Student Hacks

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Student Hacks – Enrolment

  • Pre-enrol online if possible, saves time and waiting in queues
  • Explore the campus – get to know where you will be attending lectures, seminars, tutorials etc
  • Pick up your iPad and speak to IT support (in the Student Life Building) if you have any problems
  • Please go and have a look around the SU, see what they have to offer!!!
  • Sign up for a GP/Dentist/Student Bank Account if you haven’t already!
  • Come prepared with any questions you may have
  • Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten anything from home; there’s plenty of places nearby to pick up items at a decent price

Student Hacks – When you get here

  • Drink plenty of water and have something to eat if you’re going to be taking advantage of the night-time events!
  • Don’t worry about the most expensive items; getting your first student loan can be awesome and daunting at the same time. Plan your budget wisely
  • Visit ALL of the fresher’s fayres! You will make friends for life! Try something new or carry on a hobby! Attend the evening events, socialising is a great part of uni, and it’s not all about getting drunk!
  • Meet all of your housemates, leave your door open, go knock on theirs, you may have common interests. Any problems, visit SU Student Support (SUSS)
  • Start a group chat for all your mates if you get lost/go to the toilet, and they wander off!
  • Download the SafeZone app if you’re out in the town, just in case.
  • Try as many different things as you can, they’ll more than likely be free if they’re on campus!
  • Take advantage of any student offers, they might only last over freshers, discount on gyms etc.
  • Make sure you attend all induction lectures, even if you don’t think they’ll benefit you as you may be surprised! This is a good time to set up a peer network moving forward for the whole time you’re here!
  • Any issues with your Student Finance, pop into SUSS and ask to speak to a Welfare Adviser.
  • Make sure you take your TUSC card with you everywhere as most on-campus buildings are card-activated for access.

Student Hacks – Making the most of your time

  • Join a club or society at the SU, whether it’s a hobby you’ve had all of your life or something new you fancy trying.
  • Don’t stay in bed all day – that Netflix subscription may look appealing, but human interaction is key!
  • If you need any sexual health products, pop into the SU, and ask to speak to the President Welfare
  • If you have any issues with your course/academic side of uni, pop into the SU and ask to speak to the President Education
  • If you are interested in joining any clubs or societies, doing some volunteering or any social sport, pop into the SU and ask to speak to the President Activities

Student Hacks – Studying tips

  • Google Scholar, one of the best places to find references to back up your essays and assignments
  • Make use of the library! Some people work better at home; however, there is a tonne of resources and workshops in the library!
  • Attend your lectures!!!! Some lectures don’t upload the full slides to Blackboard; therefore, you may miss some vital information. If you are struggling with a section/topic from a module, make use of the tutorials to work 
  • Use your iPad… you can download apps such as OneNote to store notes from different lectures and modules all in one place so you can come back and review it when you need to.
  • When it comes to revising, review content from different sources, for example, books, journals, YouTube, anywhere you can find more information on the same topic to back up your work.
  • Writing 200-300 words a day for an assignment is much better than 2,500 all at once!
  • Plan your time! Don’t sit at a computer, hating your life. Work efficiently in 30-40 minute periods then give yourself a small break before cracking back on with your work! Even if this means doing a stint of work then getting lunch, going to the gym, nipping for a walk.

Student Hacks – people to engage with on campus

  • The Library! Most of us have never or rarely used a library before coming to uni. However, the library at Teesside University is open 24/7 and can be accessed using your TUSC card or via your phone! (You need a photo of your TUSC on your phone though).
  • The Students’ Union (TUSU)! TUSU offers looooooooooads of different activities for you to get involved with… whether that be sports clubs, societies, campaigns, day/night time events, part-time jobs and advice! Find out more throughout this website and make sure you follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news and events.
  • Student Futures, this team offers careers advice and support in addition to CV help. There is an opportunity to volunteer through Voluntees, be enterprising through Teesside Launchpad or even find a placement opportunity.

Student Hacks – personal development

  • Try and get into a routine, schedule your time for your studies and use your time wisely! Procrastination is the devil
  • Even when you’re hungover, try and force yourself out of bed to do some work, anything is better than nothing!
  • Make use of your personal tutor; they are there for a reason to aid your learning and provide support when necessary.
  • If you see an activity/workshop that you are interested in or could benefit you, do it! Don’t hesitate.
  • Try and look for internships/work experience/volunteering opportunities in your field of study if possible, Student Futures can provide advice on this.
  • Sign up to the professional body for your area of study early on whilst at university. This can help you to build networks early on and can lead to invites to events and potential job opportunities.

Student Hacks – people to engage with on campus

  • Budgeting. There are options online for you to plan your budget for the month, allowing for responsible spending and ability to save money.
  • Learn how to use basic home appliances quickly! Such as oven, washing machine etc.