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  • Learn the price of a week's food shop for you. Everyone's costs are different. I average at about £11 a week.
  • Make the most of campus bars. It'll be the last time you get a pint that cheap! £1 pint of coke on campus vs £2.85 off campus...
  • Ignore those stupid letters from the TV licensing people. They aren't going to come knocking on your door (this caused a lot of panic in my flat when we all received a letter even though none of us had been watching anything live or on BBC iplayer).
  • Actually go to your lectures and do the reading!
  • Don't worry if freshers week isn't "the best week of your life" like everyone tells you it's going to be.
  • Try and get involved in at least one non-academic society.
  • Don't think that because first year doesn't count that you can slack off. Instead, use it as a practice run for the rest of your course and figure out your strengths and weaknesses as well as things like how long you need to write an essay start to finish.
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What subject did you take? Also, what was the difference between A-levels and Degrees in terms of written work?
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Wish i knew exactly what you actually needed to get a first in coursework from day one.

Messing up exams didn't hurt nearly as bad as that first coursework mark... That 45 really had me questioning if i was mentally challenged and who let me into a RG.
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These are great tips! I calculated that I have around £20 to spend a week which at first horrified me, but seeing that you average around £11 makes it feel more manageable I like the tip about TV licensing, I know that I would definitely be paranoid about getting arrested for watching TV , I guess that's why its easier to target students to pay for useless things would you say its worth getting a job on top of studying and joining loads of societies?
(Original post by greghayes)
  • Learn the price of a week's food shop for you. Everyone's costs are different. I average at about £11 a week.
  • Make the most of campus bars. It'll be the last time you get a pint that cheap! £1 pint of coke on campus vs £2.85 off campus...
  • Ignore those stupid letters from the TV licensing people. They aren't going to come knocking on your door (this caused a lot of panic in my flat when we all received a letter even though none of us had been watching anything live or on BBC iplayer).
  • Actually go to your lectures and do the reading!
  • Don't worry if freshers week isn't "the best week of your life" like everyone tells you it's going to be.
  • Try and get involved in at least one non-academic society.
  • Don't think that because first year doesn't count that you can slack off. Instead, use it as a practice run for the rest of your course and figure out your strengths and weaknesses as well as things like how long you need to write an essay start to finish.
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Realise that unlike at high school, universities want you to pass (so if you fail an assignment you're seriously doing something wrong) BUT for a lot of courses, they have a limit on the number of firsts they should give (a lecturer admitted to me that they aim for 18% of students getting a first) so that means that on many courses, no matter how hard you study, you need to be in the top percentage of people in your year to actually get a good grade. It's not like high school; 69% is actually a really good grade, even though it feels like a C
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(Original post by CinnamonSmol)
These are great tips! I calculated that I have around £20 to spend a week which at first horrified me, but seeing that you average around £11 makes it feel more manageable I like the tip about TV licensing, I know that I would definitely be paranoid about getting arrested for watching TV , I guess that's why its easier to target students to pay for useless things would you say its worth getting a job on top of studying and joining loads of societies?
On the societies front, I'd say yes (to an extent) in year one. I joined as many as possible, and there's plenty of free ones out there like the student newspaper.
Even if you don't go to meetings or all of the socials, you meet so many people. And, you might find something that you never realise you liked, or want to be part of the committee in later years.
Year 1 is perhaps the best idea for picking up and trying societies and sports just because there's 'less' pressure to do well. Every society is trying to get you to join, and sports will typically have a trial day sometime close to Fresher's Week where everyone who wants to join the sport can do a free session (e.g. I thought I'd join the Quidditch team but after the free session utterly decided not to.)
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If you have 20 quid a week to spend, definitely. You'd be happier working ten hours a week but have 100 quid a week to spend.
(Original post by CinnamonSmol)
These are great tips! I calculated that I have around £20 to spend a week which at first horrified me, but seeing that you average around £11 makes it feel more manageable I like the tip about TV licensing, I know that I would definitely be paranoid about getting arrested for watching TV , I guess that's why its easier to target students to pay for useless things would you say its worth getting a job on top of studying and joining loads of societies?
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I study management, i just didn't realise how to read the question. Also got very confused about not being able to use macroeconomic graphs in a microeconomic essay. Also where the period goes in harvard referencing was a noob mistake.

