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Anyone else worried about taking a year off academia?

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    Hi, I'm currently on a gap year, will be going to uni in September.

    I've spent the whole year working (in admin mostly) but have done little in the way of learning, apart from reading books relevant to my course on the bus.

    I'm worried now that I won't be as mentally strong as I was this time last year, when my A Level material was fresh in my mind and when I was used to learning and writing essays.

    Anyone else concerned?

    Get back to the books : do some intensive reading and note taking. Go to some public lectures or listen to some podcasts : practice taking notes - and practice listening.

    Uni of Watwick : http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/podcasts/media/
    Gresham College in London - http://www.gresham.ac.uk/
    Uni of Bath - http://www.bath.ac.uk/podcast/
    Uni of Oxford : https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
    KCL - http://www.kcl.ac.uk/newsevents/Podcasts.aspx

    What you will have gained from your gap year in terms of maturity/self-confidence and 'life-skills' far outweighs being a bit out of practice with academic study.

    Unless you plan on studying a STEM subject, a year out will barely have an impact in terms of material being fresh in your mind. Even if you are studying something like engineering, the maths in first year will begin with the A-level content anyway to recap, they are well aware not everyone has come straight from school, thus cater for those who have had breaks.

    I disagree you need to get back to the books. Certainly not at this stage and certainly not to practice stuff like note taking etc, that is what the whole of first year is for, hence why it doesn't count towards anything.
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