You’ve earned the grades, accepted your offer and enrolled. But you may still not be sure what to expect from university or what it will expect from you. Here are some basics you need to know.
The pressure leading up to receiving an offer to university may have felt immense, but once you’re in the door, the only prerequisite to success is a natural curiosity and motivation to learn.
Possibly for the first time in your life, you’re no longer studying because it’s compulsory. You’re here of your own free will, and it’s up to you what your student experience will look like.
We encourage our students to learn independently through self-guided study. A full-time course load equates to approximately 35-45 hours of study per week, but only a portion of those hours will be spent in class.
Between lectures, laboratories, tutorials and seminars is your time to complete readings, assignments and essays, and prepare for exams.
Many units of study contain assessments throughout semester, such as class presentations, tests, reports or essays; followed by a formal exam at the end of semester. Your faculty handbook will give a general indication of the assessment types included in your unit, but you won’t know exactly what they are until your first lecture.
Be sure to carefully manage your workload, as assignments tend to be due around the same time in semester. Keep a diary and record due dates a week before they really need to be submitted.
There’s a good chance you’ll share some common ground with the student next to you in the same lecture theatre. Making an effort in the first few weeks of semester could make all the difference to university life. Friendships made during your studies can see you through those stressful exam periods and may last well beyond graduation.
University isn’t just about studying. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of the vast social curriculum on offer. You could join a sports team, arrange to meet your new classmates for dinner or drinks, volunteer with the student union, or connect with like-minded students through our clubs and societies program. Whether you’re into sports, arts, politics or culture, there’s bound to be a group to suit you.
Run by students for students with the support of the University of Sydney Union, there's bound to be one (or many) of our clubs that interests you. And if there isn’t, start your own!