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10 tips for thriving in your first year

12 February 2018
Hit the ground running at the Business School
It's no secret that starting uni can be a bit daunting. Begin your studies on the right foot with our tried and true tips for thriving in your first year.

1. Prioritise your health

It’s important to maintain a healthy headspace during your studies. Our Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offer individual counselling sessions, workshops and a range of self-help resources to students.

2. Find a mentor

Partner with a senior student to settle in to university life. The Business School Peer Mentoring Program can help you build networks, get to know campus and learn more about your course.

3. Study with buddies

Sometimes the best way to learn is through your peers. Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) connect you with groups of fellow students in a relaxed environment to reinforce key points from your units of study.

4. Sharpen your skills

Brush up on fundamental skills with free programs offered by the Business School. Sign up for the Maths in Business (MIB) program commencing in Week 2 or contact Andrew Allan to learn more about the Business Communication and Academic Writing (BCAW) program commencing in Week 3.

5. Plan your semester

Get organised! Download semester and weekly planners (pdf, 323KB)

6. Kickstart your career

Equip yourself for the workforce with workshop and events offered by our Careers and Employability Office. If you’re an international postgraduate student, strengthen your professional skills with the free Job Smart program.

7. Get connected

Stay up-to-date and follow the Business School on InstagramFacebookLinkedInTwitter and YouTube.

8. Explore your options

Our Bachelor of Commerce is designed to give you what you need for a future-proof career in the business world – which means you have a range of paths to choose from! Familiarise yourself with one of the largest range of majors of any business school in Australia.

9. Find your people

The University of Sydney has hundreds of clubs, societies and associations to join – so you can find your tribe no matter your interests! Why not start by checking out the Sydney University Business Society (SUBS) or one of the 200 other societies on campus! Also check out the Student Representative Council (for undergraduates) and Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association.

10. Prove you can Excel

All commencing Business School undergraduate students and postgraduate Master of Commerce and Master of Professional Accounting students must take a compulsory Excel diagnostic test. The purpose of the test is to provide students with an understanding of their existing Excel skills. Based on individual results additional support may be recommended and extra help will be on offer in the form of workshops throughout the semester.

  • It is a 15-minute online test
  • It is not a memory or knowledge-based test
  • No study is required
  • Only one attempt is allowed
  • Available on Learning Management System from 9am Monday 23rd July to 5pm Friday 27th July.
  • Download the test instructions (pdf, 228KB)

Want more tips?

Our existing students have put together a new student checklist (pdf, 88KB).

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