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    Getting ahead in uni

    First year uni student here! Obviously i have no idea how classes work and such so I'm not too sure about effective study methods and such. Also what are good ways to get ahead in class?

    High school was so much more straightforward

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    Re: Getting ahead in uni

    Just attend the first 2 weeks with an open mind and then formulate a study plan. It obviously is varied depending on the subjects/field you are studying.

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    Re: Getting ahead in uni

    there is no point getting ahead in class because you've only got 13 weeks

    it is better to stay on top of your work
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    Re: Getting ahead in uni

    Quote Originally Posted by Squar3root View Post
    there is no point getting ahead in class because you've only got 13 weeks

    it is better to stay on top of your work
    I agree with this so much. In uni you will realise understanding what you have learnt is WAY more important than getting ahead for the sake of it.
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    Re: Getting ahead in uni

    Quote Originally Posted by strawberrye View Post
    I agree with this so much. In uni you will realise understanding what you have learnt is WAY more important than getting ahead for the sake of it.
    Yeah plus holidays are too limited in time so gotta make use of it
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    Re: Getting ahead in uni

    Its hard to get ahead anyways
    Learning something complex before its been explained is hard

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    Re: Getting ahead in uni

    Quote Originally Posted by pikachu975 View Post
    Yeah plus holidays are too limited in time so gotta make use of it
    ^This; you must use effectively to get those good grades you may aspire to..
    The mid-sem breaks are vital lifelines. A chance to actually catch up on all the topics that may have flew by!

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    Re: Getting ahead in uni

    Retrospectively, the best way you can prepare is,
    * Complete the pre-readings so that you can follow the lecture
    * Spend the time listening and noting down what the lecturer has said as these are usually the stuff that will be tested.
    * Afterwards, combine this with the pre-reading you already completed to add in the fat of what was discussed from the lecture.

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    Re: Getting ahead in uni

    It's hard to get ahead because the workload of uni is so immense. My biggest suggestion is to keep on top of your readings, keep up to date with your lectures and make summary notes throughout e.g. Mid session break
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    Re: Getting ahead in uni

    I highly recommend you come to tutorials / practicals prepared, having already done the readings and are familiar with the lecture / textbook. Knowing what you are talking about and having questions / ideas will help. I'm not just talking about participation marks- but it will help with motivation, essays / exams, presentations, etc. So be an engaged student.

    Like others said, a uni class isn't a race where you have to be 'ahead'. What's important are your organization skills (summarizing notes, keeping tabs on assessments due). Sometimes it's about also being smart and dilligent- not being afraid to ask questions when you are struggling or confused (because that will happen. No matter how prepared you are, you will eventually feel lost)

    If you have time, and want to read further within the textbook- go ahead! But make sure you understand the key concepts prior to doing that.

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    Re: Getting ahead in uni

    The most important thing anyone going into first year of university could do is to find a good group of like minded friends in the first few weeks before everyone settles in their cliques.

    This isn't just for you to have 'friends' who are there to support you but also because doing university by yourself is fairly tough no matter what degree and having a solid group of mates when assignments/exams are coming up just makes it better.
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    Re: Getting ahead in uni

    Thanks for all the suggestions!

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