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Some advice for the new Early Childhood students

On Saturday I went to the Early Childhood Induction day, to take part (or so I thought!) in a Q&A session. When I got there, I found out that I was giving a talk on ‘my thoughts on the degree’ and answering questions! So, totally unprepared, I spoke about my views on the course, to the 40+ students. After the Q&A session, I sat listening to the presenters, for a little while, and I started to think about my own Induction, and how I felt, as a new student. It’s easy, as a member of staff or a student who has been at the university for a couple of years, to forget how daunting it is for a new student. You’re literally, stepping into the unknown. As a student entering her 3rd year, I know university life isn’t that bad, assignment writing gets easier, the campus gets easier to navigate, and, the Foundation Degree is achievable. However, I didn’t know all of that in those very first days and weeks, and maybe even months! So, that gave me the idea for this blog. I thought I’d put myself in the shoes of the new Early Childhood students and think about what might be useful for you to know in the early days of the course. So, here you go….

Facebook group – set up a Facebook group for your class. It’s a great way for everyone to come together, ask questions, and discuss things. One of my classmates set one up, in our first year, and it’s been such a great way to communicate outside of the classroom

Workshops – if you have the time, sign up to some of the free workshops on offer, at Warwick. Since I started at Warwick, I have attended a number of IT and personal development workshops each year, and I think they’re great

Academic writing – before I started at Warwick, I don’t think I really had any idea of what academic writing was. I would definitely say, to all new students, don’t panic about academic writing. I’m going into my 3rd year, this year, and I’m still learning about and developing my academic writing skills. The foundation degree supports your learning and the tutors are always there for advice. Also, I would suggest doing an academic writing workshop. I have found the workshops very useful. There is more information about academic writing and the support that is available, on the Warwick website: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/skills/academicwriting

Be kind and supportive to one another – this is an important one. You can take this journey alone, but it’s a lot easier if you have the support of your fellow classmates. You’re all taking this journey together, so support each other; talk to each other. You will grow more, and have a more enjoyable student experience, if you gel as a group

Tutors – make the most of your tutors. Talk to them, ask for their help, submit draft assignments (to get some feedback). Your tutors are there to help you, so make the most of their knowledge and support

IT support – there are ‘digital skills mentors’ (DSMs) available to support you with any IT issues. DSMs can provide support by email or face-to-face. If you require the support of a DSM, you can email the CLL eLearning Manager Jim Judges, for more information

Interactive campus map – Warwick campus is big, and in the early days, it can be a little daunting trying to navigate your way around it. So, the interactive campus map is a must! You can access the map via the following link: https://warwick.ac.uk/about/visiting/maps/interactive

This blog probably doesn’t answer all of your questions; however, I do hope that it’s a good starting point. Mainly, my advice would be, don’t put too much pressure on yourself in your first year, try and be organised (that does make student life easier!), take advantage of the free support that is available to you, and most of all, enjoy this experience, and take all you can from it. Have a great 1st year! 🙂

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