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Our Advice for First Year Uni Students

6 September 2022

So the time has come to fly the nest and set off on the great adventure that is your university career. 

You’ve got the course sorted, you’ve looked into accommodation, and you are raring to go.

We want you to set off on the right foot, so we’ve decided to give you some of our top advice for your first year at university. Read on and take note…

 

Work Well

A lot of people say the first year doesn’t count, but that’s not strictly true. If you’re planning on applying for any internships then you may be required  to list every module you’ve completed and your mark. 

Anyway, it’s a good idea to use the first year at university to develop your own study style and learn what works for you.

That way, when things get really serious later on down the line, you’ll be ready for it.

So how to develop your study style? First of all, get organised. Get hold of a calendar or an agenda, and make sure you set down all your deadlines, exams, group meetings and university events. 

Get into a study routine. Make sure you schedule in rests as well, so that you stay motivated. Find a place to study that suits you, and perhaps even buddy up with someone who is equally as motivated.

We strongly recommend that you don’t skip lectures, and even if you don’t have early morning classes, make a habit of getting up early and going to bed at a reasonable hour. 

When in lectures, you’ll need to take notes. Some people work more effectively with pen and paper when it comes to taking notes in lectures, while others prefer to use a laptop. And remember, always back up any work you do on your computer with either cloud storage or a USB stick.

Oh, and why not get ahead with the reading list? Universities provide a list of reading material before the course even begins, so there’s no reason to get snowed under with reading as you go along on the course. Get to the library or bookshop in advance and impress your lecturers with your knowledge when the course starts.

 

Socialise

It’s not all work and no play.

One of the best and most fulfilling parts of uni life is making friends.

The great thing about being in first year at uni is that everyone is in the same boat – everyone is new and needs to make new friends. That also makes the first few weeks and months crucial, because as time goes on people will solidify their friendship groups. A lot can change in one week at university.

If you’re a little shy, try to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Try to get stuck into as many new things as possible and meet new people.

Freshers week is the perfect time to have fun and meet as many people as possible, as there are lots of social events organised by the university. 

Social media will keep you up to date with the university events, so make sure you follow the students union page and university social media platforms.

Your neighbours in your student accommodation are also ideal friend material, as they are literally next door to you, so you don’t even have to leave the house to socialise.

You could even go to the Freshers Fair with your housemates.

Freshers Week

It’s absolutely essential that you make the most of Freshers Week. It’s designed to help you meet people, settle into university life, and find out about clubs and societies.

Head over to the Freshers Fair to sign up to any clubs that appeal to you – whether it be sports, amateur dramatics, dance, faith based, or political…the options are endless! Oh and did we mention that most people find their uni best mates by signing up to a university society?

Also make sure you get your hands on the mountain of freebies that await you at the Freshers Fair.

In Freshers Week, take a campus tour led by a student ambassador, and take time to explore your surroundings. 

Keep your eyes peeled for supermarkets, the students’ union, bars and nightclubs.

Speaking of nightclubs, there are tons of nights out organised by the students unions and surrounding nightclubs in Freshers Week, usually offering discounts and special offers – so flash that student card and enjoy!

Stay Healthy

One part of student life that is too often neglected is the health and wellbeing of the student.

Here at Novel we take your wellbeing very seriously, as we know that taking good care of your body and mind will set you up for success.

Don’t succumb to the temptation to gorge on fast food while studying. Make the most of our on-site gym to keep in shape and motivated, and take a little time to prepare healthy, balanced meals including fruits and veggies and water.

 

Get to Know Your Tutors

This might feel a little daunting at first, but believe us, your relationship with your uni tutors will be different to how it was at school and college.

Not only will you be treated like an independent adult here, but your uni tutor could play an important role in your future career-making decisions.

They can point you in the right direction to network with professionals, make business connections, and meet recruiters.

 

Student Accommodation

Last but not least, do your bit around the house if you’re sharing student accommodation.

Wash up your plates and dishes, and try to set a cleaning rota in place to avoid any potential conflicts.

And remember to keep it in perspective – is it really worth losing a friend over a dirty mug? Talk through any issues with housemates, in a calm manner.

And to keep a sense of fun in the mundane, why not cook together?

 

Here at Novel there’s plenty of social activities that you and your flatmates can get involved in, so that you have the best first year at university possible. Find out more today!

 

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