Studying in a university environment can seem
like a big change for students, especially for students who have spent a long period of their studies at home in recent times.
There are many differences between school and university, the biggest being that students can expect a lot more independence both academically and socially. For many, this is a big reason for choosing to attend university, but it may also take a bit of getting used to.
Below are some of the key differences you may wish to highlight when discussing university transition with your students.
University lecturers and tutors don’t chase
students for drafts of their work or give
regular reminders of when their work is due for
submission. Similarly, although attendance is
usually monitored centrally, it is the student’s
responsibility to ensure that they turn up for
their study commitments.
It is important that students manage their time effectively, especially when balancing what is on offer socially with succeeding in their studies.
Students are expected to do the majority of
their work independently. Topics, key themes
and concepts are outlined by academic staff
through lectures and seminars, but students
are then expected to go away and research
these in detail, using their own initiative. This
requires a lot of self-motivation, choosing a
subject they are passionate about will help
The style of writing expected of students is also different at university with an expectation to think critically when researching topics, offering balanced arguments in essays, backed up by quotes and references from their background reading. This is why referencing is so important. There is usually lots of help on hand to support students with this when they start their university course.
After spending much of the last year studying
from home, student life at university will, more
than ever, seem very different to what students
have become used to. The opportunities
available to learn new skills and meet new
people are really exciting and an excellent way
to build valuable skills that employers value
such as confidence, resilience and willingness
to try new things.
The Student’s Union organises most social activities which include the many clubs and societies on offer. Joining a society is a great way for your students to meet like-minded people and try out new activities.
Although moving to university study can seem like a big step, there is lots of support available to transition to a new way of working. Students aren’t expected to adjust to the change overnight and allowances are made, particularly for first year students when it comes to skills such as referencing. Universities may also offer a ‘buddy’ system where new students can call on support from others who have previously faced similar challenges.
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