Student Life Overview

Preparing for University Life

Succeeding at your 1st-year of University

Why are you here? Why do you want to get a degree?

Practical Perspective – To obtain your paper qualification in the shortest time possible to secure a job in the future and to build a career later.

Education Perspective – Your rite of passage: To develop one’s perspective on oneself, one’s skills, and to experience the challenges that a university education offers (intellectual, physical, emotional and interpersonal development). A more holistic approach to learning.

Why is the 1st-sem/year important?

  • Sets the correct pace for yourself
  • Never play catch-up
  • To focus on the process/experience of learning vs. the degree, it is always good to start from the beginning
  • The realization that there is a gap between studying in school vs. studying at university
  • To acquire all the necessary skills to be academically successful right from the start of life at university
  • Not wanting to live your life based on regrets, should thus do it right the first time!
  • Good Thinking, Good Grades, Good Character - DO matter!

Transition issues

You come in reasonably prepared, intellectually curious, enthusiastic and yet you get easily discouraged, unnerved and overwhelmed – what happened?

  • New environment
  • Larger class sizes
  • Academic expectations
  • Changes in support systems
  • Increased freedom and flexibility
  • New independence, ideas and ways of thinking

What does it take to succeed?

Understand that the total learning experience counts.
  1. Grades Matter – It is never wrong to work hard to get good grades:

    • Know the requirements of your course/subject
    • Manage your time well – especially when handing in assignments
    • Participate actively in the classroom or through the LMS / Online
    • Know the type of learner that you are – Multiple Intelligences
    • Do your chapter readings
    • Organize your notes
    • Review your work consistently
    • Always adhere to the ethics of academic writing
    • Attend all your lectures and tutorials
  2. Non-graded things matter too!

    • Make friends – A support group is essential
    • Learn new things – Be open to new experiences
    • Seek opportunities for new experiences – academic workshops, student internships, leadership positions in student organizations, etc.
    • Get to know your lecturers!

Ask us how we can assist you

  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)
    • Study Session
    • Writing Mentor
  • Academic Skills Workshop
    • How to write a good assignment?
    • Avoiding Plagiarism
    • Academic Writing & Referencing
    • Presentation & Public Speaking Skills
    • Critical Reading and Note-Taking Strategies
    • Effective Academic Research Online
  • Other workshops
    • Stress Management
    • Goal Setting & Time Management

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