While being a new student can be exciting, there are also many challenges along the way. Use our essential checklists to ensure you have a smooth transition to university life.
Checklist - before O Week
Visit the New Students website, and follow the five steps under the ‘Activate’ button to finalise your enrolment at JCU - contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you require assistance.
Verify your Current Enrolment is correct in eStudent under ‘My Study Plan’.
Register for classes (tutorials and workshops) in eStudent under ‘My Timetable’ to create your personalised timetable – some subjects have automatically allocated classes, while others give you some choice.
Consider ways you can support your personal wellbeing while studying as it is key for success. Think about ways you can balance commitments to fit relaxation, recreation and exercise into your study plans.
Attend Orientation Week information sessions and social activities, and work through the GetReady4Uni modules online to find out more about Student Essentials, Academic Success, Student Support, Orientation, and Uni Life.
Log on to LearnJCU to find out information from your lecturers about your subjects, including textbook lists, assessment topics, deadlines and grading information.
Get organised early and create weekly and assessment study plans - don’t forget to allocate a minimum of 10 hours/week/subject of study time. Download planners from The Learning Centre under ‘Getting Started’.
Join the Keys to Academic Success webinar on Thursday 19 July (6:30pm-8:00pm). Register via CareerHub – see Events section.
Register for AccessAbility Services if you have a disability, health condition or injury that might impact your studies
Become part of our virtual communities through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and more!
Familiarise yourself with free student services at JCU and how they can help you succeed – Student Centre, Library, Counselling, Student Wellbeing, AccessAbility Services, Accommodation, Careers and Employment, Learning Advisors and Student Mentors.
Find out about Student IT Essentials at JCU. Learn about JCU free software (Office 365), computers, printers, email and wireless networks.
Register for AccessAbility Services if you have a disability, health condition or injury that might impact your studies.
Ask for help – if you have any queries access ‘AskUs’ on the JCU website to find out answers to commonly asked questions 24/7. Contact the InfoHelp for technology assistance, or contact the Student Centre for general enquiries.
Download JCU Calendars to see important dates for 2018 - print them off or note the dates in your diary.
Read your Subject Outlines in LearnJCU (twice) - they contain vital info about how to succeed in your subject, staff contacts, consultation hours, academic expectations and assessment information.
Know where your classes are located if you are studying on campus – see campus maps.
Register for free short courses online or on campus this week. Week 1 Academic Writing webinars will be offered online. Getting the Most from Your Readings, English for Academic Purposes and Basic Statistics are offered on campus. Register via CareerHub in the Events section.
Check your fees are listed in Deferrable Transactions in eStudent if deferring payments to a HELP loan.
Load credit onto your CopyPrint account for printing and photocopying.
Email your Student Mentor with any questions or concerns you may have. Visit the Student Mentor Program website if you don’t have a mentor and would like to connect with a peer leader.
Check out JCU Student Association Clubs and Societies on the Townsville and Cairns campuses and get involved.
Ask for help – if you have any queries access Ask Us on the JCU website to find out answers to commonly asked questions 24/7.
Take a quick two-minute Academic Health Check online this week, which are designed to quickly identify any critical information you may have missed.
Check due dates for your first assignments at university. Don’t forget to visit The Learning Centre for online writing guides and the Library LibGuides and Referencing Guides for help to improve your skills and get the grades you want.
Reminder that the Payment Due Date for fees is next Monday. If you are not deferring payment of your fees through a HELP loan, log onto eStudent before Monday to pay your fees.
Reminder that the Census Date is coming up next week. If you are unsure whether you’ll continue with your studies, or want to drop a subject/s, you will need to withdraw by the Census Date to avoid incurring any fees. Note: withdrawal from a subject/s may affect government benefits or visa requirements, so always seek advice first, and drop electives rather than core subjects.
Reminder that it is normal to start feeling the pressure around your first round of assessments, so don’t forget the range of free support services available to help you. Make an appointment and have a chat with our friendly staff to get some useful tips and strategies.
Attend some of the fantastic social events on campus – ensure you have a healthy balance between study and leisure time. Have a look at our What’s happening page to find social events on campus.
JCU Student Association provides free Student Advocacy and Welfare services in Townsville and Cairns - also for off-campus students. They can help with academic support issues including exams and assessment, appeals, interpreting University policies and procedures, and academic misconduct.