Going from a sixth form or college setting to a huge University campus can naturally, feel daunting. But, it is a still change all students go through and something yourself, your housemates and your course mates will all be going through at the same time. Once you have adjusted to a new way of learning it won’t be long before you are in the swing of independent learning and producing work at University level.
To get you started I have written a few tips which should make the switch from A-Levels to a degree that bit easier.
It’s time to be an adult!
Situated on the Ground Floor of the SU is Blackwells. Who are stocked with course bundles and special deals. You can also sell your books back to them when you have finished.
Check out your local charity shop - I bought all of mine in the Oxfam bookshop for a quid each!
Look online for secondhand books.
Condense your notes after lecturers
It’s easy to write pages upon pages of notes then get overwhelmed by it all, so just take a few minutes after the lecture to condense them a bit and get rid of any you don’t need.
Last but not least if you’re on a popular module, get to lectures 5 minutes early so you get a decent seat.
It’s normal to be nervous, but seminars are usually very small groups and once you start participating you’ll realise everyone is in the same boat, get the discussion going and you’ll find doing your assignments so much easier
Make use of the university
Chat to your personal tutor
Less contact hours
April Armstrong-Taylor - Second Year English Literature Student
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