Expectations of students

University study is an exciting challenge. It's 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 in the workplace.

Personal responsibility

It's expected that as an AUT student, you will be responsible for your own learning. You're required to organise your own time and make sure that you're completing work. It's important to attend all of your classes. If you're unable to attend a class then it's a good idea to let someone know. You can talk to your lecturer or a student advisor.

Study effort

Your timetable will include a number of hours when you're required to attend lectures and tutorials. 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 two hours additional study time per week for each course, completing readings, etc. You will also need to allocate further time in the lead up to completing 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.

Download example timetable

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 the​ Library.

Lib​rary​ website

Student conduct

On enrolling at AUT, you will have signed an acknowledgement agreeing to adhere to University regulations. Familiarise yourself with AUT’s student conduct policy by reading our policies and regulations.

Download academic policies and regulations here

​What to expect at a lecture​

You're expected to join lectures on time, and to take notes and ask any questions you may have. Lectures may have 20 to 30 students in them, or more.

Some lecturers may include interactive material during their presentations and you may be asked to discuss a particular topic with someone else in the lecture. Lecture notes will also be accessible through Canvas ​for many courses.

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