Need help choosing the right course or changing preferences?

Come to UNSW Info Day on January 5 to speak to lecturers and students, attend information sessions and find out about campus life.

The deadline for changing main-round UAC preferences is January 6.

Nicole Cooney, from UNSW student recruitment, says school-leavers shouldn't be shy about bringing along a list of questions.

"Ask as many questions as you like - no question is ever silly."

"It's important to see the campus too," says Ms Nicole. "It's not just about the program, the university needs to be a good fit for you.

"Speak to current students to get a fuller picture of university life, ask what they like about the university and see if they're things you'd like too."

Once you're clear about the course you want to pursue and received an offer, it pays to spend some time getting organised before uni starts, says the Director of UNSW's Learning Centre, Associate Professor Sue Starfield.

"A good place to start is the UNSW website."

Check out the Getting Started and First Steps microsites, which answer many questions new students may have.

"One of the biggest changes between high school and uni is independent study. You need self-motivation, time management and organisation to succeed," says A/Professor Starfield.

Narulla brothers, arts/law student Harj, 20, medical student Raj, 22 and commerce/ law student Harkiran, 24, work as student ambassadors for UNSW, giving presentations and talking to school-leavers about their study options.

They recommend exploring volunteering opportunities offered through UNSW to develop a portfolio of transferable skills.

"Becoming involved in campus activities helps students develop skills in communication, presentation, leadership, empathy and management," says Raj. "It's good to be all-rounded and not limited."

In 2011, UNSW launches the Advantage Program, a new initiative to assist students in gaining additional skills through more than 500 accredited co-curricular activities that can be officially recognised in a graduation statement.

For more information contact Student Recruitment on (02) 9385 1844.