Transcript for Academic life video
You'll find lots of help on offer for you for you studies, from your course and advisor to the Student's Union or University support services. Hopefully you'll quickly make connections on your course that can become your critical friends, and maybe your actual friends but having somewhere to turn to is going to be crucial if you get into your flow.
Worry less about who that is, just have these connections in mind. Be willing to ask for support. Universities are collaborative places building on each others knowing and leaning on your contacts for support.
Try and identify the signs of where and when you might need support before it becomes a bit too critical. There is also a lot to be said for doing hard work and trying to find the answer. Contacting your teachers knowing that you've done your reading and put some thought into how might solve your question goes a long way. Knowing what your asking is a long way from shouting help at the last minute. Just know that everyone is on your side, the people in these offices are not here to catch you out.
First, PhDs, Faculties, Divisions and Schools. There's a whole language unique to University life that you will soon pick up. It's new for everyone though so you'll learn it together rather than on your own.
One of the most powerful ways to ensure you are learning what you need to, is to reach out to what is there. Make sure you attend lectures and seminars. Make sure you attend lectures and seminars and if you can't, try and access the materials via podcasts and online resources. Go to office hours of your advisors, make an effort to get to know and work with the other students on your course this will only benefit you. Your hard work is what has got you here and you should give yourself the credit you deserve.
Once you're here, you'll be supported to take your academic work up a level. Reading, writing and designing at University are meant to challenge you. Remember that you are meant to be learning and growing whilst you are here. Universities are all about contributing to our understanding of the world of the world. Your perspective and understanding are key to us adding to the body of knowledge in your subject. We are going to learn from each other.
Making the jump to university studies is a challenge but one that we do take together. There is an extensive amount of support offered by the University with regular workshops, drop-ins and a variety of staff to with regular workshops, drop-ins and a variety of staff to help.
There is a helping help reaching out any time you need it, it's normal to feel stuck and unsure when adjusting to the academic requirements of university but taking advantage of these means of support can ease these pressures massively
Remember, you're not alone and every student will have felt this way at some point. With a bit of practice and support, completing exams and assignments and adding to what you understand in your area will become second nature.