Five hot tips for first-year uni students

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Five hot tips for first-year uni students

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1. Cheap textbooks

There is a closed Facebook group called 'USC Buy Swap and Sell' where you can buy secondhand textbooks from current students. It is actually the greatest thing that ever was! Find it, request to join it, meet awesome humans, save money, thank me later.

3. Know thy teacher

The lecturers and tutors are all super friendly. They want you to succeed and do the best you can. Get to know them, ask them questions. They are one of your biggest resources while studying – use them!

4. Park it

For USC Sunshine Coast students, the on-site parking is paid. Hot tip: before you start – jump online and buy your ticket for the semester so you don’t get stung with parking fines. Don’t want to pay for parking? Well, there is free parking available a short walk from campus – however, if you've got the time, you will need to arrive early to snag a spot. Enjoy a leisurely stroll to campus and still have time to grab a coffee and review your notes before class starts...If you're in a hurry, why not pack your skateboard to get you to campus faster! You can thank me for this gem later.

5. Skills for the thrills

There are SO MANY free resources available at USC. Don’t freak out about how to write an essay or study your textbooks effectively; learn how to do it with some of the smartest people I’ve ever met. They work in Academic Skills – available online and on campus and it is free. You heard me, FREE! Free access to incredible brains whose sole purpose is to help you succeed. Sign up to the workshops when you first start and learn what skills work for you. Then, when you need a refresher or an extra hand throughout the semester, drop-ins are scheduled weekly! Seriously, this is the best service and I can’t recommend it enough. Do the Academic Skills, reap the rewards.

Make sure you say hi to Emily if you see her walking around the USC Sunshine Coast campus. You'll have to keep an eye on her hair colour, though - it changes almost every other week!

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