The first major difference to school and university is that students are required to independently learn. There won’t be calls to parents for not attending lectures or chasing homework and assignments. Staying on top of subject assessments will be completely up to students to manage, and with new found distractions of university life, part-time jobs, and social activities, time management becomes increasingly important
Whilst the time spent in class may vary from course to course, the average student spends around 12 – 20 hours a week at uni or Tafe: this could mean that students are there for 2 or 3 days of the week! Even though students may have to juggle a new part-time job and social commitments, it can feel like a blessing having so much flexibility, compared to the structured timetables of most secondary schools. Classes generally start closer to March, and finishing in November/early December, and don’t forget mid-semester and semester breaks, so there’s plenty of time for R&R in the extended breaks.
University can feel like another world. With a language that, at first, can be hard to understand. It can be hard to dissect all of the of the acronyms, uni speak and jargon to make informed decisions about their next phase of their education.
Turning 18 is great. Your teenagers can vote, work, drive, go out to bars and clubs, move out, or travel while still being a full-time student. This also means they’ll probably have a lot more responsibilities with managing costs and may find themselves having to learn the difficult art of budgeting their life.
Most universities offer support students with accommodation, financial advice, mental health support, and study and time management advice. To see an example of the range of services available, check-out RMIT’s student support service.