Helpful Advice For First Year Uni Students!

Posted: 18th December 2013

Whether your fresh out of school or returning to study, the prospect of starting university can be a daunting one!!  Here are a few tips on how to make the best possible start to your uni life.

Ask - Don't be afraid to ask questions, the only dumb question is the one not asked.  No matter how big or how small the question is, you can always ask.  Don't be afraid to ask the same question again because you can't remember the answer.  You need to be able to work things out for yourself as a student, so you may need help putting the pieces together.  If you're not sure, talk to someone about it.

Get Proactive - Do as much preparation as you can before you start, check out the information and resources on the university website and read the course materials.

You do belong - If you have been offered a place at university then you do belong.  You may have doubts, especially self-doubt at some stage, and that is perfectly normal.  There are people on campus who can help.

Don't take on too much - Study takes up a lot of time, and when you start it can be more than you think.  If you have work or family commitments, then be realistic about the number of courses you take on.  

It takes time to learn new things - In the first year everything is new.  You need time to adjust to the new environment, new ways of thinking, and new ways of doing things. 

Plan to succeed - Success doesn't happen without some kind of plan.  Think about what your goals are and how you can organise your life to achieve them.  Students who follow study plans are more likely to succeed than those who have a more laid back attitude.

Embrace Technology - You don't have to be a techno-wizard, but university study takes place largely online. If you don't have much experience with computers, just have a go!  If you get stuck there is help available.

Don't be a stranger - If you want to get the most out of your university experience, you have to be involved.  Get to know your classmates.  University is a social experience, even for a distance student.  You will have a better time by getting to know the people that are in your course.  You will be expected to work with people as part of your assessment, so you why not get off to a good start.