Tips for Future Students
The rewards of undertaking a business degree at UTS Business School are enormous, and it is good to know that there is a large amount of help, support and tuition available to ensure that you achieve your very best in your degree. With study skills help and advice available online as well as face to face, you can be sure that if you need guidance it will never be too far away - whether you’re new to the university experience, or have studied before.
Tips before you start studying:
Learn about the University Experience
- It may be helpful to talk to someone who has attended UTS or another university (either undergraduate/postgraduate) and get a feel for what studying might be like and what it may involve as well as the potential rewards and challenges that you may encounter. If you don’t know anyone who’s studying Business at UTS, then why not come along to one of our Open Days or Info Days and chat to one of our friendly Student Promotional Representatives?
- Try to develop realistic expectations as to what may be required, the amount of time needed for self study or visiting the library, types of assignments you will need to complete and how you will organise your study time outside of university hours.
Familiarise Yourself with the Business School
- Try to become familiar with the UTS Business School website and know where to find useful information for students. It would be useful to be familiar with the teaching and learning resources for students on the Business School’s website, which has some very useful information about learning strategies and the type of assistance available to you.
Prepare Yourself for Your Classes
Look around the UTS Handbook – there is information on all courses and subjects available online, as well as assessment requirements for each subject.
As semester approaches, look over your subject outlines on UTS Online and familiarise yourself with the requirements and structure of your classes.
Try to take a look at self study resources on the internet relating to time management, note taking, attending lectures and writing essays etc. to get a feel of what may be required before you start the semester. It’s never too early to have these skills under your belt.
Expect to spend at least 2 hours studying by yourself for each hour of ‘face to face teaching’. This is a general rule and will depend on the subject involved; but the point to remember that for each subject you undertake, a very large part of the learning and subject knowledge will be undertaken by yourself.
Identify Your Subject Resources
Check your subject outlines for any required or recommended texts. It is a good idea to do this ahead of time so that you are best prepared for the upcoming semester. UTS Library will likely have copies of any materials you will need, though be prepared that you might be sharing these resources with many other students, and you might prefer to obtain your own copy.
It is worthwhile to note that there are some excellent study resources available in good bookshops and online, to help you become familiar with academic writing, university expectations and life as a university student. It may be useful to visit the Co-op Bookshop near the university and browse through their study skills section.
Know the Support Available to You
- University can be challenging, but it is important to understand that there is always help available to you through a wide variety of support services on campus.