Every Monday, firstpoint publishes our top five tips on a topic related to life at university. We’ll cover a wide range of topics such as making the most of your time at university, help with your studies, working through the challenges of communal living or maybe looking after yourself during exams and assessments.
firstpointFIVE021 – New Semester, New You!
Tip 1: Plan and prepare
We trust you enjoyed your Christmas break, and hopefully you are refreshed and ready to get stuck back into study. Now would be a good time to set up a meeting with your Personal Academic Tutor to discuss your progress and next steps.
You can also use this time to build upon the progress you have already made in semester one, by making use of all the resources that are available. How about booking an appointment with the RLF Writers in Residence? They offer confidential one-to-one support on the puzzling aspects of academic writing, grammar, structure and style. For more details and information on booking please see the Writers in Residence webpage.
You can also find study skills information in firstpoint, with electronic copies available on the study skills webpages. Feel free to browse the different leaflets and take the resources away.
With any luck, after doing all of this preparation, you will fly through semester two.
Tip 2: Make a change
Most of your module selections were decided at least a semester ago, if not longer. After your last couple of months studying, it’s possible that you’ve changed your mind about a semester two module; your interests might have changed or maybe you think a different module would be a better fit for your future career choices.
Luckily, you have some flexibility to change a semester two module, usually up until the third week of teaching. You can make a request via your SOLE page, under the Course Information tab in the module change request section.
If you want to talk through your options you can book an appointment with a Programme Adviser via SOLE>Course information tab or at their booking website.
Tip 3: Expand your horizons
For even bigger changes and challenges, why not study abroad? Dip your toe in by visiting for a semester or take the plunge with a whole year abroad. For more information about the range of possibilities, pop in to the Study Abroad area in firstpoint and have a look through the guides. Alternatively you can book an appointment with the Study Abroad Co-ordinator via firstpoint or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tip 4: Look to the future
The turn of the year is always a good time to stop and reflect on your past decisions and look to where your choices are leading you. It might be useful to meet with a member of the Careers and Employability Service. They run one-to-one appointments, as well as workshops and drop-in sessions. They can provide you with guidance and inspiration about your future career, and help you to develop your employability skills ready for the next stage in your life.
Tip 5: Take part
Students come to university for a variety of reasons. Most come for a qualification, others for the pleasure of studying a subject they enjoy, and some because they feel they should or have been sent by an employer.
Whatever your reasons for being here, your time at university is not solely about your academic path. There are many opportunities to discover new interests, explore new places and meet a range of new people. The Students’ Union is a good place to start; Refreshers Week runs from the 20th January and there will be lots of events and useful information available to help you plan your next steps. They have an amazing range of clubs and societies, as well as opportunities to get involved with the local community and join in with fundraising as part of the SU Raise and Give group.
It’s not too late to sign up for the University’s employability award. Find out more on our Worcester Award blog post.
Why not have a look at firstpoint’s Making the Most of your Time at University webpage, which lists some of the extra activities you could get involved with: join the gym, attend a workshop, develop a business idea – or maybe you just Fancy a Cuppa as a way to meet other students.
Find out all the possibilities that are available to you as a student at the University of Worcester and make the most of every opportunity!