I’ve often asked myself this question as I begrudgingly dragged myself out of bed and into the shower at seven o’clock in the morning so I could make it to university for a 9am start. What really winds me up is when I had a 9am tutorial. Early morning lectures I can deal with as in the large expanse of students in a lecture theatre, my bleary eyes and slow mind do not make much of an impression on the lecturer and would most likely go unnoticed. Tutorials on the other hand are in much smaller groups, so with 10 to 15 students in a room with a lecturer asking questions, it is not a good idea to go in with anything less than wide eyes and an eagerness to learn.
Don’t get me wrong though, I am all for the concept of tutorials where you get to ask questions of your own if you don’t understanding anything in the lectures or you just want to clarify some points that were made. The lecturers are really helpful as they put a great effort into explaining the work and helping you if you have any difficulties understanding it (a particular Physiology and Pharmacology lecturer comes to mind). I have found, especially this semester, that the tutorials have motivated me to continually go over my lectures which has been extremely beneficial and dare I say that it looks possible that I may successfully complete the exams and emerge from them in one piece!
4 responses to “What’s the point?”
Congratulations on your offer! The university offers alot of support to students who are searching for jobs in the form of CV clinics and interview help sessions. Currently, it is not possible to teach classes or take tutorials as this is carried out by lecturers themselves. However, I do know that phd students can help out at undergraduate practical sessions but am not certain if this is a paid or voluntary role.
There are other jobs available on the university campus such as working in the Students Union or you can also get a job in one of the nearby shops or restaurants. The city centre is also very close to the University of Leicester campus which is ideal if you get a job there. You may find our jobs page to be helpful: http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/careers/career/job-hunting/part-time-work
I cannot say for certain if the pay will be sufficient for your weekly expenses as this depends on the level of pay of your job and how much you spend in a week. I find though that the key to having enough money is good budgeting and money management. If however you do find yourself in financial difficulty whilst at university, the student welfare team are easily accessible and would readily help and advise you regarding your situation.
hai i got offer letter for phd in biology. i want to know if we are provided with any jobs while studying in the university like taking classes and tutorials and want to know if that pay will be sufficient for meeting weekly expenses.
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