Our Top 7 Tips on preparing for University.
While the concept of life after high school might seem daunting, there are a few (7 in fact) simple and easy ways to get ahead. For those enrolled and looking forward to a new stage in the learning process, these tips may make all the difference in calming those first-year nerves:
- Make Sure You’re Organised – There is nothing worse than showing up to your first lecture or tutorial unprepared. Each subject and course will have a list of all the textbooks and resources needed, so have a look to make sure everything is checked off. As a rule of thumb, always make sure you have got a notebook for each course just in case technology fails and you can’t take notes for the remainder of the lesson.
- Get Ahead with Your Reading – No matter what course you’ve chosen, there is always a portion of reading involved. Look at the course list or the reading guide and find what you should be reading. When it comes to the busy time of the semester and you’ve got ample amounts of assignments due, you will be thankful that all your reading is up to date.
- Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help – The campuses might be bigger, and you might feel a bit smaller, but there are facilities and staff that are always around to help. Whether it’s a question for a course, a simple query about your degree or you can’t find the building for your next class, each university offers services and people to assist, so don’t be afraid to ask for it.
- Keep Updated – Unfortunately, universities don’t have large microphones or public service announcements that radiate across campus. It is up to the student and their initiative to keep up with what’s going on both with their subjects and specific degree. If you’re unsure how to navigate your student portal to find these announcements, O Week often runs quick beginner courses to ease you into the University life.
- Check Out How You’re Going to Get There – Universities are often busy places, so it’s always good to check the easiest (and quickest) way to get there. Public transport services are often a good way to get around without the worry of finding a car park before your class starts. Double-check the timetable and the number or name of the service or the route to make sure you get to your University on time.
- Take A Tour of The Campus – Whether you’ve chosen a campus with big sandstone buildings and ample room between buildings or a smaller, enclosed campus, taking a tour is always a good idea. On your tour, you not only get to hear about the history and facts of your future school, but it allows you to get a sense of direction around the place as well.
- Get Involved – O Week is the perfect opportunity to get involved in the events and all things happening with your University. You’ll feel more relaxed going into your first week of University life by immersing yourself in the environment and participating in fun activities. Who knows, you might even make a few new friends along the way!
Following these tips and incorporating some of your own will only help in preparing for the next stage of your learning journey.