Top tips for starting uni

Hi, I’m Karlyn from Southern Cross University and today I’m going to take you through the Top 9 tips to get you started and for you to succeed at university.

And don’t worry if you don’t have time to write down phone numbers and the URLs. At the end of this video we have a handy tip sheet for you to download.

Tip 1: If you’re not watching this video as a part of the New to Southern Cross University program, then that’s where you’ll need to go! You’ll find handy tips on how to balance your life and study, time management and support on how to write assignments.

Our second tip is: getting comfortable with the online systems. You may think because you know how to use Google and watch Netflix that you’ve got it covered but there’s specific platforms you need to know how to navigate. These platforms will help you manage your enrolment and find your study materials. They are:

  • My Enrolment
  • MySCU
  • And your Southern Cross University email

My Enrolment is where you enrol in units and change them, check your grades and find out your exam timetable. Make sure you check it regularly.

MySCU is where you will be spending a lot of time. Here, you’ll access all of your study materials, updates from your lecturers, and the discussion board where you’ll interact with other students and ask questions. Make sure you check out MySCU before classes start. Open MySCU.

Make sure you check your Southern Cross University student emails. The University doesn’t send emails to Yahoo, Gmail or any other accounts so it’s essential that you check your student emails regularly.

And a bonus tip: there are lots of usernames and passwords to remember so if you have a private phone or computer make sure you save the passwords. It’ll make logging in a lot easier.

And download the Microsoft Outlook app so you’ll have access your student emails at all times.

Tip 3 is how to get your ID card. You’ll need the ID when you’re going into your exams, borrowing from the library or accessing the printers or rooms on campus. Open ID Cards.

If you’re an online student log onto MyEnrolment and complete the eForm for ID Card Request and the card will be mailed to you. Open My Enrolment.

If you’re on campus pop into one of the Student Services Hub and you’ll be given one just like this.

Tip 4 is where to find your textbooks.

Each subject will specify any prescribed texts and any other equipment that you need. So go to this link and type in your unit name or code and under ‘Prescribed texts’ you’ll find exactly what you need. Open unit search.

You can also find your textbooks at The Co-op or second hand through Facebook groups or noticeboards on campus.

Tip 5 is how to stay on top of it all. Knowing key dates such as your census dates, class commencement, and exams are important to keep you organised and on track during the session. Open key dates.

There can be a lot of different demands to manage when you’re studying so being organised is key. We have a whole other video that goes into all of this in detail. Make sure you check it out.

Tip 6 is how to use the library. Open Library.

Our library and staff are full of information to help you with your studies. You have access to online databases to help you research for your assignments, and you can contact a librarian via phone, email, or book an appointment online.

For our online students, we’ll express post or courier books to you within Australia, or airmail if you’re overseas. Feel free to contact our amazing library staff for more information. Toll-free 1800 659 460.

Our next tip is all about helping you do the best in your studies. Our go-to gurus are the Academic Skills team.

On their website you will find how-to guides to help you with referencing, writing reports and preparing for exams. Open Academic Skills.

They run free online and face-to-face workshops so I highly recommend you book in via the web link or make a one-on-one appointment.

It doesn’t matter whether you are struggling with science or literacy, the team is there to help you and support you in your studies.

So jump on the discussion board and introduce yourself, request a Uni Mentor through MyEnrolment — they’re students just like us. They’ve been there and done that and they can help you get settled. Remember they can get in touch with you by phone, email, Facebook, or in person.

And lastly join a student association, club or society. Anything from arts to debate clubs, to sporting clubs, so you can make some friends.

And last but not least, Tip 9, is how to get help.

Everyone at Southern Cross University is here to help. Whether it’s study-related or something more personal.

Here are just a few of the services where you can ask for help.

We have all of their details in the cheat sheet, plus they can be found on our website or in your student diary.

You’ve learned the Top 9 tips, plus a few extras to get you started on your university journey. Remember to download the checklist and check out our other videos.

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