My final sentiments before you start studying Stats at Warwick
It’s coming to the end of the long summer and now the count down to university is getting serious! If this is your first term at university you might be feeling excited but maybe a little nervous. I remember starting like it was yesterday.
Here are some things to remember if you are starting a Stats course this coming year.
There will probably be no register
At university your lectures will be a far cry from the teaching you are used to in school. Although there may be registers for seminars there may not be for lectures. This means that it is down to you to keep up with the lecture material, there are no teachers chasing you up. This works well because you can pace your work out but don’t get complacent. Set a schedule and be strict with yourself, you’ll thank yourself when it comes to exam season.
Assignments are different to homework
Stats assignments are usually given out weekly or fortnightly depending on the module and can take some getting used to. I would definitely recommend starting on the assignments early. Assignments require a lot of thinking, I usually mull and sleep on questions for a good 3 days before I start making good progress.
Make sure you use all the resources provided to you including lecture notes, additional problem sheets and the recommended reading list. The weight given to assignments vary but can be as small as 5% of a module mark. However, these small percentages add up and can be a good indication of the kind of questions on the exam so show them some love.
Interact with your lecturers
No one knows a module better than the lecturer teaching it. They know the material, assignments and final exam so make sure you really listen to them during your lectures and seminars. If you are confused on some part of the material send them an email, they are always more than happy to help. It might feel a little intimidating to ask a question but I have always been impressed with their responses.
Set time aside to do things other than stats
It’s so important to balance your time at university between work and play. I found that having fun things to look forward to really motivated me as I worked. It’s healthy to explore the other parts of university, including the sports clubs and societies. You should make sure that you take advantage of this social side.
Get the most out of your cohort
No one can relate to your degree more than your course mates. In first year you will probably share a lot of lectures together and that means that you can start building your course network. I found course mates really important, they are working alongside you and so can offer advice, support and even a good chat. Don’t be scared to sit next to new people in lectures or seminars, and try joining your degree’s society (such as Warwick Statistics Society) to meet with likeminded people. You might be able to form study groups, support each other with material and become some of your best friends at university too.
Good luck to all those starting at Warwick this year!