Your first six weeks

Your first six weeks

What to expect
Your first year will be an adjustment as you transition from high school, a work environment or even family commitments. No matter what pathway brought you to Macquarie, there's a range of services, support and opportunities to access throughout your studies. Check out our tips and advice and remember, we're here to help.

O Week - Monday 20 February to Friday 24 February

O-week is not just about fun - we have sessions, events and activities for all students so make sure you:

  1. Save the date for your faculty day so you don't miss out!
  2. Get a mentor so you know who you'll be meeting during your Faculty Welcome.
  3. When you get to campus, stop in at the 'Ask Me' tent to say hello, grab a map and find out what's on for the day.
  4. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a drink bottle and get ready to explore! There's tours every day, which will take you to the basic spots but bring your timetable (which you get from eStudent) and find your classes before they start next week. Use the campus map and remember, Wally's Walk is the spine of the uni so use this as a reference point if you get lost.
  5. Access your unit guides before classes begin and log into iLearn to explore the online resources for your units. Keep an eye out for your unit's KickStart package - this will help give you a sense of what your unit will be like and what's expected of you.

Week 1 - Monday 27 February

This is a big week - classes have started, you're meeting new people everyday and the campus is buzzing with activity. Here are some essentials to getting through this week:

  1. Make time to check out the Clubs and Societies Sign-up Day in Central Courtyard between 10am and 3pm. Don't forget, you can connect with the Student Groups at Check In and start planning your social calendar for 2016.
  2. Bookmark the student homepage - you'll find important notices, upcoming events and can access important links like ask.mq.edu.au, first time log-in and textbook finder.
  3. Check your emails regularly - this is now your official communication channel with Macquarie, your lecturers and tutors.
  4. Make time to attend some activities - you can see what's on here and don't forget, Learning Skills have a range of workshops on this week to help you settle into your study routine.

Week 2 - Monday 6 March

With tutorials and practicals starting this week, its time to immerse yourself in study. It's a good idea to:

  1. Check out the academic integrity module to make sure you know what this means so you're ready for your assessments in a couple of weeks.
  2. Attend the New Conversation Groups to practice your English, meet new people and earn 10 GLP points.
  3. Find those quiet study spaces.
  4. Explore our support services and ask for help early.
  5. Register for CareerHub to get vital information about upcoming career and employment opportunities on campus.
  6. Don't forget to meet people - say 'hello' in classes, start a study group or connect with the Student Groups on Check In.

Week 3 - Monday 13 March

You're probably getting into the swing of things with assessments beginning soon. This week, try to:

  1. Plan - success at uni is all about being organised and keeping on top of things but it doesn't come naturally to everyone. StudyWISE is a great online resource designed to help you manage your studies.
  2. Check out if Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) or Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are available for your units in Arts, Business and Economics and Human Sciences.
  3. Consider opportunities available during your degree - learning's important but it's also about the experiences you get at Macquarie.
  4. It's never too early to start thinking about your career so plan to attend the Careers Fair - you'll get some great ideas about your options, be inspired by local, national or global companies, or gain insight into how companies recruit.
  5. Explore the campus - have you visited the Sport and Aquatic Centre, the Musuems and the Learning Circle?

Week 4 - Monday 20 March

Its normal to start feeling the pressure this week - assessments are due, readings are getting longer and you could be thinking about your options.

  1. Remember, the census date is 25 August so you still have time to decide on whether you'd like to withdraw - contact Campus Wellbeing for advice and support or speak to an academic adviser in your faculty.
  2. Learning Skills and the Numeracy Centre have great online resources and free drop-in services, where you can ask questions about your assignments.
  3. The Library has fantastic information about researching your assignment, referencing and a range of facilities to make your studies easier. Remember, you can always stop in and speak to a Learning Adviser at the Info Desk from 12pm-2pm, Monday to Friday.
  4. Don't forget to connect with your Macquarie University Mentor as they are there to help and can point you in the right direction if you're not sure where to go. You can drop in and see us at the Info Desk in the Library, 2pm-5pm, Monday to Friday.

Not a first year student?

Find out about opportunities that are available to you by attending free workshops, participating in student events, getting involved and connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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