Preparing for your course
If there's any specific work or preparation you need to complete before starting your course, you'll be informed in advance.
Your first lecture
Don't forget to check your timetable well in advance to find out when your first lecture will be, and what room it's in. Check the campus map if you're not sure where the building is.
- Bring any preparation you've been asked to do.
- Bring a laptop, or pen and notebook for note-taking.
- Bring your campus card to swipe in and register your attendance! You're expected to attend all your timetabled teaching sessions - swiping in will help keep track of your attendance at lectures and seminars. Find out why your attendance counts.
Introducing the Portal
For timetabling, webmail and course info, visit our Student Portal. Here you'll find useful contact details, information about the library, and the latest news and events from around the University.
Changing your University password
Your student user account is a key part of your studies - it allows you to access all the learning systems to help you get the most out of your studies. So, it's important you keep your password safe. You will automatically be sent a password to log into your student account - you'll need to change this to something memorable and secure.
Find out how to change your University password
Get the most out of your studies
We want your time at Solent to be an enjoyable experience and for you to gain the maximum benefit from your course, as well as establishing lasting friendships. To get the most out of your time at university try to::
Attend as much as possible
We know that students at Solent with the highest attendance are more likely to achieve the best degrees, including First Class Honours!
Speak with the Students’ Union
Led by students, for students, the union provides independent representation, academic support and the opportunity to take part in national student campaigns, societies and volunteering opportunities.
Take ownership of your studies
Your tutors will provide you with all the support and guidance you need to successfully complete your programme of study, but it will be by your own efforts that you gain maximum benefit from your studies.
Let us know if you're struggling
Please seek support for any difficulties as they arise, rather than leave them to build up.
These are only a few of the possible suggestions! Look to engage with as many things as possible, don’t be afraid to try new things, and ultimately ask questions if you're not sure.
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You'll find lots of resources to help you with your studies, whether it's books or journal articles from the library, free access to IT facilities or support with study skills - we're here to help! Find out what's available to you below.
The library is your first port of call to find books, journal articles and other useful resources for your coursework. It's also a great place to study.
The Library has over 30 staff who are happy to help. If you have a quick question, pop by the helpdesk in the foyer or contact them by live chat. Each School also has a dedicated information librarian who you can contact with more in depth questions about finding resources for your assignments.
Everything in the Library can be searched using the online catalogue which gives details of materials the Library has in print as well as the many other online information sources.
Group work areas are available and study rooms can be booked for working together. You’ll also find quiet and silent spaces for when you need some peace and quiet to get an assignment done. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building.
Get in touch on Twitter and check out HelloLibrary, the online guide for new students.
Mountbatten Library computer facilities
Students have free access to PCs and Macs, printers, and photocopiers on all floors of the Mountbatten Library. There are walk-up only areas where you can use the computers without having to book, and bookable areas where you can book a computer in advance. Check availability here.
You can access smaller equipment like SD card readers, video adapters and laptop mice for use within the Library - these are loaned from the Learning Technologies helpdesk. You can also borrow a laptop to use within the Library from the self-service lockers on the ground floor of the Library - you'll need your campus card to borrow one of these laptops.
If you want to hire a laptop to use off campus, head to the helpdesk on floor 2. The learning technologies advisers can also assist with any general technology issues, including connecting to the WiFi and University systems. If you have any questions, email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them on 023 8201 5100.
University work doesn’t just involve learning about your subject. It also means learning how to explore what other people have said, develop your own viewpoint, carry out research, and communicate your ideas to the standard your lecturers expect.
This might feel like a big step for you, but don't panic! There's lots of help and advice available to you - any time you need it - through Succeed@Solent.
Don't forget to check out the study skills collection on floor 0C in the Library either.
Access Solent provides advice and guidance to students with a disability and those who are exploring a diagnosis. You can receive specific support including:
- Specific learning difficulties (eg, dyslexia, dyspraxia, AD(H)D)
- Mental health conditions
- Autistic spectrum conditions
- Chronic or long-term medical conditions
- Physical or sensory impairments
- Sensory impairments.
If you require support from Access Solent, we encourage you to meet with an adviser to discuss your needs. Access Solent can explore support in the following areas:
- Confidential advice about support at university relating to disability and academic support.
- Academic support and strategies (which may include specialist 1:1 study skills, specialist mentoring, and practical support).
- Assistive technology - available on campus PCs and in the assistive technology centre. Guidance can also be giving in using assistive software and loaning equipment on a short-term basis.
- Support to apply for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).
- Screening and advice on obtaining diagnostic evidence.
For more information, contact us Access Solent by email: email@example.com or call 023 8201 3427.
Find out more about Access Solent
One in every five students at Solent is a mature student (any student aged 21 or over at the start of their studies). We understand that starting university as a mature student can mean you might have different concerns than coming in fresh from further education. We can offer advice and support for all mature students, from study skills to socialising, to finance.
Find out more
If you want to get to know other mature students before you start your course, why not join us at our mature student orientation and networking event! Details will be emailed to you nearer the time.