I still can’t believe that I’ve finished University and now I’m out in the real working world. No more late starts or full on study days in the library (sounds strange, but I’ll miss it!). Three years flew by and I’ve learnt a lot from my time at Suffolk. As a recent graduate, here’s my top pieces of advice for those of you starting in September.
- Ask questions
Your lectures, seminars and tutorial groups are all great opportunities to ask questions and build your knowledge. You may start a discussion, or you may clarify something for the whole group if you didn’t understand something. University gives you the chance to have debates and learn from people who really know their field and just one question can open up a whole new area of interest for you.
- Read from the start
I was always terrible with pre-reading. But the times I did do it and took notes, I always found I followed the lectures much better and understood my assignments. Although it can seem like a big task, taking an hour or two a week to study up for your lectures will put you in a much better place and help you to succeed on your assignments.
- Take constructive criticism
Feedback is always helpful. No matter how well you do on an assignment, there will always be areas that you can improve on. I found that my weaknesses were consistent across all my assignments so I knew that if I improved in those areas, all my grades would go up. Also take feedback in your workplace, society groups and sports clubs. These will all help you and grow your success.
- Get involved in at least one extra activity
Social groups are the place to get to know different people and grow your friendships outside of the classroom. Societies and sports are perfect places to do this, but you also meet people through the Student Ambassador Scheme, involvement in the Student’s Union and much more. I got involved in all of these, but you might feel that just one is enough for you.