Wednesday, 20 February 2019

How to Study at University

How to Study at University

When you start your studies at university, it is required that you are much more independent than you had to be in earlier school years. To handle this, you will have to learn how to manage your time.
How to Study at University

How to Study at University

Different types of classes

Depending on what classes you take, they will either involve lectures or seminars. In a lecture, the teacher – also known as a lecturer – will talk about something that involves the subject and you will take notes. These can last for as long as three hours, with a short break. Lectures are often very large, with sometimes as many as four hundred students.

A seminar is more intimate, with only approximately twenty students. Here you will be able to participate in discussions or be required to give presentations.

You will also have a chance for discussions with only you and your teacher involved. During these tutorials, as they´re called, you will go over individual assignments and your teacher will give you feedback. At times there are also group tutorials with three or so other students.

Living in a dorm

A part of studying at the university is to live in a dorm, and this will take some time to adjust to. Don´t sit around in your room all the time, go out and meet new people. There will be many different organizations you can get involved in around campus. This way you will be able to make friends with other students who have the same interests as you.

To not be homesick, it is important to stay in touch with friends and family back home. Your parents will love to hear from you to know what you are up to and that you are feeling well.

When emergencies happen

There will always be emergencies that you can´t predict beforehand. It is important that you know what kind of insurance you have before leaving for college, if you have an insurance card – bring it. If your parents don´t have an insurance policy that will be valid for you throughout college, and maybe even grad school, contact the health center at your school.

Something else you should think about is asking the health center how you will get your medical records to them in the easiest way. This is important in case you eat something you are allergic to, or if something else related to your medical history should happen.

Make sure that you know where the nearest off-campus medical facility is. Accidents can happen anywhere and it is important to know where to get help.

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