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  • What’s for lunch? – $2 meals - nandos, German sausages, Hungarian langos, fried noodles & curries, plus Free fruit & drinks
  • Discuss transition issues- academic (learning styles); administrative (QUT admin); Lifestyle & personal (greater independence away from family, accommodation, new city, new friends) Acknowledge diversity of students at QUT (from high school leavers to working professional), part-timers, mature age, life experiences, cultural backgrounds. Remember some students have studied at university before.Regardless of differences students all share the same the experience of TRANSITION – major change. Why and what is different refer to orientation site – Changes you can expect http://www.orientation.qut.edu.au/transition/changes.jspIt can be overwhelming but give reassurance that its NORMAL and support is out there!!
  • Orientation is an important part of the transition process. Faculty orientation -learn about your course structure, faculty programs (PASS, PEER support), meet staff, more importantly meet students.Research shows - students who miss orientation experience greater difficulties adjusting to university. And that students tend to meet each other in the first 3 weeks of each semester. Why it is important? – related to your academic success, group work, support network, and of course lifelong success, e.g.. Google, Yahoo, Facebook started by uni friends.Give yourself a break! – give reassurance everyone feels the same way and support is out there!!
  • Show how you use the sites,QUT homepage – highlight quick links QUT Virtual – Personal calendar, add quick links, add newsIMPORTANCE of EMAIL as official means of communciationWhat is Blackboard? Why its important?What is Assignment Minder?
  • All questions should be answered during your Faculty orientation – Most faculty will have an enrolment session. Explain terminology – unit = subject; course= BS05; unit coordinator = lecturerAgain – there are no silly questions, chances are someone else is thinking it.
  • Staying on track, harder than you think becauseremind students of transitional issues, mentioned in the beginningcommon issue & questionsFew contact hours can be deceptiveGreater independence but more personal responsibility.Emails about support services where to get help
  • What to expect – go through how you experience the semester cycle, the busy periods, how all assessment are due on the same weekAcademic calendar, mid swotvac, exams – reminder to pick up a semester planner & weekly timetableImportant to know course structure, standard is 4 units/subjectsContact hours vs. actual study/research time, Group work, etc…Discuss likely study load, oral presentations, 2000 word assignments, on-going assessment – not common that we have 100% exam based assessment Tips what to do now – read unit lines,Remember not all students have studied in Australia before,
  • Don’t let small problems become big problems, deal with them early – Ask for helpAll administrative rules and procedures, are on this website.Cut off dates for changing units, fees, assessment, exams, etc... Remember correct enrolment is YOUR responsibility!
  • Staying on track is all about keeping a sense of balance in your life. Balancing the different aspects of being a student and juggling your different responsibilities & priorities does take some skill and planning. Of course it possible just have to be aware of it and stay on top of things.Take a holistic view - one affects the other; Study, work, family, partnersTime management – workshops in Kickstart website
  • Free counselling for students – not only personal counselling, welfare officers to help with Centrelink, financial helpMedical clinics on-campusCareers & employment – part-time jobs, workshops on course related jobs, e-portfolio in orientationISS – academic & personal counselling
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