Finally, 12 years of school comes to an end and most students look forward to university, this transition is one of the biggest students will ever make. It is important to know what to expect. For most it is a new freedom that comes with leaving home for the first times.
As a young adult those first few weeks at university could be extremely busy and even challenging as new learning styles need to be adapted too and although everyone looks forward to independent study, but at first it takes getting used to and new students already have a full plate of activities plus university is massively different from school.
Independent learning at university means that the professors giving the lecture’s main focus is to provide students with skill and a framework, while back in school teachers ensured that work was completed and kept an eye on attendance, progress and just about everything else. At university students are treated like adults and no one tells them what to do.
There are many adjustments, especially in the first few weeks and as a student, you get to set your own work consistency and targets to keep up with the pace and what is most challenging is finding the balance between living and studying.
The new teaching styles might at first be a fantastic experience although it is quite something to adapt too and many universities offer student support to assist new combers to adjust. Professors only provide classes with the basis of subjects and its independent study that is the most important. There is a major difference between school classrooms and lecture rooms in the amount of time receiving face to face tutorial, which needs getting used to.
For example, students enrolling in humanities or arts degrees, in general, spends 12 hours a week in class and science and engineering students can expect less than 20 hours per week, leaving enough time for life outside of the classroom, but should be carefully divided between study time and fun time. Students who is successful are those who quickly recognize that the academic part requires time invested in preparation, work in labs and research.
Speaking to graduates they almost all have sympathy with new students and remember the hours of lectures and essays or projects for each course and worst of all none was compulsory. With the amount of distractions and the new freedom to be in control of your own destiny, this could be more than just a little challenging.
The best advice for first-year university students is to keep their eye on their goal, focus on the reason why the attending university and constantly focus on what they there to achieve. Set down time or study time is required and only the student can stick to it as there is no one who is checking up on them and sadly those who can’t stick to these basics are part of the large group that ends up, giving up within or after the first year. But with proper focus and knowing what to expect a bright future awaits indeed.