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Top Tips on preparing for your course over summer

Bradley Jones

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Moving on from school to university can be a very scary but exciting time. With that in mind one of the big things that you need to be thinking about is how to prep for your course so that you’re ready to kick your studies off to a flying start. Below are a few things to think about before you start in September which will make your life easier when starting.

Check if you need any materials

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A good thing to do is to see if you need to purchase or loan any books, magazines, journals or other articles to aid you with the first set of modules. Most of the time this will be posted to you in a letter before you start however you should be able to see this on the Online Learning Environment of your course. Doing this as a priority means that you can spend less time stressing and more time enjoying summer knowing your materials are sorted.

Keep up to date with the news

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Especially for Law, Business and Accountancy courses it is a very wise idea to follow what is happening in the world. Pick up a copy of a respectable newspaper every so often (go for the Telegraph and the Guardian over the Sun and the Mirror for a better quality of article). The topics that they talk about in the news could come in handy for your modules and can also provide a good starting point for coursework assignments.

Organise Yourself

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When you start you will feel that there are 1001 things you need to do all at the same time. Manage what you need to do and where you need to be by creating planners/journals so that you are able to be more organised and in less of a muddle. With so much going on at the same time this will reduce the stress of everything.

Don’t expect to be an expert from day one!

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Trying to excel at every element of your course will wear you out and will get you bogged down. Naturally there will be things that you are good at and there will be things that you don’t understand and that you struggle with. This is completely normal. Nobody will expect you to be amazing at everything from day one. That is the point of learning!


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I hope these little pointers will make taking the next step a lot more stress free and enjoyable. Remember to be prepared, motivated and ready to have some fun!

Top Tips on preparing for your course over summer
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