Second Year Virtual English Student – A Week in the Life
Last academic year, I posted a Day in the Life of a First Year English Student. The circumstances for us all could not have changed more tremendously now!
As the academic year begins, here is what my first week back at University is shaping up to look like.
As the week begins, my Monday is conveniently very free. I have one pre-recorded lecture I have to access in the afternoon and make notes for Wednesday, but other than this, I do not have any seminars.
Due to this, I use Monday as a day to reply to emails and plan my reading for the week ahead. It also gives me a chance to look at upcoming essays. I know this may seem early, but you never want to be stuck in Week 5 with four hefty essays due!
My Tuesday is also a managable, but long day. At 10am I have a pre-recorded lecture. In order to get the most out of virtual learning, treating pre-recorded lectures like scheduled, in person lectures is really important. This means you don’t fall into the trap of not doing your lectures in time for your seminars. Schedule time in for these lectures and you will get the most out of them!
I also have my first Seminar on Tuesday at 5pm, finishing at 7pm. My Tuesday technically sounds like a very long day as 10am-7pm, but the large chunk of time in the middle gives me time to continue to read.
Wednesday is my busiest day! As you may be aware, unlike other degrees, the English department allows you to choose your seminar times. I find that I work best when I have a very busy day. Therefore, I have scheduled three seminars on this day; one from 10:00-12:00, one from 14:00-15:00, and one 16:00-18:00. On this day, I am more concerned with my seminars than reading.
Thursday and Friday
I have no lectures or seminars on Thursday and Friday. Some people would chose to break their Wednesday up, but I find this is what works for me! This allows me to take two days to focus on projects I am currently working on such as larger books and essays.
I also have a one-off personal tutor meeting on Thursday. These are monitoring points and therefore very important to attend! Particularly in such unprecedented times, it is important you speak to your personal tutor about anything you feel is relevant to your academic life.