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  • Check your uni email account regularly as departments and tutors may Email you. (Tip: install an app of the email in your smartphone to give you notifications when you receive emails)
  • Make sure you meet your tutor as soon as possible and keep in regular contact. Keep a positive image (good work ethic) as well - your tutor is the one who will write your references.
  • Group works are only effective if you set a plan. Set a goal and make sure you manage your time to produce high quality work and achieve the goal done in time.
  • Get things done early, preferably start on it as soon as they are given. Work first, have fun when you have finished. This goes to everything -- courseworks/projects, problem sheets, theory, and others. Discipline, time-management, and prioritisation are very important.
  • Have a quick read of the lecture topic before coming to the lectures.


  • Find out if you need to take a set book to the lectures or just read it in your own time. There's no point lugging something in if you don't have to.
  • It really does help if you go to lectures; this is especially true if you're taking a science-related subject where material covered in lectures provides a basis for later lectures and practical work. If you do end up missing lectures (and everyone does occasionally) then try to get the notes off someone else (or do a bit of the reading).
  • If your uni offers hand-outs online then print them off before the lecture. Some lecturers don't give out copies of their slides and this way you have something to annotate
  • If you find it hard to make notes quickly then stick to key points and go over examples and other extra information with a friend afterwards.
  • Read through your notes at the weekend after the lecture to make sure they're still legible and make sense. It's better to realise now than come exam time!
  • Look for a note-keeping application (like MS Office OneNote or Notability for iPad) to store electronic copies/scans of notes. Those coffee rings can be a real pain!
  • Organise your notes - very important.


  • Always attempt any exercises set or even mentioned. Hand them in even if nobody else does (do the problem sheets for yourself, the more you practice, the better your understanding on it becomes) - the worst thing that can happen is they won't give you feedback. Don't leave things like problem sheets until the morning of the lecture/seminar/whatever, and always try to do all the questions.
  • Don't be afraid to ask someone else in your class about working together or comparing answers. They may have a different take on it - or explaining it to them may help you to nail it! It's better to go there understanding what's going on, even if it's a bit of a joint effort. (Doing problem sheets with a group is good, as long as you pick the right people to be in the group).

Notes & Filing

  • When making notes in lectures put the date, module title and page number on each piece of paper. When you get back from your lecture put them into a folder straight away.
  • Typing up your notes after a lecture might help you get them into your head. Also, you’ll be able to print off neatly typed copies for revision later in the year.
  • Arrange your notes how you wish, it needs to work for you.


  • Do not leave coursework until the last moment. Prioritise it by how big the coursework is and how far away the deadline is.
  • Do as much research as you can into your coursework as early as you possibly can.
  • If you are confused by any part of your coursework, ask your tutor.
  • Fulfil all the parts of the coursework requested. Marks cannot be given if you do not write about something the coursework sheet requests you to do
  • Check the referencing system you are supposed to use. Ensure you use it. Plagiarism is taken extremely seriously by universities.


  • Staying up until 4am when you have a 9am lecture is not a good way to learn.
  • If you do stay up that late you will end up sleeping in the lecture. You might as well stay in bed and not make your morning painful!


See 'Avoiding exam stress'.



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Created by Administrator on 2013/06/28 15:02

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