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.

Orientation Week:

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

  1. Register for all the events you're interested in attending. These include faculty welcome sessions, and various workshops and information sessions.
  2. Get a Macquarie University Mentor, who will be able to guide and support you in your transition to university life at Macquarie.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 24 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. Bookmark the student homepage - you'll find important notices, upcoming events and can access important links like and first time log-in.
  2. Check your emails regularly - this is now your official communication channel with Macquarie, your lecturers and tutors.
  3. Have a look at the Student Experience Map (Undergraduate or Postgraduate) to understand what activities are on offer at Macquarie 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 2 March

It's time to immerse yourself in study. It's a good idea to:

  1. Attend the English Speaking Club to practice your English, meet new people and earn 10 GLP points.
  2. Find those quiet study spaces.
  3. Explore our support services and ask for help early.
  4. Register for CareerHub to get vital information about upcoming career and employment opportunities on campus.
  5. Don't forget to meet people - say 'hello' in classes, start a study group or connect with the Student Groups on MacSync.

Week 3 - Monday 9 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.
  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 and the Career and Employment Service is offered to all students during your studies and 12 months after you graduate. You can register for seminars and fairs through the CareersHub.
  5. Explore the campus - have you visited the Sport and Aquatic Centre, the Museums and the Learning Circle.

Week 4 - Monday 16 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 21 March so you still have time to decide on whether you'd like to withdraw - contact Student 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 Mentor Zone on Level 3 MAZE, 18 Wally's Walk from Monday to Friday, 12pm tp 3pm.

Week 5 - Monday 23 March

At this point assignments might be piling up and you might be feeling slightly overwhelmed and stressed. We have a range of services available which can help you.

  1. Student Wellbeing provide a range of services to help you reach your potential during your studies.
  2. With Group Fitness classes, heated pools and a fully equipped Health Club, the Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Centre is the ideal venue for you to get some balance in your life. They also offer student members discounts.
  3. There are many places on campus you can use for study purposes either during the day or after hours. You can view them here.

Week 6 - Monday 30 March

The mid-session break is in two weeks, which is a great opportunity to study and work on assignments that may be due.

  1. The Learning Skills Unit can help you develop your key academic and writing skills.
  2. Make sure you stay up to date with what is happening on campus through your studies. There are many ways you can stay in the loop, which you can find here.

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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