Top tips for learning at University

Top tips for learning at University

So even though it’s very structured it
doesn’t feel as structured, lecturers aren’t constantly looking over your
shoulder so you’re very much relying on the other people in the lab to kind of
get the work done, you just have the instructions but you’re there to try and
sometimes fail, in a safe way. If you mess up I think the first thing to
realise is that it’s okay to get it wrong. Actually in some cases they are
expecting you to get it wrong but the most important thing is to stick up your
hand and ask for help when it is going wrong, and the lab technicians or your
lecturers or the teaching fellows who are in the lab are more than happy to
help you and get you on track if necessary.

Best thing you can do when it
comes to working in a group, especially for coursework, is to actually get to
know the people that you’re working with if it’s not someone that you already
know in your course, maybe it’s even just finding out what their strengths are
or even just common interests, just to see how it can work best for our
coursework, so if you have to delegate any kind of roles within the task then
it’s good that the person who knows what they’re doing is the best person doing
the job.

Group presentations is something that everyone’s scared about and usually
their first time so it’s important to know you’re not the only one in that
position and everyone’s always a bit nervous. My top tips are to practice with
your group before the real presentation take some time out, schedule some time,
practice, run-through in the mirror, run-through with your classmates. Often
some lecturers will breakdown your class into smaller groups so you’re
not presenting to the whole 150 people in your cohort and that takes away
some of the anxiety around presentations. And also if you need support you can
talk to a peer assisted learning if they’re available in your department. In
my department we had a personal tutor and a personal tutor group they are
like your mini family, if you always needed a base of support
those were going to be the people from both an academic and non-academic point
of view within your departmental learning community that you could speak
to. And then in first year every two to three weeks we would have tutorials
where sometimes we would learn about referencing as a group and break down
tasks that we would need to do further in the year and tutorials were all about
developing our skills.

One of the big differences I think is that lecturers
have much more in-depth knowledge on the thing they are
teaching, so you can tell through their passion for their subject which I
think is really important and makes you really engage into the content
you’re about to learn.

So at uni you could be assessed in a variety of ways
we have everything from exams, essays, presentations, making YouTube videos,
giving online presentations, so you can get assessed in so many ways, one of my
favourites is practical exams, whether that’s being in a lab and pipetting
things. So many new ways.

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