Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
You can ask your lecturer/tutor, or contact Student services.
Studying at university, college, or TAFE is very different from going to high school. You may be studying alongside people who are different ages – from adolescent school leavers to mature-aged students (some are even as old as your parents!). Teachers are generally called ‘lecturers’; ‘tutors’; or professors, and it’s usually OK to call them by their first names. There are also different study options, such as attending full-time, part-time and studying on campus or taking online classes.
You’ll be expected to:
review what you learned in class and following up with your lecturer/tutor if you have any questions
studying for tests or exams.
Don’t worry though – there are people at university, college, and TAFE who can help you, especially if you start to feel overwhelmed!
To get help, you can:
Visit the library on campus – there is usually a Help Desk where you can get assistance with finding books and other learning resources, and where and how to photocopy and print
Contact your Student services to see if there are student peer mentors, or other support services available.
Some students who are in their second or later years of their course volunteer as a student mentor, to provide support to new students. They take on a ‘buddy’ role and share valuable information about where to get good food and coffee on campus, how to find second-hand textbooks, as well as study tips including how to manage your workload to make sure you get assignments in on time.
To help with the transition in to post-school education or training, you might like to: