Having almost completed my first academic year at University, I thought I would give you all a quick insight into the step up from school or college to university, and a few tips.
When I first arrived, I was more focused on making friends rather than work, however after fresher’s week I began to notice the education side too. To start with, I felt like I had been plunged in the deep end and began to panic at my lack of understanding. Don’t worry though – everyone experiences this to begin with but I’m comfortable with my studies now and might even risk that saying I enjoy it! Much of getting used to it was down to my tutorial sessions where the lectures are happy to chat anything over that you don’t understand and have a good laugh in the process.
Once you’re settled it’s definitely worth making sure you’re not forgetting your studies! Below are a few tips to keep everything in check.
- Always take a pen, notepad, to lectures, and make regular notes! It really pays off!
- Every weekend, use one hour where you can write up your notes from lectures into neat revision sheets. It’s really useful for revision!
- If there’s a word or phrase you don’t understand in the lecture, write it down and look it up when you get home, and add it to your notes. It reduces that panicky feeling of not understanding anything!
If any of you want to discuss what your first year is like at university then feel free to get in touch and ask!:)