What YOU need to do to get the most out of University

UON cares.

Really, it does.

Plenty of support services are provided to make studying as enjoyable and smooth as possible. But, UON can’t do it all for you.

Sometimes, the onus is squarely on you to make the most of these services. What’s that cliché expression again? You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink it?

To all you UON seahorses, here are a few of the things you need to bring to the table.

Take advantage of writing services

As shocking as it sounds, UON won’t write your essay for you. We know, crazy! Thinking about doing an assessment is easy; actually writing it is hard. Once you make a start on it, no matter how sloppy you might think that first 100 words is, it suddenly seems a lot more doable.

If you’re feeling insecure about your writing ability, UON provides heaps of workshops with the explicit purpose of improving your writing skills. Make the most of PASS sessions, academic writing sessions and links to online guides. You’ll be finding 1000 word essays a breeze in no time!

Do the reading

There isn’t something a student dreads more than doing the weekly readings. Sometimes it seems like the theorist you’re reading up on isn’t even speaking English. Opening a course reader and being exasperated at the very first sentence is going to happen. Put your head down and battle through it. Just like exercise, there will be a wall that you simply CANNOT push through, until you can. Even a glimmer of comprehension can be used as a springboard to enlightenment. PASS sessions or group study sessions are the perfect place to tackle a tricky reading. 

Lifestyle Choices

UON is fond of days, weeks, and even MONTHS dedicated to the benefits of healthy living. Physically, mentally and financially, there simply cannot be a valid counter-argument against it. We realise the temptations of the dark side are many and constant, and here at UON we work hard at showing students the light. Think: veggie boxes, cheap bikes and counsellors at your disposal. 

Resilience

During semester there is rarely a time without a looming deadline. The strenuous framework of due dates and word counts needs only the tiniest bit of pressure in the wrong place to come crashing down. We know it can be heavy on the shoulders. Thankfully, you don’t have to bear the weight yourself. At UON there are a whole heap of people willing to let you lean on them for a while. Make sure you talk to someone if you feel yourself being crushed. 

Perseverance

University study is marinated in self-reflection. Late night essay writing, journal trawling, financial sacrifice, burgeoning debt. A bad mark on an assignment  you worked really hard on. An important family occasion you missed because of a midnight deadline. Success of your non-student peers. University isn’t for everyone, but the regret of not doing something always burns the longest.