UNI TIPS & ADVIDE: The Course

Saturday, August 27, 2016



I am studying fashion journalism at Southampton Solent university. This post is going to be based generally around all different types of courses and on a whole what it is like to be a uni student. But if you would like to read specifically about my course, take a look at this post.

When you came to looking at courses you should have researched into it as much as you can hopefully choosing the best course for you that you will enjoy and possibly pursue a career in it or related to it. But obviously that isn't always the case and thats not to worry. If you love your course then thats great you must have done the right thing but there are definitely times where it is challenging studying for a degree. Maybe, you aren't enjoying it so much and its not what you expected then don't worry in the first couple of weeks there is a chance for you to move courses. I know a few people at the start of the year on my course swapped or decided to stick it out for the year and start first year again with a new course.

The first week of attending uni is probably the most important because it is where everything is introduced to you. It is also the hardest to attend as you are probably going out most nights turning up very tired and hungover. But do go as this is where you will meet your lecturers, learn how to reference (do remember this), get your briefs and use the library and other resources for the first time.

Now in terms of the work, first year doesn't actually count so you can probably get away with having a bit more fun, skipping a few more lectures than you would in second. third year. Although, that still doesn't mean you shouldn't work hard, you chose to study for a degree so at the end of the day you must want a good grade. It is important to go to lecturers, seminars and tutorials as that is where you will get all your information for assignments. If you are ill (or extremely hungover) then its fine to miss some as most universities put all the information up online so you wont fall behind. It's not like school, college or sixth form you have to be an independent learner and fend for yourself most of the time even though your lecturers are there for guidance when you need them.

Finally, with assignments it is important that you really understand your brief as that is what your lecturer wants you to produce and be graded on. So once you have gone through it in your first lecture of that module when you get back maybe just jot down the main points of it. With some of my assignments I had to produce a portfolio consisting of lots of different research aspects and final pieces so I bullet pointed everything that had to be included. That way when it came to doing the work I could tick it off as I go. It is also a good idea to get a diary or wall planner so you can write down when your assignments are due so that you aren't late as no one really wants to be capped at 40%. Also, with a diary you can plan what you are doing outside of uni so then you know when to schedule time to do your work in. My course did not have exams but I know lots do. So why not have a look when they are and write those down too so you know when to revise and what for. If I did have exams on my course closer to exam period I would create a revision timetable for the exam season that way I can dedicate time for each module.

I hope you enjoyed my course tips, tomorrows post is all about money!


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