Uni hacks to keep you on track

Semester is up and running but it never hurts to make sure you're on the right track.

Get some help

Uni can be a bit confusing. We don't expect you to know how to navigate your way around University services (or the University campus, for that matter) in your first semester of study. That's why we have student advice experts on hand to help you with any questions you may have.

If you're having trouble with any aspect of University study or University life:

  • Call us on 1300 ASK UON or (02) 4921 5000
  • Drop in and visit a student hub
  • Visit Ask UON and look for your answer

Get a student mentor

Student mentors allow you to pick the brain of a current student. They:

  • Can provide support and advice
  • Know their way around University services (and the University campus)
  • Are available for a coffee and chat at your campus
  • Keep in touch via email during the first six weeks of semester

To find out more about the program and request a student mentor, visit the Student Mentors page.


Attend PASS sessions

Don't try and do it alone. Attend a Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS). PASS is a one-hour session run by a student who has recently completed (and received high grades) for one of several core courses across the University.

Just one hour of PASS is the equivalent of three hours of study - so you know that is one very well spent hour. Some of our PASS sessions are also online.


Hone your academic skills

Did you know UON has a Learning Development team? The Learning Development team look after academic skills and have some useful resources to allow you to get your head around academic writing, mathematics and statistics, and more.

We've also designed some e-learning courses specifically for UON students. Check out the Academic Success and English for Academic Studies courses here.


Get some financial support

Have you thought about applying for a scholarship or a student loan? There are options to help you cover the cost of study. Contact a Student Support Advisor to enquire about the following options:

  • Scholarships
  • Student loans and hardship grants
  • Income assistance

If none of those suit you, make sure you check out the Careers Service. You can find part-time and casual jobs through CareerHub. CareerHub also advertises a lot of internship and graduate opportunities, so it's a good service to keep your eye on.


Stay up to date

Don't miss out! There's so much going on to help you succeed at UON, you need to make sure you know how to find it.

When was the last time you checked BlackBoard? Your course coordinators will post on it regularly, so it's a good idea to check in as often as possible.

Do you use your student email? Any communication from the University goes through this channel. Head to myUON to access everything in one easy-to-use location.

You can also connect with us on our social media channels:


Look after yourself

We're invested in the health and welfare of our students. Make sure you're staying on top of your physical and mental health and follow these 5 ways to wellbeing:

  • Connect
  • Be active
  • Take notice
  • Keep learning
  • Give

Find out more about our dedicated counselling, medical, and other health and wellbeing services.


Meet new people

Have you joined a club or society yet? Clubs are a fast-track to finding your people. Join students with similar interests and find a supportive group of people that you can trust.

Want to assist at campus events and activities, help charities, and meet new people while you're at it? Volunteering is fantastic for your social life, your resume, and for getting more from your uni experience.

Want to connect with people at UON events? Keep up to date with upcoming events and activities on the Current Students page.