The transition from A Levels to University studying can be a bit daunting. The whole system of lectures and seminars can feel very unfamiliar and alien to you at first, but you’ll slowly ease into this new way of studying independently and you may even come to love it!
One of the most important things that you need to get used to very quickly is dealing with your own work load independently. There is no longer a teacher nagging at you constantly to get that piece of coursework in, it’s all down to you! So, here are a few top tips on how to manage your work load to make sure you don’t fall behind!
These are so important. If you miss the deadline for any of your assignments, you’re going to get yourself in quite a sticky situation. Most pieces of coursework are to be submitted online through Faser (but check with your department). Make yourself familiar with this website because you will probably be using it quite a lot over the next few years and it’s going to make your life a lot easier if you know exactly how to use it when deadlines are looming! Departments are so strict on getting work submitted on time, so unless you have extenuating circumstances, make sure you’ve submitted your work in plenty of time. Don’t leave it to the last minute!
For most courses, there will be reading or similar tasks for each of your lectures. Lecturers and class teachers will expect you to have these tasks done before your lecture, so you have a bit of background knowledge for the lecture topic. Make sure you try your best to get most of this done, as it will make things much easier when discussions start in classes. You don’t want to be the only one sitting in the class who has no idea what the teacher is talking about! Also, you’ll find yourself falling behind if you don’t keep on top of it.
Even though you’ll have quite a small timetable, with not much set contact time with lectures and classes, you should still be doing your own studying outside of these timetabled hours. Make sure you set time aside for each module that you’re studying and do some reading or preparation for your lectures. This will help you out a lot when coursework deadlines come around, as you will already have quite a bit of work done instead of having to start from scratch.
I hope these little tips will help you out throughout the next few years! 🙂