Instead of..... (Kessock&Mulligan).
I was doing.... This is attributed to. (Fitzler&Jefferey)

Lol, was lost.

It's all good im heading into 3rd year with a strong 67 average. It's all a learning process. I just remember feeling very inadequate. 😂
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What subject did you take? Also, what was the difference between A-levels and Degrees in terms of written work?
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1) For degrees that have more weighting on coursework than exams, I highly recommend placing as much time and effort you can in getting the highest possible marks on coursework. Had I of not spent much of my time doing (wider) research, proof-reading essays or responding to feedback from my tutor; I would have never been able to achieve a 1st class mark in my first year.

2) When your lecturers tell you to do the readings, DO the readings - you never know if what you didn't bother to read might come up in your exam.

3) Join various societies/clubs and 'test the waters' - see which societies are best (or not) for you!
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if someone says that they haven't studied for an exam or say they're probably gonna fail/have to resit, expect them to be lying and attention seeking. They probably have done hours upon hours of revision and are super organised - and will end up with a first.

no seriously, everyone revises in a different way. find a way that suits you, don't compare yourself to others and dont feel bad about taking a day off from revision or going on a night out - so long as you are on top of your work.
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you get out what you put in at university - if you try out a lot of new things and socialise with people at uni, you will have fun. If you don't make an effort to step out of your uni dorm or have to commute home everyday straight after lectures, you're 'uni experience' will be boring.

Also, don't expect your freshers week to be as glamourised and amazing as social media and the news like to portray things. Not everyone makes ever lasting friendships during freshers week - if anything, you will know who your true friends are come 2nd year
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Do the reading. Work.
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do a placement year. finding a Placement can be a challenge as they're very competitive but can be very rewarding if you find one
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University might not be the best 3+ years of your life and that's okay :yy:
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Keep on top of lecture notes and coursework from the start - it can seem like a chore, but it will save you a lot of pain and effort down the line
This is arguably the best, simplest advice from "shadowdweller" you can take on board. Attend everything too - make that a habit from day one. You will in fact reduce stress by doing this. Read your notes again soon after each lecture and seminar. Be specific in your academic reading - remember it's not reading for "pleasure" necessarily but for specific information ie in "chapter ten" only in your reading list. When you've got more experience/time on your hands then sure, read the whole book later in your degree. If there are academic essay-writing classes you can go to, go to them..many Unis ( I know Glasgow) put on these free classes throughout the year. They will gain you marks on answering the essay questions accurately and gain you marks in quality presentation; footnoting; quoting and all the rest. You'll be getting better all the time, and you'll be quietly delighted that yes, you are coping, enjoying yourself and delivering quality work, month on month. Before you know it, it will be next May ! ...
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That you could get an annual bus pass for £40 :grumble: wasted so much money on tickets
Definitely getting one for third year
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(Original post by CinnamonSmol)
These are great tips! I calculated that I have around £20 to spend a week which at first horrified me, but seeing that you average around £11 makes it feel more manageable I like the tip about TV licensing, I know that I would definitely be paranoid about getting arrested for watching TV , I guess that's why its easier to target students to pay for useless things would you say its worth getting a job on top of studying and joining loads of societies?
I have about £20 a week to live on as well (thanks minimum loan :nothing: ) it's hard but it is doable, just make use of places like lidl and aldi and asda smartprice pizzas and stuff are actually really nice
Dont bother with a tv license, i was so paranoid as well but as long as you dont plug it in (i.e it runs off its own internal batteries for the duration of what you are watching) and your parents have a TV license you will be covered by that.
Make sure you reply to them saying you dont need one on their website otherwise you continue to get threatening letters :rolleyes:
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That it's ok to do freshers without drinking and/or drugs!
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That going to your first year lectures is actually a good idea.
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From big fish in small pond to little fish in a very large pond
I actually totally disagree with this. You can be a big fish if you want to be, or little fish if you want to be. Either is totally fine, but don’t assume that just because there are more people, that you won’t be able to find your way to stand out!
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I actually totally disagree with this. You can be a big fish if you want to be, or little fish if you want to be. Either is totally fine, but don’t assume that just because there are more people, that you won’t be able to find your way to stand out!
Sorry I meant this personally to me - not a general statement about others
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