Whether you’re stepping into a new college or diving into fresh courses,
the challenges and goals ahead await your enthusiasm. Here’s your guide
to preparing for the academic journey of 2024:
Instead of randomly buying recommended books, grab this year’s reading
list. Check if your university library offers ebook versions or explore your local
library for cost-effective alternatives. Get acquainted with all the services your
library provides, and plan your revision sessions by knowing their opening
and closing times.
Dive into the modules you’ll be tackling next year by examining the course map
or syllabus. Understand how you’ll be assessed—whether it’s through lab reports,
coursework, essays, or exams. Clarify if assessments are at the end of the year,
intermittent, individual, or teamwork. Know whether they’ll be conducted online
or in person.
Who to talk to:
Identify key contacts in your faculty, including your personal tutor. Keep important
emails handy for reference, and know where to seek support services for any
issues you might encounter—be it financial hardship or mental health.
Don’t overwhelm yourself by buying everything at once. Assess the necessary
equipment for specific classes—whether it’s your university-provided iPad, student
ID, or items required for clinical sessions. Be prepared, but avoid unnecessary stress
If you are academic, invest in appropriate attire. Expand your wardrobe to avoid
rotating through the same few outfits throughout the year.
Declutter your space in December by going through your room. Digitize information
you need, recycle used notebooks, and part ways with unnecessary items. Create a
clean and organized environment for the upcoming academic challenges.
Apply for student finance early to alleviate stress and long wait times on the phone.
Review your spending habits from the previous year, set new financial goals, and
ensure your schedule accommodates both academics and any part-time work
Evaluate last year’s study techniques and determine if they still suit your needs.
Create a list of new techniques to experiment with during the initial weeks of the
academic year before settling into a routine.