A big hand for the uni journey

Starting out at university is a big challenge and change for first in family, mature age and students from diverse backgrounds. Programs, resources and activities offered by the Library and the University can help make the journey less daunting, write Anita Dewi and Michelle De Aizpurua.

If you are feeling a bit anxious or apprehensive about the university environment, you're not alone. Many students feel this way when they first get started.

If you are the first in your family going to university, or if you’re a mature age, part-time or off-campus student, we understand it can be quite a challenge even as it is an exciting step to take in your life.

We've made sure to provide a wide range of resources and services to suit your needs and to guide you.

For First in Family students, check out some tips from one of our learning skills advisers in this video on how to get ready for university life.

There are other study hints and resources available from other organisations that support First in Family students.  

For off-campus students, you can access the numerous electronic resources the Library subscribes to anytime, anywhere.  You can even request items to be posted to your home as part of our flexible delivery options for off-campus students.

There are lots of resources for you to refer to - check out these quick hints for creating new study patterns and developing a study strategy to get started. There are plenty more materials available via the Research & Learning Online (RLO) site, so keep checking back once you get stuck in your study!

Extra study facilities and services are provided by the Mature Age & Part-time Students Association (MAPS) for mature age, part-time and distance education students, or you may find a mentoring program helpful for support in your discipline.

While university life is certainly not stress-free, the level of stress is definitely manageable. Remember, you can seek support and, as they say, you'll be surprised how much there is.

Anita Dewi is a learning skills adviser who splits her time between the Hargrave-Andrew Library at Clayton and the Berwick Library while Michelle De Aizpurua is a librarian in the Law Library. 

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