Last weekend I bumped into a second year student, who had just selected her modules for third year; she told me how anxious she felt and was already questioning her decisions, which was something I related to, as it was exactly how I felt this time last year. Although having more freedom in your second but especially your final year feels great, and you can really shape what you’re learning and ultimately specializing in, however this decision can also feel incredibly daunting and you’re really not sure what to do for the best.
So I thought I’d make a quick list a things to consider, which will hopefully make your choice a little easier!
I would of course not suggest choosing your module on purely the title alone, as you’re given a short description of what the module contains, as well as other pieces of important information, but the title may help you disregard some definite nos. For example if the title mentions a film genre you do not like, chances are that module isn’t for you.
This was probably one of the most crucial factors for me. Although the department has now pretty much phased out exams, when I was selecting my modules anything that required me to take an exam was struck off my list; your final year especially really can impact your final results, so being assessed in a way in which you feel confident is something you should think about.
3.Who Is Running the Module?
Through your first year in particular you’ll be taught by most if not all of the lecturers in the film department, and will have a good idea of how they teach, as well as their style; for example, do they focus on historical context or do more intertextual analysis of a particular source? Think about what sort of style you enjoy; this could really help you out in the mid-term slog, when you’re not feeling quite as motivated as you started out.
You’re told who is running the module, so why not use this to your advantage and get in touch if you’re feeling unsure about a particular module, and want a bit more information. The staff in the film department truly do want you to succeed and will be more than willing to answer any of your burning questions; they want you to make an informed choice.
You may have made a choice but this doesn’t mean this is absolutely set in stone. If you start the module and really think it’s not for you the department will do their best to give you some alternative options! Do not feel like you can’t reach out; it is okay to say something isn’t what you thought it would be. equally if you don’t get your first choice of module (spaces fill up on a first come first serve basis) this in no way means that you will not enjoy what you take instead; stay positive and go into your classes with an open mind.
Take Care Everyone, I’ll Speak to You All Soon!