Choosing modules

The further you get in your degree course for chemistry, the more flexibility you get with regards to choosing modules. This shouldn’t be a snap decision – it should be something that you seriously consider, as you will have not only have to study this module for months; but also sit and exam on it. I have recently had to choose my modules, and it was not a decision I took lightly, due to the implication choosing the wrong module could have on my grades.

There are a number of things you must consider before making a decision:

• The lecturer
• Personal interest
• Difficulty

It is important to establish who the module convenor is, as if you don’t get on with their style of teaching, you won’t fully engage with the lectures, and in years 2 and 3 of chemistry, surface knowledge is not enough to succeed.

Your interest is another important consideration, you have to be interested in the module to some degree or you won’t put in any effort or bother turning up to lectures. This semester I chose advanced physical chemistry, which many perceive to be one of the most difficult modules, however due to personal interest, it’s the right choice for me. There’s no point picking a module that you’re not interested in- as it probably won’t relate to your future career and may put you off chemistry for life.

Finally, difficulty is an extremely important consideration. Even if you love a module, if you find it really difficult and have scored badly in the past in similar modules, don’t pick it. It may affect how you perceive the whole degree, and also affect your overall grade. Second year counts 40% for BSc and third year counts 60%, so a bad result can potentially push you down into the next degree classification, making the work in third year even harder. Don’t pick a module just because your friends are in the lecture- at the end of the day you are at University to get a good degree, and when a couple of hours apart could mean the difference between graduating with a 2.1 and a 1st.

Good luck with your modules this semester!!


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Hello, my name is Katie and I am a final year Chemistry student (yes, can't quite believe it myself!) I will be blogging about what I get up to in the Chemistry department and how to balance workload with sport. When not in lectures, even though it does seem like we spend all our time in them... I'll be either in the gym/ out at Mosh/O2 spending money on countless VKs (obviously tropical/ orange as green VKs are horrid!) I am also both dyslexic and dyspraxic, so will give an insight on what it's like and what you can do if you too have been diagnosed with a specific "learning difficulty" of similar nature.

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