First Year at Adelaide
The University provides a range of services that will assist you in adjusting to uni life and help you become a successful student.
During your first semester we may contact you to provide details of the support available to you. Emails to you about the services and support will be signed Ask Adelaide. Get all the essential information you need to equip yourself for a successful semester at uni.
The enrolment process means that you are officially a student of the University of Adelaide. If you haven't yet enrolled and are looking for more information, you can visit getting started and check back here later.
The uni year
There are two main periods of study during the year called semesters:
- Semester 1 2020 (week 1) starts on 2 March
- Semester 2 2020 (week 1) starts on 27 July
There are also summer and winter school study periods, which are optional. Students sometimes study subjects over summer and winter to lighten their load during semester or to finish their degree a bit earlier.
See the important University dates for both academic and critical dates.
There are three things that will stay with you during your study:
- your student number - your unique identification number for the University of Adelaide
- your student ID card - used for identification on university campuses and at exams, student concession, as a library card, follow me printing and photocopying, and as an access card to University buildings
- your username and password
Getting ready to study
While there is plenty of fun to be had at University, you need to start thinking about your studies and what you need to do to get ready.
For many students, their expectations of what uni life will be like is often mismatched to the reality they experience. We have developed a resource to show you how some of your assumptions and expectations about what you'll experience matches to the reality of uni life.
Assumptions and expectations of first year
- 45% of students feel that school adequately prepares them for university
- 70% report that the standard of university work is different to school work
- 45% have outside commitments that negatively affect their learning
Realities of first year
- You will need to commit up to 48 hours a week to study (full time)
- Recommended amount of study outside of contact hours is 6-10 hours a week per subject
- Tutors and lecturers have complex roles which means different feedback and longer return times for assignments
Our top tips
- Take charge of your own learning
- Keep up with the workload
- Don’t try and do too much on top of study
- Go to workshops and study support to develop skills
- If in doubt, ask for help
Adjusting to University
We've put together a quick guide to help you find your way around in the first four weeks.
Attend your first lecture:
- meet your lecturer, fellow students, and receive an introduction to your courses
- find your personalised timetable on Access Adelaide, and
- find the location of your classes through campus maps
Get your courses online:
- course outlines will let you know what textbooks or course readers you need, how and when you can contact your lecturers and tutors, when your assessments are due, your subject requirements and schedule, and assignment submission
- if you have not received your outlines, check MyUni or speak to your lecturer
Familiarise yourself with student support:
- your administration office is where you will need to submit hard copies of forms or your assignments
- check the ‘current students’ section of your faculty or school’s website, as it will have more important information about faculty policies and procedures including changing courses or withdrawing, plagiarism and special consideration submission
Check your emails and MyUni:
- start checking your emails and MyUni on a regular basis, this is how the University will communicate with you and where you can find up-to-date information and announcements about your courses
- your faculty may send out a weekly student newsletter via email, this will let you know what’s happening in your faculty and provides relevant news and information
Explore the library:
- attend a library tour and check the library website, this will help you get a great start on how to research for your assignments and will save you precious time later on
Attend your first tutorial:
- tutorials usually begin in week 2
- tutorials are smaller class sizes than your lectures where you can deepen your learning from the lectures, ask questions, and challenge and discuss content
- it’s the best opportunity to start making friends in your classes
- you will need to start your readings and be prepared to attend your tutorials
- required reading and preparation will be detailed in your course outlines
- even if you don’t understand the work yet, you will find that you will get more out of your tutorials by being familiar with the content
Connect on Facebook and Twitter:
- connect with students by joining the University’s Facebook group, or following us on Twitter
- you can get daily updates about fun activities around campus and things you need to know about the upcoming week
Bookmark important webpages:
- visit and bookmark the current students website, this site provides an overview of the services and support available to you
- if you can’t find something, current students is the best place to start looking
Read the student organisation publications:
- Check out OnDit magazine for highlights of on-campus activities
Sustain your wellbeing:
- Wellbeing Hub website website provides information and advice on study tips, relationships, body health and mental health, and a range of other information and support to help maximise your wellbeing.
- Student Life can also help with other concerns, such as counselling, disability support, elite athlete support, international student support, and health and wellbeing.
By this week, you may be preparing for your first assignment. There is a range of drop-in support and services available to you free of charge.
- Counselling support offers self help guides to help you to stay focused, keep motivated, and maintain balance in life as you work towards completing your degree.
- The Writing Centre helps students in their development as writers through in person, one-on-one consultations and online writing resources.
- The Maths Learning Centre aims to help you succeed in learning and using the maths you need for university.
- Studiosity is an after-hours online study help tool available to all students for free. It provides 24/7 writing feedback as well as after-hours study skills support via live chat. Submit your writing for feedback or connect live to speak to a subject specialist through Assignment Help in the navigation area of your MyUni course.
Explore the Careers Service:
- Careers Service inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry
- explore the Careers Service workshops and attend the Careers Expo. The Careers Service can also help you gain skills to boost your profile with employers and search for professional jobs, vacation work, internships, graduate opportunities, and program-related placements on CareerHub
Stick to a plan:
- put your assessment due dates in your diary and schedule time to work on your upcoming assignments
Balance your study and work commitments:
- many students tend to dedicate more time to work than study and this can really affect your academic success
Balance study and leisure:
- University is about the experience. Both the academic and social aspects contribute to your success here. There are many ways to get involved and make the most out of your time by enjoying activities and entertainment on offer.
- check out the Adelaide University Union website for upcoming activities on campus
- get involved with a club, whether it's a sporting club, or non-sporting club, there is something to suit everyone
Ask for help:
- there are a range of support services that you can access if things haven’t worked out this semester
- speak to someone if you are considering dropping a course or taking a semester off
- we encourage you to talk to your student adviser or course coordinator to explore your options, or
- you may want to speak with a careers adviser for assistance with your career options