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3 October 2018

Starting your first week of lectures

Student Life

Starting out as a university student is really exciting, but it can also be intimidating.

However, as long as you follow one or two simple rules, you’re not going to go too far wrong. Some of the main ones are shown below.

Attend lectures

The work-load at university can be much more demanding than school, and requires a lot of effort if you want to achieve a top grade. So, making sure you attend every lecture and seminar is vital. Remember that you’re no longer a school kid, and you are responsible to manage your time and attend your classes. You deserve that top grade, and it really is up to you.

Explore your campus

Many students make the mistake of not bothering to do this. Edgehill has some fantastic resources and facilities. Have a look at what’s on offer, see what interests you, and join up. The thought of extra curriculum activities may seem overwhelming at first, but it’s actually a great aspect of university life. Everybody needs to “let off steam” now and again, and this can be a welcome diversion after a busy day of lectures.

Be social

More introverted students may find this difficult, but it can be very easy to isolate yourself in an unfamiliar environment. Simply going out with your flat mates – make sure you accept lots of invites. Get to know those you are studying with as well – it helps when those joint assignments come round.

Ask for feedback

Students often forget or don’t bother to ask for help. Although you’re meant to be independent in higher education, that doesn’t mean your tutors cannot help. So if you’re stuck on what to write, or you’re just generally confused, don’t be afraid to ask.

Preparation

Preparation for lectures is the key to a successful degree. Being well-prepared will help you contribute, and help you avoid feeling lost and overwhelmed. This includes knowing exactly where and when your lectures will be. Check your university email account regularly, and certainly in advance of lectures. Emails can be used to let you know about any additional preparation, as well as to notify you of room changes, rescheduling and cancellations. Always complete preliminary reading for your lectures beforehand, and you’ll feel far more confident when discussing ideas and theories.

Plan ahead

Once freshers’ week has passed, and you’ve handed in your first few assignments, it can be easy to become complacent. It’s never too soon to start thinking about employment, and the type of employer you would like to work for. Edgehill will be pleased to advise accordingly.

Manage your money

Whilst this isn’t part of lectures or lecture preparation, it really is important. The last thing you want, is for money worries to divert your thoughts away from important lectures. Learn to budget weekly – simply a case of dividing up your monthly (or annual) income accordingly. Then stick to that budget, and focus on buying only the absolute essentials. If you manage to accumulate a surplus, then that’s fantastic. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself every now again if you have the money. You deserve it!

Finally, remember to have fun at university. You’re only at university once and you want to make the most of it. Once you’re confident that you’re putting in the effort to achieve your goals, and you’re on top of all your work, you can afford to let your hair down. And, you absolutely should!

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By Hannah Wright

Hi my name is Hannah Wright I am 22 about to go into my third year studying marketing with digital communications at Edge Hill University! I have a real weakness for shopping so In my spare time I’d either be in shops or on my laptop shopping online! I hope my blog post will be helpful and if you have a particular topic you’d like to know about please done hesitate to get in touch!

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