(Original post by I'mJustSomeGuy)
I would but my tutors never explain what to do correctly or what to read then I end up getting confused. Also, if you're familiar with Blackboard, trying to find stuff in there is so confusing so I find it difficult to look for the things I need to go over.
One thing I should mention. I have quite a short attention span so I find it difficult to focus during lectures and seminars which makes it difficult to absorb all the information that is being given.
Yes we had blackboard as well. The good news is that the first year doesn't matter in terms of the grades, you only have to pass of fail. But i seriously recommend you start reading, every day. You should try researching jstor and the online journals via google scholar, and what your library has to offer. Take some time to visit your universities library, go to the sociology and criminology section and go and read the contents pages and the introductions, maybe a few chapters of some of the books they have. You should also arrange a one on one with some of the unit leaders.lecturers, to ask them what books and chapters they specifically recommend. You may well find that the key/core texts have been taken out of the library at this point, but you should still be able to get some secondary reading to get your teeth in to. Also try to spend at least half an hour every day navigating black board to get you r teeth in to that as well. Some lecturers will actually upload lecture notes and readings to this intranet, and if yours have done this, try to read at least a few pages, or a chapter everyday. Other wise, go to the library and get reading material from there.
To begin with this can seem like daunting prospects, but i did it (got a 2.1 in sociology major theatre studies minor this year) and so can you. Btw what you don't want to do is just cruise by, nodding along, not doing the readings, not understanding the lectures, not talking to the lecturer and also not talking to your fellow undergraduates.
Remember university is nothing like school, because here you are expected take control of your own learning trajectory. And I appreciate it can feel like you are getting thrown in at the deep end at first. This is actually what happened to me the first time i started uni in 2009. Then i was put in hospital and started again in 2011, before i finally graduated this year. Let me know if you have any more questions thanks!? JR