With lectures starting next week, I thought I would take the opportunity to give you some advice and tips, so you get the most out of your lectures and are prepared. I always feel mixed about lectures starting again – on one hand, I’m sad summer is over and I dread the early mornings (especially with a hangover)! On the other hand, there’s something nice about getting back on campus and cracking on with the new academic year.
For starters, I suggest you download the U@UCB app, which can be found on the App Store. This app is great for accessing your student email and your results, while it’s also where you can view your timetable. Check this timetable daily as it is live, and you may find you will have occasional room changes.
Record your lectures! I use my phone to voice record all my lectures because I’ve never been one for writing shorthand. By recording the lectures, I can relisten and take my notes later on (make sure to check with you lecturer first though).
If you have a lecture early one morning, don’t go out the night before. Just don’t do it! I have been to a few lectures hungover and with only a couple of hours of sleep, and I might as well have not gone! Make sure you are well rested and ready to listen. I suggest you make sure you have eaten too – nothing worse than a loud stomach grumble mid lecture.
- Academic diary – I just bought mine for this year from Amazon for £3. In mine, I write all my deadlines, times I plan to study and other key academic events to help keep me organised.
- Memory stick – If you’re on any course where you will be doing work on a computer, I suggest you get one of these. It’ll save you constantly having to email yourself your work. It’s also a good idea to have all your work safe on a stick in case something happens to your laptop/computer.
- Headphones – Some of your lectures may be in computer rooms and you’ll need to watch videos and tutorials, so you don’t want to have to do this out loud.
- Notebook – Make sure it’s thick as you’ll be taking a lot of notes. I would get a different one for each module or one with dividers, so your notes don’t get mixed up.
- Pens, highlighters, etc – This one is self-explanatory.
- Post-it notes – I completely rely on post-it notes to remind me of everything I have to do! I definitely recommend you get some.
- Some kind of file – Box file, ring binder… Get somewhere to keep paper handouts and random helpful notes.
- Wall calendar – This isn’t lecture specific but in my bedroom, I have a massive wall calendar where I write birthdays, deadlines and my plans, so I don’t double-book myself and so I stay organised.
I hope you all really enjoy your lectures and hopefully you now feel slightly more prepared.