University can be a life-changing experience, exposing you to many diverse experiences. Not only will you leave with a degree which will hopefully put you on your chosen career path but you will meet interesting people, try new things and learn entirely different ways of working and studying.
University life isn’t just about studying for your degree and nothing else though. It’s important to make the most of your two, three or four years of study and squeeze everything you can out of the experience, not just for your professional development but for your personal development too.
Get to know your personal tutor
When you embark upon a degree you’ll be assigned a personal tutor and it pays to make the most of that connection, because there are a number of benefits a personal tutor can offer. They are there to help guide you in your work but they can also act as a signpost for other university services, both academic and pastoral.
They will help you make the transition to degree-level study and they will listen if you have concerns about your coursework or ever feel you are slipping behind. They will help review your academic achievement and support your personal development and wellbeing. With so many other students at university you can feel like just a number but a personal tutor can help bridge the connection between you and the institution.
Working with your fellow students
Your university life shouldn’t be one you live in isolation and making friends at university is one definite way you can build that all-important support network around you. It can be a little nerve-wracking initially; especially if you’re not a social butterfly, but just remember that everyone is in the same boat and looking to make new friends.
The friends you do make will be the people you can lean on during your degree for both academic and emotional support. You can form study groups to help each other with your coursework as well as offer mutual encouragement.
Using university resources
Universities offer loads of resources you can use or get involved with during your time studying which are not only beneficial for your health and wellbeing, but help you work better too and can even look good on your CV.
At GSM London for example, you can get involved with the students union if you want a say in the rights and activities of the students. It also gives you access to the National Union of Students. In addition, there are opportunities to volunteer which is great for socialising and work experience or opportunities to improve your physical health and make new friends on park runs.
Getting efficient at studying
The step up to degree level can be challenging but it’s important to make the most of the resources available to get the most out of your time studying. Those resources are there to help you at every stage of your degree and make the transition to degree level study as easy as possible.
If you’re struggling with technical problems such as the use of computer systems GSM London has a one-to-one appointments system where you can speak to a technician and get the problem solved. iHubs are also available to book daily and there are regular workshops you can take on topics such as Harvard referencing and more detailed use of Microsoft Word.
Internships/work placement opportunities
If you get the chance to undertake an internship or placement you should definitely take it. Such an opportunity can really enrich university life and have a positive impact on your degree.
GSM London has a number of practical projects on offer which allow you to apply the knowledge you learn on your course in real-life situations. GSM London also has strong links with industry and there may be opportunities for you to undertake work experience with associated businesses.
The time you spend at university is a chance to embrace many new things, so don’t waste it. Embrace all that university has to offer you and most importantly, enjoy university life.
We would like to hear from you if you’re thinking of going to university. You can call us on 020 3797 468 or find out more here.