As Christmas has finished and 2013 is nearly over, it signifies the end of the first term and the beginning of an important period in the university calendar year. January sees the first exam period of the year, which sees students’ busy working away either side of the New Year.
As a BA Criminology student, the end of the first term is also busy. Early December sees the submission of 2,500 word essays in year 1 and 4,000 in year 2 and 3. This does differ from other courses and other universities, as often January is the period when essays and coursework is in. I have grown used to this, and in my opinion this is good, as it means that over the Christmas period reading and note taking is done instead of writing academic work. Exams in Criminology tend to be made up of writing 2-3 essays in the allotted time on a variety of areas within the module. This differs from the essays, where you are allowed to pick a question from a choice of 5 or 6. The exam therefore requires you to have a broad knowledge of the topic and will require some wider reading. The University provide you with an exam timetable in early December which is very helpful as it gives you lots of notice to work out your time and when to come back to Leicester.
At the end of the exam period, there is the “Refreshers Festival” which enables you to top up on your Freebies, posters and student vouchers and also have some fun cheap nights out thrown in! (See the facebook page for more information, https://www.facebook.com/officialleicesterunirefreshers )
If you have any questions or queries feel free to ask!
A belated Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!