How is University different to going to college/sixthform? Well, there are quite a lot of differences and I’m sure most university students will tell you that it’s 100x better.
I’m really glad that I made the decision to come to university, particularly because I wasn’t really a fan of A-Levels and I found it really hard to study. But university is very different in a lot of ways which I’ve listed below:
- Exams & coursework: in A-level study, there is a lot more focus on exams (for 2 sciences and maths I had no coursework), which personally doesn’t suit me. The difference at university is that it can vary a lot and you can choose your course accordingly i.e. some may be all exam, or all coursework. Or, it may be a mixture of the two like with Biomedical Science at the University of Essex. Also, there’s no set exam board like at A-Level, so the questions aren’t “random”; your lecturer writes the questions, so will ensure it’s on something you have been taught during lectures.
- Independence: This is perhaps the largest difference in comparison to A-levels. You have (almost) complete independence and it’s entirely up to you to hand in coursework on time and attend exams, as well as looking after yourself. I personally enjoy the independence of self study, as I can fit it around my life (if I want to study at 1 am in the library, I can!)
- Classes: Instead of being trapped in a classroom, university study is varied. There are various types of “class” such as: lectures (very large room where lecturer talks, with usually no student feedback/questions), seminars (more like a classroom, where students interact with lecturers), tutorials (where you meet with your academic tutor to discuss how things are going with the course) and laboratories (the type varies depending on your course).
- Size: In comparison to college and sixthform, there are thousands more people at university, as well as lots more space around the campus. This gives a very different sense of community and atmosphere.
- Extracurricular: At university, there are tonnes more things to do outside of studying, such as volunteering, working and joining various societies and sports clubs.
So, those are just a few of the reasons why I prefer university to attending sixthform! Oh and I forgot to mention…you get a degree at the end of it, making you much more employable and likely to get paid more over your working life! Hope you found the post useful 🙂