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!
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.
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
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