Orientation

Orientation

Orientation is a celebration of your new journey at Macquarie and a showcase of our fun, vibrant and friendly community.

Welcome to session one for 2017!

We welcome all of our new and returning students to Orientation Week – or ‘O Week’ as we like to call it. O Week occurs the week prior to the first week of Session 1. It is a great chance to embrace campus life, and get familiar with all of the support and opportunities available to you before classes begin the following week.

What to expect during O Week

O Week: Monday 20­ – Friday 24 February

The week will be packed with sessions, tours and events so wear comfortable clothes, bring a drink bottle and get ready to explore.

When you arrive, stop in at the 'O Week starts here' areas to say hello, grab a map and find out what's on for that day.

Make sure you attend your Faculty Welcome Day and Welcome Session to meet the staff and other students in your degree. Details will be emailed to your student email.

Our international and postgraduate students will be invited to additional events to be welcomed by staff, meet other students and to find out about the support Macquarie offers during your transition.

There are tours every day that will take you to the basic spots, but bring your timetable (which you get from eStudent) and find your locations before classes start in the following week. There is free parking on campus until February 24. Wally’s Walk is the spine of the University, so use this as a reference point if you get lost.

The following weeks

Week 1: Monday 27 February

This is a big week – classes have started, you're meeting new people every day and the campus is buzzing with activity. Here are some essentials to attend to:

  1. Make time to check out the Clubs and Societies Sign-up Day in Central Courtyard between 10am and 3pm. Don't forget, you can connect with the Student Groups at MacSync and start planning your social calendar for 2017.
  2. Bookmark the student homepage  – you'll find important notices, upcoming events and can access important links like ask.mq.edu.au, first time log-in and textbook finder.
  3. Check your emails regularly – this is now your official communication channel with Macquarie, your lecturers and tutors.
  4. Make time to attend some activities. Learning Skills have a range of workshops on this week to help you settle into your study routine.

Week 2: Monday 6 March

With tutorials and practicals starting this week, it's time to immerse yourself in study. It's a good idea to:

  1. Check out the academic integrity module to make sure you know what this means so you're ready for your assessments in a couple of weeks
  2. Find some quiet study spaces
  3. Explore our support services and ask for help early
  4. Register for CareerHub to get vital information about upcoming career and employment opportunities on campus.
  5. Don't forget to meet people - say 'hello' in classes, start a study group or connect with the Student Groups on MacSync.

Week 3: Monday 13 March

You're probably getting into the swing of things with assessments beginning soon. This week, try to:

  1. Plan – success at University is all about being organised and keeping on top of things but it doesn't come naturally to everyone. StudyWISE is a great online resource designed to help you manage your studies
  2. Check out if Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) or Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are available for your units in Arts, Business and Economics and Human Sciences
  3. Consider opportunities available during your degree – learning's important but it's also about the experiences you get at Macquarie
  4. It's never too early to start thinking about your career so plan to attend the Careers Fair – you'll get some great ideas about your options, be inspired by local, national or global companies, or gain insight into how companies recruit
  5. Explore the campus – have you visited the Sport and Aquatic Centre, the Museums and the Learning Circle?

Week 4: Monday 20 March

It's normal to start feeling the pressure this week – assessments are due, readings are getting longer and you could be thinking about your options.

  1. Learning Skills and the Numeracy Centre have great online resources and free drop-in services, where you can ask questions about your assignments.
  2. The Library has fantastic information about researching your assignment, referencing and a range of facilities to make your studies easier. Remember, you can always stop in and speak to a Learning Adviser at the Info Desk from 12pm-2pm, Monday to Friday.
  3. Don't forget to connect with your Macquarie University Mentor as they are there to help and can point you in the right direction if you're not sure where to go. You can drop in and see us at the Info Desk in the Library, 2pm-5pm, Monday to Friday.
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