How to Prepare for Term 2
Congratulations; you have survived your first term!
Hopefully everyone has taken some much needed time off over the Christmas holidays.
However, as we enter the new year, we are all undoubtedly feeling term 2 creeping up on us.
In my first year, I went into Term 2 expecting much of the same. In hindsight, I wish I had done a bit more preparation!
Here are my tips to get the most of out term 2.
Do your reading early
I know this might not be what you want to hear, having just done a term of what might be the most reading you have ever done in your life, but why throw that all away in term 2!
Take the end of Christmas to get slightly ahead on your workload; you know you will thank yourself in Week 7!
Contact your teachers
By now, you will have had some essays back, and you should be getting into the swing of your degree.
If you didn’t have the confidence to speak to your tutors in term 1, you should take the opportunity now!
Consolidate your Term 1 knowledge
Unlike some departments, the English Department tends to run 30 CATS modules, which means that they carry across terms.
Due to this, it’s important that you don’t abandon everything that you learnt in Term 1!
Whether this be looking over your notes or revisiting the texts or skimming some critical articles, it is important that you hold onto everything you put so much effort into in Term 1.
Throw yourself into your degree
Term 1 was turbulent for everyone this year.
Quite rightly, you might have felt like your degree was passing you by a little bit, as you tried to keep up with everything else going on around you.
This is okay!
However, it’s important to remember why you came to university, and not to let this get away from you.
Perhaps you will now be more settled, and because of this, you will feel more comfortable with your studies this year.
Overall, you should be looking forward to Term 2! The most important thing is to remain optimistic, and the rest will follow.