Top tips for starting uni at Southern Cross University

Top tips for starting uni at Southern Cross University


Hi I’m Karlyn from Southern Cross
University and today I’m going to take you through the top 9 tips to get you
started and for you to succeed at University and don’t worry if you don’t
have time to write down the phone numbers and URLs, at the end of this
video we’ll have a handy tip sheet for you to download. Tip number one is if
you’re not watching this video as a part of the New to Southern Cross University
program then that’s where you’ll need to go. You’ll find handy tips on how to
balance your life and study, time management and support on how to write
assignments. Our second tip is getting comfortable with the online systems. You
may think because you know how to Google or watch Netflix that you’ve got it
covered but they’re specific platforms you need to know how to navigate. These
platforms will help you manage your enrolment and find your study materials.
They are: MyEnrolment, MySCUand your Southern Cross University email. MyEnrolment is where you enrol in units and change them,
check your grades and find out your exam timetable so make sure you check it
regularly. MySCU is where you’ll be spending a lot
of time. Here you’ll access all of your study materials, updates from your
lecturers and the discussion board where you’ll interact with other students and
ask questions. Make sure you check out MySCU before classes start. Make sure you
check your Southern Cross University student emails – the University doesn’t
send emails to Yahoo or Gmail or any other accounts so it’s essential that
you check your student emails regularly. And a bonus tip: there are lots of
usernames and passwords to remember so if you have a private phone or computer
make sure you save the passwords it’ll make logging in a lot easier and
download the Microsoft Outlook app so you’ll have access to your student
emails at all times. Tip number three is how to get your ID
card. You’ll need the ID when you’re going into exams, borrowing from the
library or accessing printers and rooms on campus. If you’re an online student,
log on to MyEnrolment and complete the a form for the ID card request and the
card will be mailed to you. If you’re on campus, pop into the student services hub
and you’ll be given one just like this. Tip number four is where to find your
textbooks. Each unit will specify any prescribed text and any other equipment
that you need, so go to this link, type in your unit name or code and under
prescribed text you’ll find exactly what you need. You can also find your
textbooks at the Coop bookshop or second-hand through Facebook groups or
noticeboards on campus. Tip number five is how to stay on top of it all. Knowing
key dates such as your census date, class commencement, holidays and exams are all
important to keep you organised and on track during the session. There can be a
lot of different demands to manage when you’re studying so being organised is
key. We have a whole other video that goes into all of this in detail, make
sure you check it out. Tip number six is how to use the library. Our library and staff are full of information to help you with your
studies. You have access to online databases to help you research for your
assignments and you can contact a librarian via phone, email or book an
appointment online. For our online students, we’ll express post or courier
books to you within Australia or airmail if you’re overseas. Feel free to contact
our amazing library staff for more information. Our next tip is all about
helping you do the best in your studies and our go-to gurus are the academic
skills team. On their website you’ll find how-to guides to help you with
referencing, writing reports and preparing for exams. They run free online
and face-to-face workshops so I highly recommend you book in via the web link
or make a one-on-one appointment. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re
struggling with science or literacy, the team is there to help you and support
you in your studies so jump on the discussion board and introduce yourself
request a uni mentor through MyEnrolment. They’re students just like us and
have been there and done that and they can help you get you settled.
Remember they can get in touch with you by phone, email, Facebook or in person. And lastly, join a student association, club or society – anything from arts to debate
clubs to sporting clubs, so you can make some friends.
And last but not least tip nine is how to get help. Everyone here at Southern
Cross University is here to help whether it be study related or something
more personal. Here are just a few of the services where you can ask for help:
student services hub, your unit Assessors lecturers or tutors, academic skills, uni
mentor, the student associations, Indigenous Australian student services,
accommodation services, counselling service, technology services, chaplaincy,
student advocacy and more. We have all of their details in the cheat sheet plus
they can be found on our website or in your student diary.
You’ve learnt the top nine tips plus a few extras to get you started on your
university journey. Remember to download the checklist and check out our other
videos and if you like this video click the like button and share it with your
friends. Thanks for watching I’ll see you in the next video.

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