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Preparing for First Year of Study at University

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THE First year STUDENT EXPERIENCE

What were the biggest learning challenges you have faced so far this year? •the amount of reading we get given from our courses, I wasn't prepped for having 20-40 pages to constantly read My expectations about Uni was that it will be tougher to learn compared to high school. Where high school your teacher is at the back of your shoulder all the time making sure you do as you are told and with Uni you have to do pretty much everything on your own. In reality, TPA (Te PÅ«tahi Atawhai at Victoria Uni) and Student Learning Support Centre gave me the courage to get out of my comfort zone and talk to the lecturer and duty tutor.

learning to be comfortable asking questions around people from other cultures because I always feel dumb around them

STUDENTS LEARNING FROM THE STUDENTS
(Thoughts of current Victoria students, 2016)
Transition from school

First year


-Time management: treat university as a 9am – 5pm job.
- Work balance
-Maintain Motivation
-Lecture numbers!
-staying focussed in lectures and
-knowing how to reference
-need to keep up with things and plan
Second year

-Self reliance
-Take control of learning

Third year

-New environment – nothing like first year lectures numbers
-Different time structure day to day.
-Get engaged in the community

EMPLOYABILITY: GRADUATE DESTINATIONS IN WELLINGTON (and will be applicable everywhere).

From a survey in 2015 of over 1300 employers in Wellington :

Employment skills required; Track the changes with an arrow...

In 2006


In 2015

1

Interpersonal skills

1

Work ethic

2

Verbal communication skills

2

Verbal communication skills

3

Written communication skills

3

Energy and enthusiasm

4

Flexibility & adaptability

4

Analytical & critical thinking

5

Academic achievement

5

Problem solving

6

Self motivated

6

Team work

7

Team work

7

Interpersonal skills

8

Energy & enthusiasm

8

Written communication skills

9

Problem solving

9

Self-management

10

Analytical & critical thinking

10

Initiative & enterprise


Expected competency levels
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