Your Essential Checklists

New Students Your Essential Checklists

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 classes start

  • Visit the New Students website, and follow the five steps under the ‘Activate’ button to finalise your enrolment at JCU - contact if you require assistance.
  • Verify your Current Enrolment is correct in eStudent under ‘My Study Plan’.
  • Explore GetReady4Uni on the New Students website.
  • Order your Student ID Card
  • Investigate scholarship options at JCU and check to see if you are eligible to apply
  • 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.
  • Register for a free short course in Unistart, Maths Refresher, Studying in Australia: Connect3, Academic Writing or Basic Statistics to develop your academic skills and kick start your studies, or download The Learning Centre workbooks if you are studying off-campus.
  • 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.
  • Read your student email messages and Student Bulletin email notices regularly.  Contact InfoHelp if you have any technology issues.
  • Visit the JCU Safety and Wellbeing website to find out more about the university’s commitment to providing a safe and welcoming learning environment.
  • Check out the Ask Us webpage to get answers to questions 24/7.  Download a copy of the 2018 Ask Us cards for On-Campus Students and Off-Campus Students to have support service information at your fingertips.
  • Apply for a Tertiary Concession Sticker if you use public transport. This can save you time and money.

O Week

  • Attend Orientation Week information sessions and social activities, and/or work through the GetReady4Uni modules to find out more about Student Essentials, Academic Success, Student Support, Orientation, and Uni Life.
  • Check your fees and charges in eStudent under ‘My Finances’ and review your fees, charges, due dates and deferral options.  For more information on your fees, visit the Fees and Financial Support webpage and watch the 2018 ‘Costs of Going to University’ presentation.
  • 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’.
  • Become part of our virtual community through JCU Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn
  • Register for AccessAbility Services if you have a disability, health condition or injury that might impact your studies
  • 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
  • Ask for help – if you have any queries access ‘AskUs’ on the JCU website to find out answers to commonly asked questions, Contact InfoHelp for technology assistance, or contact the Student Centre for general enquiries

Week 1

  • Check your personalised subject timetable in eStudent.  If you are still wait listed for any classes, please email
  • 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 or the JCUMobile App.
  • Check your fees are listed in Deferrable Transactions in eStudent if deferring payments to a HELP loan
  • Check your student emails – this is your official communication channel with JCU, your lecturers and tutors so you will need to check it at least twice a week
  • Load credit onto your CopyPrint account for printing and photocopying
  • Jump onto GetReady4Uni if you missed orientation and catch up on crucial information to help you start university and succeed in your studies.
  • Check out the Ask Us webpage to get answers to questions 24/7. Download a copy of the 2018 Ask Us cards for On-Campus Students and Off-Campus Students to have support service information at your fingertips.

Week 2

  • Bookmark the JCUStudents page. This is your one-stop for all your portal log-ins, events, workshops, self-access resources, student support services and much more.
  • Visit The Learning Centre to discover online resources and workshops to help develop your writing and referencing skills, learning techniques, refresher maths skills and more.
  • Register for the Academic Writing and Basic Statistics workshops provided this weekend.
  • Supersize your study success with Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) - they start this week.
  • Explore the Library. Take the JCU Info Skills Road Trip to help you research and reference your first assignment.
  • 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.

Week 3

  • Take an ‘Academic Health Check Up’ online this week to see if you are on track for success and get some useful tips on where to get help if you need it.
  • Reminder that due dates for your first assignments at university are coming up.   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.
  • Visit our Careers and Employment webpage to learn how you can kickstart your Career Action Plan from first year
  • Reminder that the Payment Due Date 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.
  • Remember, the Student Centre can always point you in the right direction if you are unsure who to ask.

Week 4

  • Reminder that the Census Date is coming up next week. If you are having doubts about continuing in any or all of your enrolled subjects this study period, you will need to make a decision soon to withdrawn before the Census Date to avoid incurring 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 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.
  • Check out JCUSA Clubs and Societies to find some like-minded students to connect with.
  • Check out the Ask Us webpage to get answers to questions 24/7. Download a copy of the 2018 Ask Us cards for On-Campus Students and Off-Campus Students to have support service information at your fingertips.

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