Your first semester at Curtin

Orientation doesn’t end after O-Week! Check out our guide to your first semester and make the best start to your journey at Curtin.


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Week 1 – Kick off your semester

Check the checklist

Now that semester is underway, it’s time to focus on the ‘Three P’s for Success’. Use the checklists below to help you prioritise compulsory academic tasks, prepare for your upcoming assessments and be proactive in seeking support and advice.

Bentley Campus students checklist [.pdf]
Kalgoorlie Campus students checklist [.pdf]
Online students checklist [.pdf]

Plan your semester

Check the academic calendar for a list of all key dates at Curtin, and your unit outline on Blackboard will let you know all your important assessment dates.

Check regularly for updates

Check your student email, Blackboard, and Curtin’s Official Communication Channel (OCC) in OASIS at least once a week, so you don’t miss out on important information.

Attend your classes!

While all of your classes are important, those you take in your first week are critical to setting you up for a successful semester. In these classes you can expect to get an outline of the key elements of your units and assessment information.

Know your responsibilities as a student – academic integrity and plagiarism

If you’re a new coursework student, you will need to complete Curtin’s Academic Integrity Program (AIP) online within 14 days of the start of your first study period.

The AIP will help you learn about the concept of academic integrity, Curtin’s values, and our expectations of you as a member of the academic community.


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Week 2 – Get to know your community

Share your journey

University is about more than just going to class. No matter your background, beliefs or interests, there is a place for everyone to belong at Curtin. Engaging with your mentorjoining a Guild club, or getting involved in sport are great ways to meet like-minded people.

Form a study group

Connecting with other students in a study group is a great way to improve your understanding of the concepts, materials and requirements of your units and assessments. Check out these tips [.pdf] on how to run effective and productive study groups.

Get support

Support is always available to you at Curtin and we’re here to make sure you have a successful experience. Find out where to get support and advice through Curtin Connect, or by checking our frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Keep safe

Whether you’re studying on campus or online, your safety is our priority. Find out about our Safezone Security app, how to report a concern, and how to access support by visiting our Safety at Curtin page. You can also learn about how we are supporting the Respect. Now. Always. campaign against sexual assault and harassment.

You’ll be using the internet and a range of online tools to help you with your studies. Learn about protecting yourself and your identity online by checking out our guides and tips on information security at Curtin.


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Week 3 – Aim for success!

Assignment and study skills support

Boost your study skills with The Learning Centre’s guides and workshops on a variety of topics including referencing, time-management, and critical thinking. UniPass study sessions, aimed at helping you maximise your grades, are also available for selected units.

Submit a stellar first assignment thanks to Studiosity. If you’re studying a first year unit and need feedback on your assignment, then give Studiosity a try. Studiosity gives you 24/7 access to subject experts who provide free online personalised feedback on assignments or written reports. You can access Studiosity online and anywhere through your Blackboard via OASIS.

Know where you are headed

It’s never too early to start thinking about what you want to get out of your Curtin experience. If you want to start boosting your employment prospects, or are just unsure about where you are heading with your current course, get in touch with our Careers, Employment and Leadership team for advice.

Ask for help

We want you to have a successful experience at Curtin. If you need support there are a range of services you can access, from Counselling and Disability Services to emergency student loans. If you need help, our friendly team members at Curtin Connect, are available to chat.


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Week 4 – Keep going!

How are you tracking?

Now is a great time to re-visit your semester planner, check that you are on track, and re-prioritise if you need to.

Semester 2 Census Date is on Friday 24 August 2018 and is your last chance to withdraw from units without penalty. If you’d like some advice, get in touch with the friendly team at Curtin Connect.

Look after your health

Staying mentally and physically healthy can help you get the most out of your student journey. Make sure you chat with other students whenever you can and enjoy some of the fun things that university life offers. If you do find yourself struggling, help is always available through our Wellbeing, Counselling, or Health Services.

What's on in week four

Keep going in week four and take advantage of the free academic sessions and events aimed to help set you up for a successful university experience.

Check out the ‘What’s on in week four’ schedule for what’s happening during week four on the Bentley Campus.