A survival guide to student life at ANU, in ANU Reporter, February 1983.

A survival guide to student life at ANU, in ANU Reporter, February 1983.

Surviving student life

It can be hard to adapt to on campus life so some handy tips are often very welcome, as RICHARD FOX explains.

O-Week is a time for relaxing, socialising and exploring.

But when the dust settles and the studying starts, newcomers to ANU could be in for a shock as tutorials, Wattle and flexible double degrees replace high school teachers and classes.

So throughout the 1980s, ANU Reporter was on hand to guide new students through these times with A survival guide to student life at ANU.

In February 1983 (pictured above and below), new students were "joining a community of nearly 10,000 people" and figuring out what the difference between tutorials and lectures was.

"The chief distinction...is that in a tutorial there are 10 to 15 potential sources of learning, not one," the guide stated.

The four-page leaflet included an in-depth guide to borrowing books at the University Library and how to book a room for group studying and photocopying.

"Last year, students found they spent $2-$3 per week on photocopying.

"It is advisable to save every five-cent piece for photocopying," the guide said.

"There is a trap in photocopying.

"Some students think that the possession of a photocopied chapter means they have read and understood it. You merely possess the pages."