How to Tackle Week 1 of University

Welcome to week 1 of university! Whether you’re new to university or a returning student continuing their studies, week 1 of university can be quite daunting – especially if you’ve made the leap and decided to study abroad.

For new students, university is a completely different ball game, no longer are the days where classes are mandatory, and you are forced to attend school daily. It’s all on you and ensuring you’re familiar with your timetable is crucial. While class attendance isn’t compulsory, it’s still important you’re present and up-to-date with the course content. This brings us to our first point of conduct – creating a weekly timetable.

Creating a Weekly Timetable

When enrolling in your classes online, your university will give you a weekly timetable of all the lectures, seminars and tutorials you’re enrolled in for the trimester. This is a great skeleton to begin with – but should not be the final product. Outside of class you’re expected to complete homework, readings and assessment. According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, results indicated that the average tertiary student tends to spend an average of 17 hours per week preparing for class*. It’s important this extra study is accounted for and included in your timetable. By scheduling in weekly study sessions, you will be better prepared for class and be able to have a healthier work-life balance.

Knowing your Way Around Campus

Have you ever rushed last minute to an appointment and turned up frazzled and all over the place? It’s not a good feeling and while running late can sometimes be unavoidable, getting lost and turning up late as a result is preventable. Luckily for you, the JCU Brisbane campus is all compacted into one easy to navigate building. Each floor in the campus building is numbered from 1-9 and within these floors are rooms and lecture theatres which are numbered in an ascending order. For example, a room on level 9 that is closest to the left-hand side will be listed as 901, next door to that will be room 902, and so forth. If you do get lost though and require help, friendly staff members are located on ground floor and level 2 (library).

Making Friends

When starting at a new school you can feel rather lonely and isolated. This is a completely normal feeling and something everyone around you will be experiencing. Thankfully, the JCU Brisbane Student Association is there to help assist you in meeting fellow peers through educational, social, cultural, and recreational student activities. Activities like this are orchestrated via multiple social clubs available on campus. Social clubs are great places to meet like-minded people, make new friends and become more involved in campus activities.

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*National Survey of Student Engagement, 2011