Moving from A-Levels to University
First of all, you’ve got into University, congrats! The next chapter of your life is about to start and we can bet you are excited. However, it's important to realise there is a jump from A-Level to University teaching. Suddenly in University, you are a fully formed adult (according to lecturers) and you are in charge of your learning.
Here are a few things to know before starting Uni
- Know where your lectures and workshops are. No one will give you an in-depth map, you will probably get a campus map which will tell you the names of buildings. Try to find your rooms in freshers week, so that when lessons properly start you're not late, lecturers hate people who are late.
- You are expected to turn up prepared. If there is reading to do, something to print off or notes to have ready, make sure you do it. You may as well not go to that lesson if you aren’t prepared because you won’t be able to do the work.
- You have so much more freedom. Whatever you do between lessons is up to you, whether it's going to the library, having a nap or going to the pub. It’s totally up to you. The same goes for lessons, if you don’t turn up, the lecturers don’t really care. You’re still paying for Uni whether you go or not.
- You have to be very self-motivated. It’s your responsibility to take notes during lectures, print off lessons, do the reading, start that essay and complete wider reading.
- You have to become domesticated. A lot of students move out of home and into student halls when going to University. You will have to wash your clothes & bedding, cook your meals and basically keep yourself alive and healthy.
- You don’t get if you don't ask. If you don't understand something, you need to ask. Lecturers won’t check in on you to see if you're ok. Lecturers are super helpful, but they can’t read your mind, just ask for some help.
- Group work. Working in a group becomes normal and you will find yourself relying on other people. But be careful to choose your group members carefully, you tend to all get the same mark, even if the workload wasn’t so even.