• EAN: 9781862874701
  • 128 pages; 6" x 8⅝"

The First Year Experience

Start, stay and succeed at uni


Product Description

This book aims to help students struggling with the transition from school or work to university. It explains how to enjoy university study, and how to transform even the difficult times into positive learning experiences. Most importantly it shows how enjoying the learning process leads to better results.

With a Foreword by Professor Craig McInnis (University of Melbourne) and Professor Adrian Lee (University of New South Wales). In their words:

"The key feature of The First Year Experience is not that is based on the experience of the authors alone, who have a long and successful record of teaching first year students well, but that it incorporates the view of real, living students at a large and sometimes bewildering university. We hear of their hopes, their disappointments, their moments of enlightenment and above all some of the approaches they have successfully negotiated to succeed in, overcome and enjoy their university experience."


by Professor Craig McInnis (University of Melbourne)

and Professor Adrian Lee (University of New South Wales)












Taking it easy

Further reading

I learnt a thing or two that helped me understand my own first year experience, and even found some tips to help now. … The chapters on reading and essay writing are particularly helpful.

Perhaps the most useful suggestion is that students should keep a regular journal during their time at uni in which to write about subjects, readings, rough plans for essays, and anything else they feel is relevant. The journal then becomes a personal record and a guide for study and personal growth. The main goal, then, is self-exploration …

Those [first year students who buy the book] will find something to help them. Parents and teachers will also find The First Year Experience informative, as will anyone looking to improve their university experience. – Bullsheet (James Cook University Students Association newspaper), 8 March 2004

The authors focus on everyday campus life, using students’ testimonies to highlight and solve common problems, including the mother of all afflictions – procrastination. – Indigo Clarke, Cat 04/04, page 49

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