Preparation for University
- Semester - a university year is made up of 2 semesters (3 including summer school) which range from 10-13 weeks. Think of it as 2 school terms.
- Paper - a university "paper" is the same as a "subject" at school. A degree is made up of many completed papers.
- Lecture - a lecture is where most of your teaching will occur. They take place in lecture halls where a large number of students (up to 600 at UoA!) listen to a lecturer.
- Tutorial - these are smaller lectures where you get a chance to engage, ask questions, and get help with assignments. These are a crucial part of your learning experience at university.
- Stage - you will occasionally hear people talk about stage 1, 2, and 3 papers. This is simply classifying their difficulty similar to NCEA level 1, 2, and 3. Paper numbers have the Stage indicated in their code. eg 101 Bio = Stage 1 Bio
- Lab -Laboratory sessions (Labs): involve experimental or practical work. They may be compulsory and attendance may contribute towards your final grade.
Tips and Biggest Learnings from Students
- Time management.Treat uni as a 9-5 job otherwise things will quickly get overwhelming. Be prompt to your class.
- Motivation - be sure to take courses you're interested in so you can stay motivated throughout studies.
- Referencing - this is a skill you will have to use a lot so learn it well.
- Get used to reading - there will be a lot of reading at uni, learn to embrace it and read effectively.
- Get involved - join clubs, meet new people, and get stuck in. University can be a big but lonely place.
- Take care of yourself - uni is a big change from school. You have a lot more independence but also distractions. Enjoy university but remember why you're there and take care of yourself both mentally and physically.
- Attend the preliminary lectures for your papers - these provide more detailed information on what the paper will cover, what assignments will be required and which textbooks are needed
- It's important that you attend your classes (podcasts and/or notes are not a substitute for hearing it first hand)
- Complete any preset tasks before the class
- Get involved – ask questions and join in discussions
12 Tips for the Transition to Uni
- Figure out where you want to go and what you want to study. Attend Open days.
- Get your finances sorted
- Be proactive
- Ready, set, take notes
- Schedule your life
- Be ready to get involved
- Get your textbooks and stationary sorted
- Campus and library tours
- Catch up summer school papers
- Get yourself into the right mindset
- It won't all be plain sailing, but that's ok
For more detail on each step visit: https://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/fms/About%20Massey/Student-Recruitment/publications/12%20tips%20for%20the%20transition%20to%20university.pdf?3D6CFE3A165407D393DD85FC5740183B