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Nothing is a mistake if we learn from it – making choices after exam results

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Have you ever walked around campus and thought that everyone around you looks as though they are coping, and completely have it together while you are freaking out on the inside?

 That’s pretty normal and you are not alone says UC Academic Skills Centre Learning Advisor Jacqui Tither.

“People are a bit like swans. Above the water they look calm and serene, and below the water they are all paddling like crazy to keep afloat and moving.

If you are worried for any reason about your exam results, Semester Two is one of the best times to think about your next steps and take action, she says.

“Nothing is a mistake if we learn from it. Get a bit of help. You’ve had assignments and your exams. Now you know what happens you can made some changes in a prepared way and adjust what you do in future.”

She says often some guidance at the Academic Skills Centre and making small changes can get the results you need.

“You might need to tighten up your writing, or get some ideas for time management, or understand more about how your brain works with short and long term memory.  Advisors at the Academic Skills Centre will help you pinpoint what needs to change, why, and how you can make the change.”

  • Need to figure out what the problem is and what to do next? Read about 40 minute consultations here and to make an appointment phone (03) 369 3900.
  • Need help with time management, essay writing, proof reading, presenting, note-taking, the English language, avoiding plagiarism and much more? Check out the awesome Academic Skills Centre programme here>

Read on for more awesome inspirational advice from Jaqcui.

Help seeking is the number 1 life skill.

“It’s ok to have a challenge as long as you hang in there and seek help. Help seeking is the number 1 skill in life. It’s not about being needy, it’s about needing help at times.

At the Academic Skills Centre our goal is to upskill you so you become independent.

People can be too scared to look at a problem. We just give them the courage to look and plan and move out of avoiding the problem.

I love helping people because I know what a difference it makes. I have a lot of empathy for people who feel like they’re struggling. You’re not born with skills. Some people can transition in to study really easily, but some people need to learn what an academic essay looks like. It’s just that people come from such varied backgrounds.”

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Get involved – make connections

There are lots of ways you can make connections with like-minded people on campus. Here are some of the groups you can join to help you feel part of the UC community and succeed at UC.

  • UniLife is run by students especially for first years. If you are living with family or friends sign up. UniLife run weekly social events and will help you get connected with clubs that are right for you. They also run workshops to help you academically.
  • The mentoring programme is a great way to meet different people from a different country, year or discipline to help ease into life at UC. The programme is available for all students.
  • Learn about language and culture with UC LACE. Meet others with the same interest in culture and languages. LACE is a great foundation for those who would like to do an overseas exchange.

Don’t forget your roots

University of Canterbury Pasifika student Paionia Langilangi offers some advice to first year students at UC.

Photo - Paionia LangilangiThe best advice I can give is to make as many connections as you possibly can. At the end of the day, having connections is the quickest way up the ladder. For Pacific students in particular, I would say never forget your roots. It always has a way of boosting your morale during tough times.

One way I was able to do this at UC was by making use of the Pacific Development Team (PDT). The PDT helped in so many ways. They had awesome tutors who guided and tutored me in courses I found difficult, having special events where I could meet other Pasifika students and make new friends – and by always having free milk at the Fale.

Having fun and keeping active is important. Make good use of the free membership at the gym, and play touch with the Pasifika students at Ilam fields. It’s a good idea to add all the Pasifika students you meet on Facebook, because most of the time they would call out a touch game, and you wouldn’t want to miss out.

For me, my relationship with God is also important – it’s where I find strength.

God gives power to the weak. And to those who have no might, He increases strength Isaiah 40/29. God is always there, even in times of trouble.