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Prepare for Uni

One of the best ways to start your semester on the right foot is to make sure you are as prepared as possible before classes begin. We've put together this handy checklist of things you can do to prepare for uni and make sure you're relaxed and ready when the first day of semester arrives.

Have you activated your student account? If not, click here and follow the instructions under the 'Activate your student account' section.

Before the start of semester you will need to complete your Mandatory To Do List. The Mandatory To Do List includes important items like updating your address and emergency contact details, indicating if you have a disability, viewing the UON terms and conditions and completing your eCaf.

To access your Mandatory To Do List simply log in to the myUON student portal and select myHub from the launch pad. The To Do List is located on the myHub home page on the right hand side. You will need to complete this list before you are able to enrol in your courses.

We've listed the online systems that you will use most while studying at UON below so you can become familiar with them before study starts.

myUON portal

This is your gateway to UON. myUON provides single sign on access to all the student systems you will need while studying at UON including NUmail, UONline, CareerHub, myHub, UONPrint, MyLibrary and more. The portal also has important messages to help keep you informed on the matters most important and relevant to you.

You can login to myUON using your student details.


This is where you will enrol in your courses, update your personal details, pay fees and view your financial records, timetable, academic transcript and any scholarships you may have. You can also check your weekly schedule here.

To access myHub, login to myUON using your student details and select myHub from the launchpad.


UONline is your Virtual Learning Environment while studying at UON that provides access to online teaching

  • Blackboard: Here you’ll find course outlines, assessment requirements, lecture recordings, grades, submission options for electronic versions of assessments, discussion boards and more. At the start of each semester the courses you have enrolled in will be automatically added to your Blackboard – visible under ‘My Course Sites’.
  • Echo 360 is where you can access recordings of past lectures as a study revision tool.
  • Turnitin is where you will submit your assignments electronically. Turnitin uses text-matching software to help you reference correctly and avoid plagiarism and academic misconduct.

To access UONline, login to myUON using your student details and select UONline from the launchpad.

Student email

NUmail is UON’s student email service and is automatically set up when you enrol. Official UON correspondence will be sent to this email address, so make sure you check it regularly or have it forwarded to one of your other email addresses.

To access NUmail, login to myUON using your student details and select NUmail from the launchpad.

UON offers a large range of free resources to help you prepare and succeed academically.

UON Prep Courses

Prep courses are designed to improve your academic skills and refresh your knowledge prior to commencing your degree. They cover a range of areas including mathematics, statistics, linguistics, grammar, computers, chemistry and human biology. Courses generally run for 15 hours over one week and some are even offered online

To find out what courses are available and how you can apply visit the UON Prep webpage.

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Academic Survival Skills Online

Academic Survival Skills Online is a great way to prepare yourself to think, read and write like a student. Through step-by-step online modules you will learn to make sense of uni texts and lectures, plan and write an academic essay, understand referencing and academic integrity and use online libraries for research.

Check out the Academic Survival Skills Online webpage for more information.

Academic Success: Skills for learning, Skills for life

Academic Success is written and designed by leading academics across the world to help you develop academic study skills that will set you up for success. You can study this online and interactive course when and where it suits you! The course is designed to prepare you for your first year at uni and develop your academic skills. Plus once you successfully complete this course, you will be awarded a certificate of recognition to include in your resume.

Students who complete this course prior to commencing semester will go into the draw to win a $50 voucher from UON’s Co Op Book Shop.

You can access Academic Success by logging in to myUON and selecting UONline from the launch pad. The course is located under the Blackboard tab in 'My Other Sites'.

English Academic Success

We all want you to start university study with information that helps you succeed - completing the online course English for Academic Studies is a great way to do that! This course will help you develop your reading, writing and listening skills, especially if you have studied previously in another country. Start the course in the first couple of weeks of study and you will be sure to improve your academic skills. Plus once you successfully complete this course, you will be awarded a certificate of recognition to include in your resume.

Apps & Videos

    Uni Tune In - Uni Tune In is our study skills/academic literacy app. It is a free app with short videos on topics like understanding assignments, note taking, active listening, assessing evidence and academic writing. It's available on both Apple and Android devices.

    Maths Tune Up - Maths Tune Up is a series of short animated videos packed full of explanations and examples of some of the fundamental mathematical concepts. They cover a wide range of topics and are designed to give you a head start with your maths subjects at uni. Check out Maths Tune Up to watch the videos and get up to speed quickly.

Your student ID card is your passport to our libraries, computers and travel concessions. Your card is current while you are enrolled at the University of Newcastle.

If you are a commencing student and are applying for your first ever Student ID Card, upload your photo here. You will receive notification advising you when and where to collect your ID card. You will be required to provide your student number and photo identification on collection.

Alternatively, you can obtain your Student ID Card from a Student Hub any time between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

If your Student ID Card has been lost or stolen, you can pay for a replacement card online and collect your replacement Student ID Card from your nearest Student Hub. Note that your previous photo will be used when printing your replacement card.

If you are studying via distance or at the Port Macquarie campus, please complete a Student ID Card Mail Request form (PDF, 281KB) to obtain your card.

You may also be entitled to a travel concession if you're a full time, on-campus, student.

If you have studied before, or are transferring between UON degrees, you may be able to receive credit for previous courses that are relevant to your new degree.

To see if your prior institution has an approved credit arrangement with UON check out the Credit Transfer Catalogue. If your institution doesn’t appear, or if you studied with UON previously, you should submit an application for credit through the Credit Application Tracking System Online (CATSO).

If you have any questions about credit you can visit the credit webpage or contact us at

The Uni Ready Quiz is designed to help you prepare for your study with the University of Newcastle. The quiz will guide you through what is available at UON to help you succeed in your studies and link you to information and workshops to help you navigate to success.

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