Deciding on the right university for you can be a big and challenging decision. There are many things that need to be taken into account, such as price, accommodation, distance, popular opinion of the quality of the courses, which universities offer your desired course … the list goes on and on.
I have recently signed myself up for another year at university. I had to fill out a bunch of forms online, confirm my details and then after all of that I was asked to complete a Google form just to REALLY make sure it was me! And it got me thinking about how unnecessarily complicated university-student communication is nowadays.
Most people think of the summer as a time to relax and take a step back from the studies. However I feel it is important to take the time to do some reading during the holidays, whether that reading is to prepare yourself for the following year, to learn about certain topics that interest you, unrelated to your studies, or even if it’s just reading for leisure.
Many a time have I turned up at class, without having read the handouts previously and expect to learn everything I need within the one hour lecture. But unfortunately it hardly ever works out this easy! Preparing yourself beforehand can increase your ability for retaining information, given in the lecture, a hundred fold.
Throughout our lives we have been taught that to study effectively, silence is necessary. We accept this, thinking it logical, despite many a study proving that certain sounds and music can help us to recall information. So why do we continue to study in silence? What’s the benefit of no noise in out study sessions?
Whenever the subject of study tips and advice comes up, everyone will tell you something different; things they have tried and tested themselves, study methods that teachers or fellow students have recommended or they’ll try to sell you some quick fix solution to not having studied up until this point. But quite often people fail to mention the things you should avoid doing whilst studying, which is the information that, in my opinion, is more valuable.