As I’m starting back at university tomorrow with my first drama workshop as a 3rd year (scary stuff) I thought my blog might be quite fitting by talking about getting back into the working mode after such a long summer break and Freshers week where life seemed like one long party! Hopefully this blog will give you some useful tips and motivate me to do the same!
I’m sure most of you are feeling rather sluggish after Freshers or for those of you still at school you probably found it hard getting up and doing some work after having so many lie-in’s over the summer holidays, but getting back into the swing of things as soon as possible is really important. Make sure you go to your lectures even if they are really early in the morning, because if you miss a lot of them you’ll struggle when it comes to exams and assignements as half of your notes will be missing. Also in some courses like mine, we have a continual assessment which marks you on effort and punctuality and so forth, so if you don’t turn up it’ll reduce your mark.
You’ll probably be having the question to your first assignment pretty soon so first thing to do is not to panic, because that’s what I did! I didn’t understand the question and thought immediately if I coudn’t do the first assignement there was no hope for me to pursue any futher in this course –WRONG. Just read the question over and over until you know all the requirements of the essay and what key factors you’re meant to put into the assignement. Then look over your notes in your lectures to see if you picked up any good points or quotes that is relevant to put into your assignement, and also have a look at the reading list your lecturers have given you so that you can go to the library and get a loadful of books out and look really intelligent (even though you probably won’t even open half of them!). Also make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to write the essay. DON’T LEAVE IT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE! This will result in you stressing out, rushing the essay, overloading in caffeine and probably ending up with a lower grade than what you should’ve had. I always start my essay a week before then you can dip into it throughout the week, giving you time to think about what you want to put in it and structuring it effectively.
Also if you are really struggling with your first assignment you could always contact the educational drop in centre; they can help structure your essay as well as help you with harvard referencing. As well as the educational drop in centre you could always email your lecturer for help as they will be only too happy to help with your first essay and will understand that it takes time to adjust to the difference between school learning and the independent learning of University.
I hope you all enjoyed Freshers week and got up to some fun stuff! Now that the work has started you will have to manage your time effectively, so just make sure that you squeeze as much study time as social time; because it’s all about balance. University is about getting your degree but it’s also about having some fun, joining clubs and meeting great people. As long as you manage to do all of these evenly you will succeed as a student at University!
Let me know how everything is going, any problems just drop me a comment! Hwyl am y tro, bye for now. Sian x