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    I've just started second year and I only have two lectures a week, three in second semester. I do get set quite a lot of reading which will take up my time but has anyone else got barely any contracted hours? How are you going to spend your time? I'm probably going to get a part time job and join some societies but for the amount I'm paying I was hoping for more however I'm guessing it's more about independent study now.
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    Yes. I'm doing 5 units, each unit gets a 1 hour lecture and a 1 hour practical session per week (one unit gets 2 hours each). So I get 6 contact hours and 6 lecture hours.

    We've been told that for each unit we should be doing approximately 6 extra hours of work per week. Basically we should be putting in 40 hours a week, the majority of which is our own time, not contact hours or lectures. This basically means 9-5, Monday to Friday with time for lunch in between. Or standard working hours.

    This is basically how all universities function. Keep in mind that in many cases you have access to lots of additional resources besides your 6 hours of contact time. £9000 is a lot but it's paying for all your teachers, all the equipment you use, any help you get (for example we have things like maths cafes if we need them), other resources like the library and so on. You're not just paying £9000 for 6 hours a week so make sure you really make use of that.

    As far as what I'm doing in the meantime, I've joined 4 societies that I attend Thursday evening, Friday evening and Sunday morning. I also have to dedicate time to doing all those things you might not be used to at home. Cooking, cleaning, buying food, doing washing, etc. Add in a few general hobbies and there's little time left for anything else. I could get a part time job but am choosing not to.
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    I would think the standard is 5 units a semester with 2 hours per week in lectures and 1 hour of seminars. So 15 hours total.

    Would be disappointed with less.
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    (Original post by ellai17)
    I've just started second year and I only have two lectures a week, three in second semester. I do get set quite a lot of reading which will take up my time but has anyone else got barely any contracted hours? How are you going to spend your time? I'm probably going to get a part time job and join some societies but for the amount I'm paying I was hoping for more however I'm guessing it's more about independent study now.
    Hello,

    That's quite common for university - a lot of students feel the same, for the amount they pay, they hope for more contact hours but it's the whole idea that it's about independent study and what not! Doesn't mean you can't have one to one's with your lecturer if you need it, just email and ask if you get stuck! But your plan sounds good.

    I still spent a lot of time at university putting into hours for my study and using the facilities and such and had a part time job and spent the other time socialising!

    Good luck!
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    Welcome to British education. By far the most expensive and the worst value for money (just like those shoebox size houses on endless rows of streets that cost hundreds of thousands).

    But hey if you know your game and play it well then you can recover all your costs within the first few years of stepping into your career (depending on your course and industry of course).
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    I get 14-15 at the moment without the tutorials which are starting out next week...? Also second year.

    What are you studying?

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    Can someone explain what are contact ours/tutorials/lectutes at uk uni?
 
 
 
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