • Professional Counselling Service
  • Sexual health check-ups and advice
  • Travel advice and vaccines
  • Flu vaccinations
  • Hearing tests
  • Asthma monitoring
  • Smoking cessation assistance
  • Minor surgery – such as the removal of moles 
  • Medicals for travel, employment etc. 

New students and their family | whānau are welcome to drop into UC Health if you have any questions or wish to have a look around.

Find out more about services, fees and how to register at the UC Health Centre   

Tips for new students 

  • Register with UC Health as soon as possible to make sure you are eligible for free healthcare when you need it.
  • If you are a New Zealand resident, apply as soon as possible for your Community Services Card.

UC Health Centre is also here to  support you to stay healthy and well. You’ve got to nourish – mentally and physically – to flourish. UC Nurse Wendy gives great advice. For example:

Swim like a fish through stress>

 

You are enough

Over the last three years, UC student Eleanor Hurton has had a role at Bounce – a Red Cross youth-led peer education project run by young people for young people. The Bounce website is a place for young people to find tips and inspiration to live life well.

Here, Eleanor provides some advice about the feelings that can come with grades or projects that can feel like we haven’t done a good job.

“This semester is the final semester of my degree, and I have done as much as I can to ensure I come away with the best degree possible. I want to graduate feeling like I have learned as much as I can and am able to put the skills I have learned to good use, to help make this world a better place.

I believe it is so important for us to have pride in our accomplishments. As young people we are all involved in various pursuits: study, work and volunteering to name a few. We often put a lot of time and a lot of heart and soul into the activities we do, and strive to be the best we can be.

But I think sometimes it is easy for us to feel like we haven’t done a good job – that our grades are not high enough or our projects are not successful. I know that I can be my own worst critic at times, and I know this is something a lot of young people struggle with.

So, I want you to think back to something you have done recently that you have put a lot of yourself in, and really allow yourself to feel proud of what you have achieved or what you are working towards.

Your efforts are enough, even if it does not feel that way at times. You are doing amazingly, and you deserve to feel pride in that.

After all, Sierra Boggess once said, “You are enough. You are so enough. It is unbelievable how enough you are.”

Read her original blog in full here>

Not feeling good about your grades? Here’s what you could do next.

Here are some other great blogs that might help you consider what’s next:

Asking for help is the number one life skill>

What is healthy thinking?>

Coping with failure>

 

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