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Preparing For Your First Term of Lectures and Seminars

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Dom Thornton | Film Studies Contact Dom
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So Welcome Week is winding down (as I say, nothing lasts forever), and the first moments of academia are about to begin at the University of Warwick. I know it can seem daunting, and I’m sure Welcome Week is something that you wish could continue for the rest of your time at Warwick, but that degree won’t complete itself. Not to worry, as I’m here with this blog post to give my tips on how to prepare, and make the most of, the upcoming lectures and seminars. As always, this is my own experience from the perspective of a Film Studies student – your experience may differ. Now the typical paperwork is out of the way, lets crack on…

Don’t Panic

Probably rule number one for any and all situations. Panicking rarely, if ever, helps and can often make things worse. If you’re ever concerned about your work or unsure about something, talk to your lecturers or your personal tutor, all of whom would be more than happy to have a chat and help out. Whatever you do though, don’t panic

Complete the Necessary Reading and Lectures

This year, the university schedule is looking rather different from my previous experiences. Of course, in first year – a long time ago when no one knew what a COVID was –  all my teaching (lectures, screenings, seminars) was in person. In second year, everything moved online. This year, however, my lectures and screenings are online, but my seminars are in person. Therefore, I’d say the best thing to do is to make sure you’ve watched the lectures and completed the reading before turning up at seminars. I understand the workload can appear steep and unnerving at first, I certainly felt that way, but it will become second nature in no time. Personally, I set up my own schedule of when to do which modules work, which helped get me into a routine and made sure my work was completed. I must stress though, that you do not worry if you are unable to complete all the work – my lecturers have been very understanding of workload and time, and are more than happy to help you if you’re unsure of something

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Now I know this one probably doesn’t sound too cool or whatever, and it may just be my age coming through (trust me, you’ll feel it by the time you’re in third year), but a good night’s sleep is really helpful in making sure you’re fresh and awake during the first seminars. As term goes on, a sleeping pattern will almost definitely emerge, and knowing your own personal amount of necessary sleep will probably become clear, so starting with a good night’s sleep is a great way to begin your academic time at Warwick – you’ll figure the rest out as you go along…

Have Fun and Enjoy Yourself

Welcome Week may be over once term officially begins, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops, and nor should it. “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”… is a quote from a popular film, and in a twisted, appropriated way, it applies here. Remember to go out, meet up with friends, go to society events. Your time here will fly by, all too quickly. So make the most out of it. Have a little fun, it’s the one thing you’ll remember years down the line…

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Dom Thornton | Film Studies Contact Dom
When i'm not studying film as part of my degree,…
Find out more about me Contact Dom

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