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First Year Experience Program

Welcome to all students about to commence their studies with the Faculty of Sciences!


Studying at University can be exciting but also challenging with so many new experiences and things to learn, that's where the First Year Experience Program comes in.

The First Year Experience Program offers you:

  • Enrolment Advice and Orientation

    Congratulations on gaining a place in the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide! Students are responsible for their own enrolment and are strongly encouraged to seek advice before enrolling.

  • Mentoring

    The Faculty of Sciences Peer Mentoring Program matches small groups of new undergraduate students with two peer mentors (current Sciences students) who will talk you through what to expect in your first semester and give you opportunities to meet other students.

    Weekly mentoring sessions will provide you with opportunities to meet up with your peer mentors, and they will send you weekly emails to help you settle in to University life and address any questions you may have.

  • Drop In Centres

    Throughout your first year we offer ongoing Academic Drop In Centres for students studying Biology, Chemistry and Physics level 1 courses. Drop In Centres allow you to talk one on one with an academic staff member about any concepts or content of your course you may have questions in or want assistance and reassurance with. Drop in Centres begin in Week 2 of Semester.

    Semester 1, 2017

    Drop In Service Day Time Location
    Biology Mon: 9am to 12pm Level 4 Atrium, The Braggs (just outside the practical labs)
    Biology - Velta Even weeks (4,6,8,10 & 12): Room 2.12, The Braggs (Velta's office)
    2pm to 4pm
    11am to 1pm
    10am to 12pm
    Odd weeks (5,7,9 & 11):
    Thu: 3pm to 5pm
    Chemistry Tue:
    9am to 11am
    10am to 1pm
    10am to 1pm
    10am to 12pm
    Hub Drop-In Zone (Level 3, Hub Central East)
    Physics Mon:
    12pm to 2pm
    2pm to 4pm
    12pm to 2pm
    2pm to 3pm
    Hub Drop-In Zone (Level 3, Hub Central East)

    Drop-in services do not operate on Public Holidays or during Mid-Semester break.

  • Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

    Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is an internationally accredited Program and is applied in over 35 countries. PASS is for all students, whether you want to improve from a Distinction to a High Distinction; a Pass to a Credit or even just to obtain a pass. The aim is to enable students to understand the key concepts of the study course and achieve their best results.

    PASS Courses and Session Times are available on the PASS website.

  • Next Step Program

    The Faculty of Sciences Next Step Program prepares you for your second year of study by offering career, enrolment and one on one advice through 5 steps.

    The Next Step Program culminates in one on one academic advice offering you hands on enrolment planning with an academic advisor.

  • Meet Your First Year Directors

    Each of the four fundamental science areas of biology, chemistry, geology and physics are run by a First Year Director. These people are research and teaching academics with a passion for first year teaching.

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