7 ways to thrive at university

How to do well at university

University can be one of the most exciting and game-changing times of your life. Make the most of each and every opportunity and you’re creating the groundwork for a long and rewarding career.

Here’s how to make the most of your tertiary experience:

Attend university orientation:

Most university campuses are huge so the sooner you can learn your way around, the better you’ll feel.

Grow your university network:

University’s a great chance to seek out like-minded people who can become great future connections and even life-long friends. They may even help you to grow a big career because you never know who they might be able to put you in touch with. 

Attend lectures:  

On campus it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture and become caught up in the excitement or overwhelmed with the sheer number of choices and opportunities now available to you. Regardless of the distractions you face, if you don’t attend classes (or at least immerse yourself in lecture notes/recordings) it may hurt your grade.

Handwrite your study notes:

Ditch your laptop or iPad… at least during lectures, even if you’re studying online. Studies have shown you’ll retain far more information if you hand-write your notes, rather than type them on a keyboard. There are other ways to use your phone for study.

Get organised for study:

For the first time there are no teachers, or parents (at least directly) making sure you do your work, and attend your classes. The best way to keep on top of your commitments is to incorporate your university timetable into a schedule that also factors in time for assignments, study and relaxation.

Treat your studies like a job:

You’ll spend most of your adult life at work – so the sooner you change your mindset the better. If you don’t go to work, you don’t get paid. Similarly at university, if you don’t do the work – you may fail. Be sure to get started with successful study.

Join university societies:

Try joining one or two campus clubs or organisations that appeal to your interests. Not only will you have instant access to like-minded people, you’ll also have a great chance to make friends and become a part of something bigger.

Tips on university success:

  • Challenge yourself to build new friendships
  • Don’t skip lectures
  • Take responsibility for your own studies
  • Join a club or society


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