Independent learning: academic reading

One of the biggest jumps between studying A Levels at school or college to a degree at university is the amount of independent learning that you are expected to do. Suddenly, you have more time outside of a classroom to figure out some of your learning for yourself – and it can be incredibly daunting….

How to plan an essay

We all want to do well when it comes to our uni work, and a bulk of those marks come from writing essays. They can be difficult, time-consuming and a lot of work, but all that becomes a lot easier when you plan it all out. This can help you get your thoughts in order,…

Moving from halls to the community

The transition of moving from university halls to a house or flat in the community is a very exciting prospect for most. While the en-suite bathrooms, on-site security and overall student atmosphere of halls can be perfect for your first year, there is something enticing about moving into a house in the community. For some…

Dissertation tips

Working on your dissertation can be a daunting experience, as it’s probably the largest piece of work you’ve done with more research needed, more self-discipline, and definitely more words. Third year, in general, can be a stressful time with keeping on top of every deadline, and the addition of a dissertation can cause a lot…

Reading list tips

Being at University, one thing you will undoubtedly need is books…and sometimes lots of them. Depending on your course, you might only need one key textbook or several. As an English student, I know the sinking feeling when you get the reading list and realise you’ll need to be shelling out at least £100. The…

What to ask in a house viewing

Chances are, you’ve probably never had to go on a house viewing, ask all the important questions, get all the details and then make the decision to live there. House hunting season comes around quickly at university, and as a fresher, it’s just a mere few months before you must decide who you’re living with…

Should I get a part-time job

Many students question whether they should look for a part-time job while they’re studying. While the possibility of having extra money seems like a no-brainer, there are other things to consider when choosing to work while at university or not. Here are a few things to get you thinking whether working is for you! Flexibility…

Starting a new course (again)

After going through the huge decision of changing courses at university and moving straight into the next year of a new course, I can tell you, it will trigger some nerves. It’s like going through the first year all over again and we all remember how nervous we were then… But, this time you’re not…

Switching courses

If you’ve made the decision that you really don’t enjoy your course and are considering switching – don’t panic. While most people do enjoy what they study, there’s still a good portion of us who change our minds and decide to switch. You’re entitled to your higher education and therefore, you’re completely entitled to change…

Deciding your course isn’t right for you

Starting university opens a new chapter of your life that you hope will be filled with excitement and new opportunities. After the long process of writing personal statements and choosing both your course and university, the fun should start when you finally move into halls, experience freshers’ week and embark on your chosen degree. It’s…

Battling Fresher’s Flu

The start of a new term will bring inevitable warnings about keeping good health and trying to persevere through a classic case of ‘Freshers Flu’. Cautions about alcohol consumption and stocking up on vitamin C will come thick and fast for new students especially, so here are a few tips to prevent and cope with…

Budgeting

There are lots of scary and exciting parts of coming to university, and the feelings of freedom and independence incorporate both emotions. A significant part this independence includes taking care of your own finances, and speaking from experience, most eighteen-year-olds haven’t had to budget much – especially in order to pay for rent and food…