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Make your transition to uni like your transition to high school

If you remember what your primary school teachers did to prepare you to go to high school, you can use those memories to guide your transition from high school to uni.

12 year old girls
Starting high school

In Term 2 primary school teachers will be starting to think about how to smooth the path of their Year 6 students into Year 7.

You can use these 4 tips to help you to start to think about how to smooth your path from high school into university.

Tip 1: Location

Before you started at high school you knew where it was and how to get there. Decide what uni you want to go to and figure out how to get there.

On Campus Accommodation

If you CAN stay on campus, do that.

We want students to stay at the on campus accommodation, whether they are from South East Asia or South Perth.

Professor Harlene Hayne, Vice Chancellor Curtin University

St Catherine's College, Curtin

St Catherine’s College Curtin

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Public Transport

If you will be taking public transport to uni, figure out the best route and timetable and find out how to get your SmartRider ticket.

Tertiary SmartRider

 

Parking

Not being able to find parking when you are under pressure can break you.

Get your parking stickers/app during the holidays. Find where you can park and where to find parking during peak hours. Try to find free parking, although most good free spots will be taken by students who have been at uni for a while. D7 at Curtin Bentley — StudentVIP

Campus Layout

Go to movies, food van markets, play sport or join clubs on campus. Each baby step you make to become familiar with your uni will make your transition easier.

Walk around the campus. If you are doing engineering, go to the engineering building. Check out the room and lab locations. Find the library.

Whatever course you are doing, find your buildings and know where your classes will be held BEFORE Orientation Week.

Online Study V On Campus 

Get your student number and connection to the internet sorted. You will be given instructions about how to do this around Christmas time with the offer that comes after the final TISC results come out.

If face to face classes are available on campus, go to them. Uni is so much more than curated information about different subjects.

Lecture theatre

Tip 2: Subjects

If you aren’t certain which subjects to take,  do a uni prep course – its free and it will help you to make better subject choices. You will be able to go to the same campus as your friends who are leaping into their degree straight away, and you will learn enough to be clear about what course you want to do before you start your degree. 

  • About 30% of students change courses as they find out more about their degree. This is an expensive path to take. Each subject/ unit at university will cost around $2000. You can check how much each unit will cost on the UWA Fee Calculator.
  • Only 26% of university students go straight there from school on their ATAR results. Consider taking a gap year before you go to uni. You will expand your world and get clearer about what you want to do next. Check out Gap Year Ideas 
  • If you are worried that you won’t ever start to study again if you stop studying after Year 12, go to uni and choose broad subjects that allow you to specialise later, when you know more about the course or working in that industry.
  • In response to COVID disruption ALL universities in Western Australia have significantly increased the amount of support that is available to future students. Use the free career advice that is available at every university.

Tip 3: Timetable

Your school timetable is a good model to follow when choosing your class times. Lectures, tutorials and workshops will be scheduled throughout the week. You choose your timetable.

Treat uni like school. Organise your timetable so that you go to uni every day. Don’t be tempted to pack your scheduled times into a few days and just go during scheduled times. Spend your “free time” doing your research and assignments. 

If you treat uni as a job, with a 40 hour week and some good study planning. Schedule breaks where you meet your friends and where you play sport or engage in club activities. A mix of work and play is what you need to have a great time at uni. 

Tip 4: Frie

Going to university is a great opportunity to make new friends. Hopefully this time you will be wiser in your choice of friends than you were when you started high school, when you may have made some naive choices. 

The friends you make at uni can stay with you for your entire life. 

There will be so many people to choose from. If you go to Curtin, there will be about 50,000 people to choose from. If you go to Notre Dame in Fremantle, which is our smallest uni,  you will have about 6,000 to choose from. 

If you pick clubs or sports or volunteer activities from the amazing choice that is available, you will find friends there who have the same interests as you. You can join clubs during Orientation Week. 

If you arrange to stay at university accommodation you will meet lots of new people there. 

So just 4 Tips

  1. Decide what uni to go to and how to get there.
  2. Decide what to study, or at least choose a path that will help you to decide. 
  3. Look at timetables for this year. The chances are that they won’t change much next year. You will be able to draft your study timetable  before Orientation Week. 
  4. Look forward to meeting a bunch of new, wonderful people who like doing the same things that you do. 

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