Hope you have all been having a great February, how is it almost the end of the month already?!
An important change from college to university is the implementation of reading weeks.
If you know people who already go to uni you’ve probably heard about these by now, but if not never fear! Hopefully this blog will serve to enlighten you a little more.
Reading weeks can vary depending on your course and module choices. Most courses do have one though, since independent studying is such a huge part of university studies.
As a literature student reading weeks are always busy times. Although they occasionally fall at the same time as half terms, I would advise that you use this time to actually get some reading done!
You’ve probably been working hard, and you do deserve a break. Never overwork yourself! But reading weeks are a great time to work on any work for the next part of the semester.
If you’ve got a few big assignments coming up, or you haven’t opened that book you took out of the library three weeks ago there is no time like reading week.
Basically when reading week comes around there are no lectures, seminars or workshops for the week. Some teachers will still be around during teaching time, especially if there are assignments due after reading week. Again this is something that varies depending on your course and its assessment.
Although it can be tempting to use the time to catch up on your sleep, and relax from all the work you’ve done in the first half of the semester, reading weeks are invaluable.
My number one tip is to use them wisely! There is nothing worse than being the one student in the seminar who didn’t do the reading and now has no idea what people are talking about.
Independent studying is a huge responsibility. Although it can be a little hard to adapt to, it’s definitely possible!
All it takes is a bit of hard work and determination.
And trust me, there is nothing more rewarding than being able to cross that last thing of your reading list, and actually being able to answer a question your tutor asks the first week back.
Work smart, and start reaping the rewards!
Quote for the day: “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” Horseradish –Lemony Snicket
Have a great week, and don’t forget to read, read, read!
Until next time 🙂