Top 5 tips ~ new uni students

I remember my first day at uni like it was yesterday; I met one of my now best friend and so many amazing friends who I am still friends with today. When I started at university of Hertfordshire we were kept so busy that some of us had to receive a message on the notice board to say:

“…Call your mothershe is worried
Though embarrassing we had a very good laugh about it. If there a few things that I could share with new or prospective students its:
·         Best friend or not never ever share your work – I know this will come out as harsh but remember you both went there to learn not to be there 2nd teacher. Also you do not know if that person is going to respect you enough to just take the idea and not actually copy your hard work – this is plagiarism and at university this is very serious, you could get discredited for life I dare say.
·         Play hard and work hard – find a balance, this is very important. I know many people go into first year thinking “it does not count”. Yes is does not count towards your final grading but if you want to do placements during university this is all the potential employer has plus if God forbid you didn’t make the final mark to pass final year, you could get discretional points but only if they have seen from year one till final year you proved that you were hard working. Partying at uni is not against your learning, its part and parcel but you need to find that balance. I partied as hard as I studied, if I went party 3 nights in a row I studied three nights in a row without fail plus I had two jobs at the time to support myself.
·         Choose friends wisely – I know the first few weeks are hard because you’re in new environment, meeting new people making friends etc. but you need to start looking for people who are there to learn (and have fun second) and will help advance together in learning. Some people you may already know from college or school but it does not mean you only stick with them; make some new ones too.
·         Plan – I cannot emphasize enough how important planning is. When you start uni they are literally spoon feeding you in first term.2nd term they expect maturity and they expect results, suss out what you good at, what needs work and what you need to memorise. The “memorise” part sounds silly but there are just things that no matter what they fell to stick these are sometimes the things that come in exams.
·         Attend ALL lectures – when I started we figured that we had 24 IBMAP (Introduction to Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Pharmacology) classes and attending 12 was good enough. I was fortunate to have read and researched all the lectures that when it was exam time I knew my stuff even the classes I did not attend because I made the effort. Some people I know struggled very much and the worst thing to happen was repeating first year, if you struggle with first year which is mostly like final year of A-levels think how much work you need to put into second year also they may want you to repeat first year. Attend all lectures, if you can’t borrow slides (even notes from “good friends” – the ones that went to learn not to party all day and night”.

These are some of my top 5 tips for new university students and even returning students, I hope you find them useful. Don’t forget to enter the curry’s PC world competition to be in with a chance to win a laptop.
  • Haha thanks Regina

  • Thank you

  • Thank Chelsea

  • All wonderful tips! I agree with you. I go to every lecture!

  • Great tips! I always go to every lecture

  • Fab tips! I definitely back up going to EVERY lecture it's very necessary

  • All good tips Miranda and kudos to you go doing so well in the sciences! Smart cookie. 🙂

  • You know I always wondered why you call it college because for us college is lower then university and sometimes you have to go to college before you can go to uni

  • Those are really great tips 🙂 College was such a great time, I miss it!!

  • It's so interesting to read about how other cultures deal with going to university or as those of us in the states say it "college". I read university with a British accent each time I see it on the screen. Thank you for the tips it totally seems like college and university go hand in hand.

  • I could not have put it better myself it is a social event and we all want to be liked but we have to remember why we went to uni in the first place

  • Absolutely and thank you x

  • work/life balance is pretty tricky but we all have to work on it

  • It really does depend on the type of student you are but i would encourage attending lectures x

  • I am glad you hard a great time and thanks for sharing x

  • Absolutely, first year is hard because everything is new and not putting in any work will certainly bring a shock to your system

  • awww thanks, good luck to her

  • I wont lie most were boring hence the decision to only attend half but we still need to attend

  • good luck to her and thank you x

  • Great lessons! I totally agree with your advice to choose your friends wisely. It's especially hard when you are starting university because it is such a social environment and you want everyone to be your friend. You'll learn quickly to value true friendship and keep those positive influences around you. It's a tough lesson to learn though!

  • yes, yes, yes all these are great tips. Especially the one about attending class

  • Wise words and great tips. Staying on task is very important for a successful finish.

  • This is great advice and I think would be useful to anyone attending a university for the first time (and some veterans lol)

  • Great tips! I don't have any to add, but even in the "real world", finding that work/life balance is so important and is a lot harder than it seems.

  • These are great tips! I am studying at a University and one of the biggest things for me is to take notes and go to class because you never know what you are going to miss in your classes!

  • Such great tips! Your friends are your reputation. Although Im guilty of not attending all my classes but that wasn't how I learned. Depends on the student and the attendance policy. 🙂

  • Balance is an amazing tip! I wish I had learned that earlier when I was still in school!

  • Such great advice, even though my college days have passed! Thanks so much for sharing though!

  • I love these tips!! Now if only I had these when I was starting off college. I failed my first year!! I still kick myself everyday for that and how it pushed me so behind in school but hey I had a great time!

  • Great tips. My son will be needing these soon.

  • Great advice! I wish I had done a better job at choosing friends wisely since now that I am older I have lost a lot of those friends since we didn't go in the same direction. Very sad!

  • Great tips. How old this makes me feel! I miss the college days that was before all the bills and real life.

  • Ahhh, this makes me miss college.

  • These are great tips! Good post!

  • It's been a LONG time since I've been at university but these are good tips! 😉 Don't skip lectures…it's almost impossible to catch up if you do!

  • I didn't attend a big university (okay, I went for 1 semester and hated it) and then resorted back to my nice small classes at College. I was one of those weird people who loved school lol

  • Very great tips! I totally believe in a balance of classes.

  • My two years at a university were filled with some easy breezy classes and some that I had to work my butt off in. I think these are great tips!

  • I literally don't think I could have survived at university. I think I made the right choice not to go! Fab tips though!

    Katie <3

  • Excellent tips, especially the one about attending all the lectures. First year at university can be a shock…you should expect it to be very hard, and if you overestimate the hardness, then you'll be pleasantly surprised! 🙂

  • Great tips. I only went to university for a year and a half and it was a smaller, local one, so I managed to get by pretty easily!

  • Great lessons to learn for sure. I shared some of this wisdom to my niece who recently started university.

  • Great advice! Especially the lectures actually, they might be boring but the lecturers might give you some important information that's not on the hand outs etc 🙂 x
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  • My niece has just started at uni so I'm gonna whizz this over to her as I'm sure she'd love to read it. Great tips 🙂

    Louise x