During your first year on an undergraduate course, the grades which you receive are rarely important, as you will only have to bag yourself a passing score. When you reach the final year, you will be focused on a single piece of work; your dissertation. Coupled with the added responsibility you get at this stage, these features of the start and end of university make the second year the most challenging. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring all of the areas which will have to be covered if you want to be successful during the hardest part of your studies.
Time: Given that your grades will mean a lot more at this point, it will be time to get as serious as you can about your work. You will have to learn to put lectures, exams, and revision before spending nights out, however tempting it can be to ignore these important parts of student life. Most courses are designed so that most of your work is done in your own time. In the second year, this will begin to become important, and you have to be ready to take on the extra work to pick up the slack.
Money: Student financing companies aren’t known for the leniency when it comes to late applications. You will have to refresh this each year, letting them know how much you need to borrow or receive as grants, and this will have to be done within their deadline. To make sure you achieve this goal, it will be important that you handle your application as early as possible, including everything they ask you for.
Accommodation: In your first year of study, most students will have the chance to live on campus, using accommodation provided by the university. You might not get this luxury in your second year, though, leaving you to find a place for yourself. Companies like Fortis Student Lettings can make this process a lot easier for you, offering a similar system to the one you had in the first year. Along with this, a lot of people will want to look for ways to save money on the property they use at this stage of their studies.
Peer Study: As you get through more and more of your time at university, you will be expected to work independently of the professors and lecturers who teach you. This leaves you and your peers to rely on one another for support during your second year at school. Clubs, shared resources, and loads of other methods can be used to pass information around. Of course, though, you have to make sure that no one is cheating through it.
Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the time which you put into your second year of university. It can be easy to feel relaxed about this part of your education, especially if the first went very well. Of course, though, like any part of education, you always have to take this time seriously.