What is expected of me as a university student?

Undertaking university study is an exciting challenge. It is a shift away from what you’ve done before and the expectations can be very different to what you were used to at high school or even work.

  • Personal responsibility

    It is expected that you will be responsible for your own learning. As a university student you are required to organise your own time and make sure that you are completing work. It is important to attend all your classes. If you are unable to attend a class then it is a good idea to let someone know. You can talk to your lecturer or a Student Advisor. 

  • Study effort

    Your timetable will involve a number of hours where you are required to attend lectures, tutorials, practical work etc. However you are also expected to spend additional time completing your own independent study. It can be helpful to treat your study as if you had a full-time job. As a general guide, you should aim to spend at least 2 hours additional study time for each paper completing readings, etc. You will also need to allocate further time in the lead up to competing assignments and studying for exams.

Some examples of activities that you will be expected to carry out during your own time are:

  • Reading lecture notes and making sure you understand them
  • Reading textbooks
  • Wider reading
  • Working on tutorial exercises and coursework assignments
  • Completing online activities, wikis, and contributing to discussions

The key is to make sure you plan carefully to ensure that you have a balanced workload and some time for relaxation! It’s a good idea to complete a timetable for the semester.[pdf icon 44KB]

Technical skills

  • You will be expected to have a good level of grammar, spelling and punctuation, and be able to demonstrate critical thinking. AUT offers free workshops that can help you to develop these skills. 
  • You will also be expected to source information from the library. Developing research skills is important. Learn more by attending a workshop offered by our Library.

Student conduct

Every student, on enrolling at or registering with AUT University, signs an acknowledgement agreeing to adhere to University regulations.

To familiarise yourself with AUT’s student conduct policy, see academic policies and regulations.