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Getting Ready to Study

While there is plenty of fun to be had at University, you need to start thinking about your studies and what you need to do to get ready.

For many students, their expectations of what uni life will be like is often mismatched to the reality they experience.  We have developed a resource to show you how some of your assumptions and expectations about what you'll experience matches to the reality of uni life.

Assumptions and Expectations of First Year

  • 45% of students feel that school adequately prepares them for university
  • 70% report that the standard of university work is different to school work
  • 45% have outside commitments that negatively affect their learning

Realities of First Year

  • You will need to commit up to 48 hours a week to study (full time)
  • Recommended amount of study outside of contact hours is 6-10 hours a week per subject
  • Tutors and lecturers have complex roles which means different feedback and longer return times for assignments

Our Top Tips

  • Take charge of your own learning
  • Keep up with the workload
  • Don’t try and do too much on top of study
  • Go to workshops and study support to develop skills
  • If in doubt, ask for help

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