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How to prepare for a new academic year

Whilst we may associate last minute prep and stress with our first year of university, it’s also important to prepare between each academic year whilst we’re here. Here’s a few things to make sure you don’t forget about before the new year starts.

Sort out a budget

As we typically have to apply for our student loan in advance, you should have received notice from SFE of your expected maintenance loan for the upcoming academic year. Use this, and any other income you are expecting for the year, to make a rough weekly budget for yourself. This will help you to keep track of your spending and reduce the risk of having to use your overdraft or a credit card.

Get ahead on your reading

Your tutors should typically set some summer reading to incorporate into your break, but you should also look at the reading list provided for your upcoming year of studies. Whilst all of these books may not be directly referenced during your lectures, this will give you a head start on your wider reading and sources when it comes to essay writing, and eventually, your dissertation.

Be sociable

Whilst we’re unsure how social events will be effected this year, societies will still be running, even if it is in a socially distanced format. A common misconception is that after first year it’s too late to join a society. This definitely isn’t true, so don’t be afraid to try something new and out of your comfort zone. You’ll meet new people and may find a hobby you love!

Preparing for a new academic year is an exciting time, but it’s totally normal to feel daunted too. Planning and getting on top of your studies in advance should help you calm the nerves and delve into a new year with ease.

Please note: This content was created during the Coronavirus pandemic, and some things might be different due to current laws and restrictions. Please refer to Government advice and the University of Lincoln for the latest information.