Something you wish you knew before starting Uni Watch

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I've realised that now I'm finishing uni there were things I wish I knew before starting so that I could prepare. Now that new students are likely to also have that feeling I am curious as to what everyone would like to know?

I wish I knew how lonely uni can be at times or how to take care of yourself and others. I believe some of the topics aren't really covered before you apply to uni, well I wasn't really taught on how to deal with them but how about you?
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I think I wish I knew that I didn't need to separate different colours of washing,i hadn't tried to chuck it all in together until i moved to uni
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Brutal honestly, I wish I had realised that having a degree does not guarantee me a job. Most my teachers at school implied that having a degree would get me a job, I learnt recently that it certainly doesn't.
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Brutal honestly, I wish I had realised that having a degree does not guarantee me a job. Most my teachers at school implied that having a degree would get me a job, I learnt recently that it certainly doesn't.
I get what you mean I've heard it quite a lot from some past students that have ended up somewhere completely different from what they studied. I feel as if they don't represent a true result of university and it placed many students at a false sense of security with their education :/
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(Original post by claireestelle)
I think I wish I knew that I didn't need to separate different colours of washing,i hadn't tried to chuck it all in together until i moved to uni
I do agree with this, but like this really applied more for items that have been previously washed. Particularly with dark colours, make sure they no longer colour the water or some of your clothes will come out an odd colour. However, if your clothes have been washed many a time before then its fine to mix colours
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How to take notes. Waste half my time in lecture not knowing what to do but to listen and then forget, then often fall asleep. of course you'll learn it on the go but if you had no clue, then that takes a massive chunk of time and a lot of stress.
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To learn ASAP how to write proper academic assignments. I had ridiculously backward habits to start with: like writing my essay and then looking for references that supported my points, only reading the abstract of academic papers without checking how relevant the finer details of the papers were, doing the reading/planning/writing of my assignments at the very last minute, and going way too far over the word limit EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
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First year does really count.

Also references, I had no idea what I was doing in terms of referencing to start with, it cost me a lot of time.
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(Original post by PhoenixFortune)
To learn ASAP how to write proper academic assignments. I had ridiculously backward habits to start with: like writing my essay and then looking for references that supported my points, only reading the abstract of academic papers without checking how relevant the finer details of the papers were, doing the reading/planning/writing of my assignments at the very last minute, and going way too far over the word limit EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
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First year does really count.

Also references, I had no idea what I was doing in terms of referencing to start with, it cost me a lot of time.
I relate to the references 😂. My first year was absolutely awful, I mostly got 40 so I'm glad I improved. I wish they taught us how to reference in high-school, it would have done a great benefit.
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(Original post by ihatePE)
How to take notes. Waste half my time in lecture not knowing what to do but to listen and then forget, then often fall asleep. of course you'll learn it on the go but if you had no clue, then that takes a massive chunk of time and a lot of stress.
I relate to this one so much ( I really try but I just can’t
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Lectures are near to pointless
University social life isn’t as glamorous as it is made to be, can be very lonely at times
Very hard to revise, socialise, attend lectures, cook, clean, laundry at the same time
So much spare time gone to waste, not much to do
Job is not guaranteed
Waste a lot of money on night out and mess up your health/ sleep
. Overall it is portrayed as the only way to be successful when in reality it’s not. Secondary school want to boost their annual statistics of how many students ‘they have sent to uni’. Feels like a scam to me
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hey, a quick question about uni, may be silly, but are lessons or whatever you have similar to college/school where you fill in work sheets do questions etc, how independent is it? and how are you assessed? are there exams for subjects that have exams in college? thanks ~year 12 student
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hey, a quick question about uni, may be silly, but are lessons or whatever you have similar to college/school where you fill in work sheets do questions etc, how independent is it? and how are you assessed? are there exams for subjects that have exams in college? thanks ~year 12 student
There are different types of ''lessons'' in university. the most common is lectures where you sit in a lecture theatre with up to hundreds other people, listen to the lecturer go through a powerpoint, you can choose to take notes or whatever, some will ask questions if they're brave enough in front of hundreds others.
the other type is seminar, which takes place in a smaller room with smaller size group, this is where discussions and debates can happen, as well as work sheets. I'd say seminar would be the closest lesson to what you have in school, but not identical. workshops and labs are usually dominant in STEM and sciences. it's like science experiments in school but with more freedom and independence as well as using more advanced equipment. tutorial is where you meet in groups of 5 with an assigned member of staff in your subject department, it's more like progress checks with your form tutor if you have that in sixth form, and its like a wellbeing session asking how everyones doing, sometimes you also do work but its all casual stuff. Sometimes in courses that are maths heavy, the department can run a help session, where post grads walk about answer questions you have about maths questions. Most the time, independent study is where the real work is done.
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Is it extremely difficult to keep up with deadlines?...I've heard life can be extremely hectic in uni
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It's only difficult if you make it difficult. Alot of the work can be independent but if you organise yourself and prioritise you'll be fine with deadlines.
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Is it extremely difficult to keep up with deadlines?...I've heard life can be extremely hectic in uni
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(Original post by MidgetFever)
First year does really count.

Also references, I had no idea what I was doing in terms of referencing to start with, it cost me a lot of time.
What end result did you get?
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I wish I knew how helpful joining societies could be. The friends I made there are still my friends more than a decade later.
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I wish I knew how to properly revise for exams (I do know now) it would have saved me many (ok 2) resits
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What end result did you get?
As in, grade wise? I've still got two exams to sit but I'm currently averaging 69%. I'm pretty happy with it, I just wished I'd been more serious about it at the start. :lol:
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As in, grade wise? I've still got two exams to sit but I'm currently averaging 69%. I'm pretty happy with it, I just wished I'd been more serious about it at the start. :lol:
Well done tbh I just had so much stress and the the introductory skills lectures and tutorials were **** and didn’t match what the individual units subsequently wanted you to produce they also had a policy of not checking people’s essays...????
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