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>

 

Take your wellness through the roof with Rec & Sport

Staying physically healthy and well is key to your success at university – it will help you:

  • manage your stress levels
  • sleep better
  • improve your concentration and retention (better grades anyone?)
  • generally feel good about yourself (and we all want that!)

The Rec & Sport team offer a multitude of health, fitness and sport activities that you can choose from to take your wellness through the roof.   

Step 1 – Sign up for your UCRecCentre membership online at www.canterbury.ac.nz/ucreccentre

By paying the Student Services Levy you are provided with access to the gym, and most classes are at no extra cost if you are registered with the RecCentre. Some classes require an additional charge to be paid.

Step 2 – Have a good browse through our website once you’ve signed up. We offer a huge range of activities and we’re sure you’ll find something that floats your boat. You could drop-in and play badminton, squash or shoot hoops, or sign up for a social sport team. 

We have:

  • weight training rooms
  • cardio gear
  • a climbing wall 
  • and even a ZenZone, where you can find quiet time and maybe take a little nap to refresh yourself. 

We have an extensive group fitness programme, including Zumba, Yoga, HIIT and Pump, to name just a few. Super fun, and over before you know it! Remember – if you choose activities that you enjoy, be it solo or with friends/in a group, and you’re more likely to keep at it. 

Step 3 –  Pop down and explore the RecCentre.  We need to take your photo to activate your membership anyway, so come in as soon as you can and we’ll get it done. Then you can get on with having fun in the RecCentre. 

As soon as you have your Student ID card, you can sign up online and start using the RecCentre. Your Student ID card becomes your membership card, so you’ll need it to gain access to the building – bring it every time. 

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