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.
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:
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Getting ready for life in a hall of residence? It’s natural to feel nervous, apprehensive and excited all at the same time when you first arrive at your hall of residence (hall). You’ll find it easier to settle in when you realise you are not alone and meet others with similar interests to yourself. Make an effort to start up a conversation with someone – it could lead to a lifelong friendship.
Here are some suggestions which will help you prepare for your arrival, and for settling into your new home.
Before you arrive
- Plan to arrive on your contract start date. Let your hall know when you are arriving, particularly if you are arriving before or after your contract start date.
- Check the information provided by your hall on what you need to bring with you and let them know if you are bringing any large items such as a bike or surfboard. Car parking should also be booked before you arrive, if required. Car parking in halls is limited, so get in early.
- Your Residential Assistant or Tutor may/will contact you prior to arrival. Jot down any questions you want to ask before you arrive.
- Join your hall Facebook group. You can learn a lot about other students who will be in your hall before you even arrive.
When you arrive
- Your hall will have activities and events planned for when you first arrive. Look out for communication from your hall and plan to attend as many as you can – get involved.
- Join the UCSA Facebook Group to find out what is happening during Orientation Week.
- Make sure you know your 8-digit student ID number. This will come in handy when you arrive in your hall and at UC.