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Student tips for surviving your first year at university

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Starting university can be both exciting and daunting, especially for first-year students who are stepping into a new phase of life. It’s a time when you will make new friends, adjust to new surroundings and academic pressures and develop a sense of independence. We asked some of our students what their tips are for making the most of your first year at university.

“Participate in as much as you can with the university. There are so many opportunities and benefits that can be found which may not always be obvious to new students. The emails from the Faculty of Business and Law are not spam, but the start of some really amazing opportunities.”

  • Seth, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Management)

“Schedule your time properly. Be on top of thing…Break things down into smaller chunks and manage your time well from the beginning. And of course, go to your lectures.”

  • Abraham, Mechatronic Engineering

“Start early and stay consistent with your study workload and assignments. Make full use of the discussion board is you have any assignment questions and download the Curtin LibGuides for easy referencing tips.”

  • Lavanya, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

In conclusion, surviving your first year at university requires a mix of preparation, determination, and an open mind. By attending your classes, managing your time effectively, taking advantage of available resources, and staying organised, you can make your first year a successful and enjoyable experience. Remember, it’s normal to experience challenges and setbacks, but with the right mindset and support, you can overcome them and thrive in your academic journey.

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