First year study guide

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Being a fresher may be one of the most exciting things in life and starting university means fun, friends, parties but above all, personal development. So, though you might want to lose yourself a bit in your first year like everyone does, you will also discover yourself through your education. We wanted to provide you with a guide that will help you understand some key points to study in your first year.

By: Ruya Yonak

 

1 – Always attend lectures. You’ll always have Moodle to help you out on missing points but engaging with your professors and asking them questions is the only way to understand a subject.

2 – Definitely learn to use Moodle. So many things will be put there, from important dates to essay questions, readings and more.

3 – Do your readings. You might think a reading is boring but only if you haven’t been to its lecture. Remember, you are improving yourself and your knowledge. Don’t turn your back on new things, you might well find new interests.

4 – If you don’t like the reading you’re given, try researching online or even go to the library to learn more about the subject. You’ll get higher notes on your essays if you use different sources from the ones your professor gave you in class.

5 – Essays. They are very important. (Duh!) Never. ever. postpone or you will come up with a last-minute essay that your professors will probably know you didn’t really work on.

6 – Learn how to do Harvard referencing. You will be expected to know how it’s done. You can use the “my learning” tab on the portal to go to study skill workshop, where you can find guides on how to write your essays properly.

7 – Manage your time. Most people either party a lot, stay up late, wake up late, but never do anything productive. It is expected but sometimes you need to work and discover new things.

8 – Be in a study group. You’ll see that discussing ideas on a topic is the best way to formulate your arguments and to find answers to your questions or even to come up with new ones.

9 – If you have a technical course, make sure you use the university’s resources to improve your skills. They are free and open for students.

10 – If you are having difficulties on a subject, first talk to your professor and ask for advice from your tutor. Remember, everyone’s here to help you.