The fault within your timetable

The fault within your timetable

By now you should have seen your timetable. If not I suggest you login to myVictoria. Under the ‘My Study’ tab you will find your personalised ‘my lecture timetable’.


Great! So you’ve seen your timetable, but what’s wrong with it?

Free time is not so free

School timetables are both great and terrible. Every minute of the day is planned. There is class and there are breaks. It’s great because you just follow the formula… but, for that reason it can also be terrible.

The university timetable seems ever so fantastic. Free time for days! However, one must factor in tutorials or lab sessions. There’s a saying that for every hour of class time you should be spending two hours outside of class doing work. That could be preparation, revision, or the countless readings the lecturer will assign. Full-time study is like a 40-hour week working job, so “werk it!”

This might just but the reality for people who want to do well on the academic path. Fine. But, just remember, C’s get degrees, but not jobs!!! The better your grades, the better your chances at a career, which is why you are here after all!!!

One is not the same as the other

In Kelburn, morning lectures start at the o’clock and finish at 10 minutes to the following hour. 12.50 – 1.10 is informally considered lunchtime. Meaning that afternoon lectures start at 10 minutes past the o’clock and finish on the o’clock of the following hour. Classes at Pipitea and Te Aro campuses start on the half hour. In short, pay attention to when lectures actually start.

Some labs or tutorials might occur every second week.

Enjoy your time at university

It might seem a little daunting, but there will be plenty of time to have fun and cut loose. In the end you’re here to learn, so I wish you all the best on your learning journey. It can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Your time at Victoria should be one of the best experiences you’ve had, you’re finally able to focus and thrive solely on the material you enjoy.

Make the most of it, you’ll be great!

Annemieke Hendriks is a Masters by Thesis student of the School of Biological Sciences.

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