Getting ready for university part 1

With results day looming around the corner the excitement of finishing your A Level or BTEC studies and the chance to go to university is at an all-time high. However, getting ready for university is important, and there are many things that this preparation can help your first few months at higher education past more smoothly.

Textbooks and reading lists

Once you have been accepted on to your course and enrolled, you’ll receive, usually via email, information about your course and a reading list. There will be a general reading list of textbooks that may prove helpful during your studies, your first year or in preparation for what is yet to come.

Textbooks will get you through university, and you’ll undoubtedly will need them to complete coursework and assignments, therefore getting use to their format and reading them efficiently is a much needed skill. However, you won’t necessarily need to buy every single book that any teacher or personal tutor recommends – it really is dependent on a personal basis. If you enjoy reading and know that you will read them during your course or before it begins then buy the amount you feel valuable, but you don’t have to break the bank to only then use the textbooks as a door-stopper for three years.

Visit your university

If you didn’t quite get the chance to visit your university before applying, or even after being accepted it still isn’t too late. You might find that you hate or love the grounds when you first step on to campus. If you are sure you are attending that university then going for a look around will be very helpful on those first few weeks of the term. It offers a chance to walk around and get a feel of the place, learn where the basic or important places are such as, reception, help desk, library, finance or disability office and understanding where the different school or departments are; which will give an indication where you might be studying! You won’t remember where everything is on the first visit but it will start to build a foundation that you can add to once you arrive on your first day.

Complete something from your bucket list

The summer feels like an open ended amount of time that can span forever – but it will end (sorry to burst the bubble). Although students do have many weeks until they have to move or start their degree course, this sunny piece of freedom is a perfect opportunity to complete something off of your bucket list. It could be to go to a festival, visit a country or to simply do something that you haven’t done before. Starting university is a big milestone in any young individual’s life and crossing an item from your bucket list is a great way to begin the next chapter of your life, or to end the last one.

Spend time with your nearest and dearest

The summer is an opportune time to spend it with your friends and family. A holiday with your closest friends is a top choice for many prospective students after the summer term has ended. Usually all of the members in your group have the same stretch of freedom as you and hanging out with each other is easier than before – especially if you are attending different universities. Or maybe a holiday with your immediate family is a good idea, as it can represent a special send off before you have to become a grown up.

Enjoy your time off

A really important point to remember whilst getting ready for university is to just enjoy yourself. You have spent two years working very hard to achieve your best and awaiting the results anxiously. You deserve this time off! Have lazy days in bed, watch films, subscribe to Netflix, and read your entire bookshelf – whatever your heart desires!

Keep up to date with your course

When universities correspond with potential or accepted students there will be vital information in those emails, texts or phone calls. The university’s website will hold lots of useful material about your course, school, department and teachers which you should read.

Become familiar with your university’s website

Furthermore, becoming familiar with your university’s website will actually save you a bit of time later. During the first few months of university, students might end up spending hours looking and clicking around the site unsure of where everything is. Although you might not have an ID number or log in details as of yet, understanding where different areas or helpful information is will be very handy later on. Most universities have electronic libraries, teacher’s contact details or news and updates from the university online and this is a great start for any prospective student.

Keep an eye out of the second part of getting ready for university for more tips and advice about preparing for higher education.