Don’t be afraid to ask questions or for help!
Throughout my three years of undergraduate study at Warwick University, one of the most important things I have learned is to always ask questions if you are unsure about anything and to have the courage to ask for help when you need it; whether you need help with your studies, mental health or anything in between.
Entering into an environment where you are constantly surrounded by extremely knowledgeable tutors and students can be very daunting and intimidating and it can take time to build your confidence and self-esteem, but in order to progress you should take advantage of any opportunities you can to get involved and learn more. The fact is that we need to rely on the knowledge of others around us to pass along information and assist in broadening our horizons, that’s the whole point of going to university. A lot of people are hesitant to ask questions because of the fear of looking stupid and admitting that they haven’t understood something the first time around but the truth is that there are no stupid questions except the ones that never get asked.
In certain situations, such as being in seminars, your questions and contributions will not only benefit you, but also everyone else in the room, as others may also be curious about something that they don’t have the courage to ask about or say. In addition to this, questions and challenges to ideas stimulate discussion, which is integral to a degree such as History of Art and there aren’t necessarily any wrong answers as long as you can support your thinking with evidence, which will help your critical analysis and thinking skills. I speak from personal experience when I say that one of the worst situations to be in at university is sat in a seminar in which none of the students speak or contribute opinions, and it is likely that your tutors and fellow students will respect and value you more if you speak up than if you stay silent, whether you’re right or wrong.
Tutors want all of their students to do well and to enjoy the content of their courses and it is their job to make the process of learning the content as smooth, interesting and accurate as they can, so get into the habit of asking questions when you are unsure about something or you need help to understand anything. You are paying tuition fees in order to learn more about your degree topic so make the most of the contact time with your tutors in lectures and seminars as they are often happy to help you whenever they can. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to schedule meetings with your tutors to discuss ideas about your essays and other assignments as well as for clarification about any feedback you may have received so that you can set yourself up for success in the future.
So please, don’t be afraid or intimidated by university, take the opportunity to learn, contribute and challenge ideas about you’re degree while you still can!
Thanks for reading!Kristie