Being a successful student


Advice for first year Students

Starting your first year at university is a new experience and it requires dedication, commitment and hard work. By making the choice to attend university you will be responsible for your own learning which can be quite a change from the normal school routine.

So are you up for the challenge?

Here are some things you can do to prepare yourself to be successful and get the most out of your university experience.

Check out the range of online tutorials from the Student Learning Centre


How much will it cost?
Do a budget and put it in an obvious place so you remember to look at it. Calculate how much you need to earn from part time work to meet all your expenses. If you are working part time think about how many hours you will be doing and make sure you don’t over commit yourself.
If you’re not sure about your finances, calculate your budget


If you’re thinking of getting a student loan you should apply early.

Learn about student loans and allowances and apply online at StudyLink


Talk to us if you want advice about budgeting and money matters.
Visit Student Financial Services for budgeting advice and someone to talk to about money matters


Make sure you’re in the right programme.
If you’re unsure or you’re having doubts about your programme of study, see one of the trained and qualified career consultants at University Career Services.
Visit University Career Services for help with finding the right programme and planning your career path



Spend time getting to know other students.
Being connected to AUT University means that you give yourself an opportunity to build social networks. Making connections with other people will help you to feel part of our community, and there are many ways to meet other students:


Go online - It’s not all just Facebook and blogging.
All AUT papers have an online aspect and you may be asked to complete tests and submit assignments online. Your lecturers will instruct you to go online once you start your course so you can receive information and support that you can access during the year.
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Last updated: 14-Feb-2014 10.06pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.