Hope you are all having another good week, the sun has finally come out today so I’m enjoying the sunshine.
I know this week means Results Day for a lot of you, so again good luck!
Once you’ve got your results and your confirmed university place you’ll be eager to know what’s in-store for you once you start your degree.
One of the major differences between college and university will be the amount of time you spend being taught and the amount of independent study you’re expected to do.
The time you spend in lessons at college or sixth form can entirely depend on which college you attended. When I was at college I was in classes for 18 hours each week, and it was recommended that we did around 9 hours independent study per week.
In my first year of uni I took three modules, and had 4 hours contact time per module (that’s just a fancy way of saying the time you spend being taught.) That time was split up each week into a lecture, a lecture workshop and then a two hour seminar.
Although the contact time can vary between different courses and modules, it’s likely your timetable will consist of an equal balance between lectures and seminars. That means that each week you get given an opening lecture to introduce a topic and later in the week will have a seminar to discuss ideas and delve a little deeper.
The main reason why a university timetable has so little contact time is to allow you to do the research you need for seminars and assignments. As there is a lot more freedom with university assignments than anything you’ve ever done before the library will probably become your best friend in the lead up to submission dates.
The main piece of advice I can give is to not waste the time you have outside of lectures and seminars.
The best way to do that is to maintain a balance between classes, your part-time job (if you have one), your social life, independent study and your free time.
Make sure to put in the time to get the best results you can, but don’t overwork yourself and make sure you go out and enjoy yourself every once in a while! You’ll have deserved it.
Quote for the day: “A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.” -Shelby Foote.
Hope you all have a fantastic week and to those awaiting results don’t worry, I am sure you will do amazingly!