How First Year Experience works

FYE helps first-year Arts students succeed at university.

Once you start an Arts degree at the University of Auckland you will be supported through your first year by the First Year Experience (FYE) programme. We provide academic support through Assignment Preparation Sessions, Structure and Referencing Checks, Drop in Sessions with your mentors and Study Groups designated towards FYE mentees and mentors.

FYE works closely with course coordinators to keep an eye on how you’re going with your coursework. If you miss tutorials or don’t hand in an assignment, we’ll get in touch to check in and see how things are going and see if there is any way we can help you. The right advice at the right time can keep you on track in your studies.

You will also receive regular communications from the FYE team. These will be tied to the academic calendar, and provide timely advice around things like major assignments and exam times. They will also let you know about fun stuff happening on campus so you can enjoy some downtime during your studies.

Your FYE mentor

Your mentor is someone who has recently completed the first year of an Arts degree and is now taking advanced courses, so they are a great source of advice.

They are good to talk to about small stuff, like how to get an ID card, or big stuff, like if you’re unsure about your major or you’re really struggling with your studies. If they don’t know the answer, they can help you find someone who does. So ask questions, get involved, and make the most of this fantastic resource.

Your first year of university can be challenging as you attempt to balance the demands of study, work, family and friends. Having a mentor to support you could mean the difference between becoming overwhelmed by these demands or developing the skills to help you balance the demands that university study places on your life.

Your mentor can let you know about the services on campus and how to use them. FYE will also allow you to meet other students taking the same courses as you, so you can start to make your own social networks on campus and get the most out of your time at university.


Tessa Sefton
First Year Experience Coordinator