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Tips for surviving your first year

Please view tips for surviving your first year of Nursing, Midwifery or Paramedicine in the tabs below.

We wish you all the best with your chosen course of study.

Nursing
Midwifery
Paramedicine

Nursing

  • If you are having problems see your Unit Coordinator and/or your Year Leader before it affects your work – sooner is better than later, we are more than happy to help!
  • You will be allocated a student mentor, make contact with them – they can answer your questions.
  • Read your Unit Outlines.
  • Make sure you get your health and legal checks done by the appropriate date.
  • Manage your time well.
  • Plan when you will do your assessments.
  • Don’t leave work until the last minute – you lose marks if it is handed in late.
  • If you have a good reason and need an extension for an assignment, make sure you submit the request well in advance on the appropriate form which you will find on the Curtin website under Forms.
  • Know what a supplementary paper/exam is and the date that it takes place.
  • An OCC is an official communication (email) from the University and is important, please read them.
  • Use your student email account when corresponding with the University – other email addresses may be recognised as SPAM and be deleted.
  • Check your Curtin University student email often as Unit Coordinators will use this to contact you.
  • Read the announcements in your unit on Blackboard.

Midwifery

  • If you feel things are not going well contact your Unit Co-ordinator sooner rather than later.  There is always a solution.
  • Share experiences with your fellow students – both good and bad – you will feel less alone.  BUT don’t do it via Facebook or any Social Media.
  • Approach everything as an opportunity.
  • Don’t panic about your Portfolio – it is a learning document and it is OK not to get everything perfectly correct the first time.
  • Reflect … reflect … reflect …
  • Attend some of the professional activities that are promoted – study days, film nights, student forums ….
  • Keep “on top” of your clinical screening requirements for clinical practice.
  • Get to know your clinical tutors really well.
  • If you are given feedback you need to consider it.  If you don’t understand it or agree with it – then come and see us.
  • Try and put the “numbers of things” out of your mind and enjoy the journey!!!!

Paramedicine

  • If you feel things are not going well contact your Unit Co-ordinator sooner rather than later. There is always a solution.
  • If it’s a course issue then speak to the Course Coordinator.
  • Activate and use your OASIS account and student email – it’s how the university keeps in contact with you.
  • An OCC is an official communication (email) from the University and is important, please read them as you will not necessarily receive a copy by post.
  • Your Unit Coordinator will use announcements on the relevant Blackboard site to make general communications about units of study so review these regularly.
  • Keep your contact details up to date.
  • Read and understand your Unit Outlines.
  • Look at when assignments and work is due, plan your time.
  • Don’t leave work until the last minute – you lose marks if it is handed in late.
  • Remember a university education is about more than just getting vocational training, take opportunities to experience university life.