Top 5 Tips on How to Transition into University Study
Hello everyone! Here are my tips to help ensure that you start your university studies off on the right track!
1) Make sure you do any set readings and participate in seminars
There is nothing worse than turning up to a seminar and having to discuss a set of readings that you haven’t read. Even worse is getting picked on by the tutor to answer a question that you have no idea how to answer. Try to get into the habit of sharing your ideas and speaking out. Many freshers often struggle with this to begin with as it’s all a new experience with new people but long silences get awkward very quickly, making seminars drag.
2) Talk to as many people on your course (and generally) as possible
Get talking to all your coursemates as you will be able to ask each other for help or reassurance if you get stuck and you will be spending the next three years alongside them so it’s good to be friends with everyone! It’s also helpful to talk to older students and your tutors so that you can get an idea of what to expect and the things that you should be doing to make your life easier.
3) Learn how to take notes effectively and find the right approach for you
It is easy to get sucked in to trying to write everything down in a lecture or seminar but it is simply an impossible task. You have to learn how to study and revise in a way that is manageable and works for you and every student seems to have a slightly different approach to this so there is no right or wrong answer.
4) Learn time management skills
It can be very easy to leave everything to the last minute when you are now in charge of your own time and studies but this will cause you a lot of stress and will probably negatively affect your grades. Try to get things done in advance and while you are not busy as you can soon find yourself with no time or with too many commitments if you leave things too late. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your lectures and seminars so that you don’t end up late or missing too much.
5) Manage your expectations
Expect not to do as well as you may be used to in your first year and be ok with it. You are in a completely different environment among the most elite in your field of study and if you have never studied the subject before you can’t expect to be brilliant straight away. There is so much to learn in your first year so give yourself the chance and the time to learn it before you try to get firsts in everything.
Thanks for reading!