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Settling into University - overcoming obstacles

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Whether you're a new or returning student; home or international, live in halls or commute, have come from school, college or work - The journey through university will present challenges at some point for everyone. This is why at Sheffield Hallam there is a wide range of support to help everyone overcome these obstacles and every student is allocated an Academic Adviser. 
This infographic poster considers some of the obstacles students say they and their peers may be experiencing; and the support and advice that is available to help them.

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Settling into University - overcoming obstacles

  1. 1. settling in at university Starting university can be both exiting and daunting. Students shared some of the obstacles they faced in the first few weeks during their Academic Adviser sessions and realised they were not alone. The groups then discussed the support and guidance that is available to help ovecome these challenges. Note: All students at Sheffield Hallam University have an Academic Adviser. If you don't know who this is, contact your Course Leader and they will let you know.� Common obstacles shared by students 9 obstacles students might face� Making friends� Feeling homesick Eating� Finance and budgeting Whether you're a new or returning student; home or international, live in halls or commute, have come from school, college or work - The journey through university will present challenges at some point for everyone. This is why at Sheffield Hallam there is a wide range of support to help everyone overcome these obstacles and every student is allocated an Academic Adviser.� Getting organised Teamwork Outside commitments Information overload Social life making friends, homesickness and eating� Making friends Feeling homesick Eating healthily Some Notes to Remember: There are a wide range of Hallam Students' Union societies and clubs to join; and opportunities to meet new friends with shared interests.� Feeling homesick is VERY common. Check out www.browzer.co.uk/shu for a collection of tips from students who have gone through this. If you are living away from home, learn new recipes by sharing the cooking with those you live with. It is possible to eat healthily on a budget! taking control TIP: The Students' Union Advice can offer guidance on managing your finances.� TIP: Make notes and to-do lists using a notepad or on a digital device. You can borrow a laptop using your student card.� TIP: Revisit the resources on Blackboard after each class & ask questions if things are not clear. You can also speak to your Academic Adviser. TIP: There is one to one academic writing and maths support� available in the Library Finance and budgeting Information overload Getting organised Study skills support teamwork, social life and outside commitments Teamwork Social life Family commitments Part-time work Some Notes to Remember: Working in different teams gives you the opportunity to meet more people on your course and helps develop valuable life skills.� � Balancing a fun social life, family commitments and getting adequate sleep is crucial. Late nights and lack of sleep will take its toll.� �� Part-time work or volunteering can help develop important skills, but do consider the number of hours so work does not impact on time to study. Visit https://unihub.shu.ac.uk for part-time local and on campus jobs. Academic adviser University study is an experience that transforms lives, and your Academic Adviser is there to support your academic, personal and professional development. They will provide advice about how to improve your academic performance and can also provide general advice about how to get the most out of your time as a student.

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