I know it’s a bit too early for another post. I just released one yesterday. But I will be busy with a couple things in the next few weeks, hence I thought I’d upload the last post for this month in advance. This one’s about what makes an ‘ideal student’. Ofcourse, there is no such thing as an ideal student. University is all about trial and error. I have learnt a lot from my mistakes and that has made my learning experience at university even more rewarding. So here are a few of my tips. I am sure you’ll be aware of or are following most all of these, but here it goes:
a) Attend all your classes!
I know I know…a lot of you must be giving me the eye roll when I say this. Such a basic tip right? However, you’ll be surprised by how many university students miss out on their classes. It is important that you attend your lectures and seminars. You’ll be missing out on a lot of your course content if you remain absent for most of your classes. You can make up for missed lectures because most of the lecture slides are uploaded on Blackboard. However, missing your seminars can cause some serious damage. Seminars offer the valuable opportunity of engaging in in-depth discussions with your tutor and fellow students. You get to elaborate on what you learnt during your lectures and discuss your assigned readings for the week. Plus, it is easier to clear your doubts during seminars rather than lectures.
b) The front row
Speaking of lectures, try and make it a habit to sit somewhere in the front of your lecture theatre. I appreciate how daunting this can be but sometime during the end of your course you’ll realize how rewarding this habit has been. Sitting in the front simply helps you become more attentive and makes the task of note-taking a lot more easier. It is very easy to get distracted when you are sitting way up the lecture theatre.
c) Manage your time
Try to finish up your seminar reading over the weekend so you are free to do other things over the week. Remember when I almost missed the deadline for one of my assignments because I left it to the very last minute? Yeah, don’t ever do that. Try finishing it up to a day before the submission time so you have enough time on your hands to revise and make any necessary changes to your work. Time management is crucial.
Make a note of all your tutors’ email addresses as well as office hours. Unlike school, your tutors won’t always know your name or what you do. But these are the people who are genuinely interested in making your university experience rewarding and your life after university successful. Your academic tutors also serve as excellent referees when you apply for jobs later. Therefore, make yourself known. Communication is key. Go to them towards the end of the lectures and introduce yourself or discuss any doubts you may have regarding the module. You could also drop by during office hours or communicate over the exchange of emails. It would be nice to drop by an email over Christmas, Easter or any other special occasion.
e) Use those services
The university has so many excellent services for students. If you are struggling with writing academic essays, the David Wilson library provides so many workshops to help students out. Our award winning Career Development Service helps students polish their CV and prepare them through mock interviews and assessments.
f) Don’t be the dull boy
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! It is good to be ahead academically but it is also important to make time out for yourself to relax and enjoy. Join a few clubs and societies that interest you, volunteer, take up a part-time job, go out for a movie with a bunch of friends or go traveling. It is important to take some time out from work. University should be the time of your life.
I hope these helped a little bit if you are starting university soon or if you are already a part of university. If you have any more tips to share, please leave them in the comment section below!
Peace out! 🙂