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    The year doesn't count towards final marks, and I'm finding it really hard to stay motivated to do my work and to a good standard.

    What did/do you do to stay motivated in this time?
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    You might want to sleep earlier, do more exercise. You shouldn't have to overwhelm yourself with all the work, if you are focused then you will do a good job
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    I think that you need to tell yourself that if you understand the work well now you should be able to keep it up. (I wish it was 100% first year, I would have got a 2.1 not a Third!)

    But don't go mad revising in the first year, save some of the academic pace for the 2nd/3rd year.
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    I viewed it as a year to better myself, I've started working out and doing yoga, eating healthy, and spending more time on work. I got a first on my first assignment (I'm not used to achieving well) which has motivated me to keep that standard of work.
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    To be honest I keep forgetting that the first year doesn't count, I've been putting in a lot of effort with assignments and exams so far but nothing too strenuous just yet. In my last year of a-levels I got into the habit of doing a bit of work each day and so I've just been maintaining that level of pace. Just like EmmaZombie I've also been exercising more and stuff. At a-levels I definitely neglected aspects of my life in favour of focusing on the academic side of things and that's not maintainable for another three years. So this year is all about finding a balance between studying, socialising and taking care of myself.
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    It's a good year to get to practice academic writing style and how to research etc.
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    I wish my first year didn't count


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    Feel the same! I have an exam on Wednesday and Thursday and I haven't touched a book since I finished for Christmas

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    Durrr, you don't stay motivated. First year is for sleeping, drinking, and ****ing.

    Even in second and third year you should just do the bare minimum possible to get a 2.1 and enjoy life.
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    (Original post by NathanY23)
    The year doesn't count towards final marks, and I'm finding it really hard to stay motivated to do my work and to a good standard.

    What did/do you do to stay motivated in this time?
    The thing about first year is it is a chance to adapt to uni and the expectations that everyone has of you at uni. It's a year for learning everything from how to use the library and who to ask for help to how to write at an undergraduate standard and what to expect in uni exams.

    The thing to remember is that if you don't try your hardest in first year, it's easy to think "oh, if I'd put a full amount of effort in, I would have got a first", then in second year, you put in a full amount of effort, and still end up with a 2.2. If you don't figure out how to get good grades in first year, then you won't magically get good grades in second and third year.

    If you're already getting good grades, then find something fun/productive to do in your spare time. Get involved with a society, or do some volunteering or look for some work experience opportunities.
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    (Original post by NathanY23)
    The year doesn't count towards final marks, and I'm finding it really hard to stay motivated to do my work and to a good standard.

    What did/do you do to stay motivated in this time?
    On a zen kind of note, learn to take some pride in your work. Take the time to take proper notes, keep them organised and set yourself a goal - 'get a 65% average in first year', for example.

    Remember that even if your first year doesn't count, it is an investment. Your first year is a foundation for the years that follow, both in terms of working habits and your understanding of the more advanced material to come later.

    On a less zen note, if you're planning on potentially entering a competitive graduate job (law, banking etc) you will probably be asked to give a full breakdown of all of your module scores at university. If you have a lacklustre first year, these employers will ask you why (if they decide to interview you at all).
 
 
 
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