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Planning for Your University Study

Studying at an university for the first time can be quite a experience as it involves a totally different lifestyle. Unlike in high schools, there isn't a class teacher that will always look after you and class schedules are different on each day. You will need to manage your own time and prepare accordingly.

It is best for you to plan now at the beginning of the new academic year than to regret afterwards. Here are some advice and tips to help your study!

Plan your Timetable

  • Make a weekly timetable, inputting all the lectures and tutorials details.
  • Mark the important dates like deadline to submit assignments, mid-term exams, final exams, etc.
  • Allow study time per week for each subject in additional to lecture and tutorial times

Be Prepared

Don't go to lectures without any preparation. You won't be able to get anything from the lectures or tutorials if you don't prepare beforehand. Try to read the required materials every time before lectures. You will understand better what the lecturer is talking about with good preparation.

In tutorials, don't think that you can just sit there and listen to others. It is very important to prepare for your tutorials in order to participate fully. Discussions and debates is probably the most important learning process. It will also help to develop your communications for your future career.

Effective Study

As mentioned earlier, you should set aside some study time for each subject. However, there are heaps of materials for one particular subject and it may seem quite impossible for you to dip into every detail by yourself. Study group may help in this situation. To start a successful study group, try to:

  • Start with a small group
  • Include students from different backgrounds so you can share different ideas
  • Have similar study goals
  • Set goals for each meeting
  • Research together, but write independently
  • Discuss theories and issues - don't just memorize

Every Assessment is Important

Examination is important but there are also other modes of assessment. This includes individual or group assignments, essays or reports, tutorial participation, presentations etc.

Don't just focus on tests and examinations. You will need to spend time on the other assessments as well. They are also part of the learning process.

Study Hiccups

If you have some difficulties in understanding the lectures, preparing for assignments or examinations, go and talk to your lecturer or tutor to seek help as early as possible.

In case you need extra time for your assignment, ask for an extension well in advance. You will have to explain clearly your reason for the delay. If you are sick, remember to get a medical certificate as proof. However, if you ask for an extensive on or after the due date, you are unlikely going to get any concessions.

Student counselling services is also available in universities. Try to talk to the counsellors if you have any difficulty in adapting to the new environment. You're also welcomed to come to ACIC and talk to your counsellor.

Wish you study well and have an enjoyable year!