The final year of university is one of the most anticipated yet stressful periods in a student’s academic journey. If not well prepared for, this roller coaster might come with a few tears. The most important thing to remember is that you will pull through and with hard work you will graduate.
Here are some points that might help you in your final year of University.
- Start from Day One
Rome was not built in a day. In order to get that First class, you need to have a strong work and study etiquette first year. Depending on your course, the third and fourth year of your course will be the most important and crucial to your final classification. It is important to be well prepared by reading extensively in order to broaden the information given in the lecture notes or guidelines.
- Be organised
Make sure you spend a good amount of time researching your dissertation or projects topics. Do extended reading and then plan how you will answer the dissertation questions, essays or go about your project. Make a study timetable for exams and aim to finish your coursework ahead of time so that you can simply review and make minor corrections closer to the deadline.
It is important to understand the specific requirements for submission of coursework such as deadlines, ethics forms, font size, referencing etc. This will help to reduce the stress.
Being organised will save you a lot of pressure and stress when it comes to submitting coursework. Some students thrive under pressure but this is not the case for others. Only you can determine the situations and environments you are most productive. Either way, being organised allows you to get the upper hand on the manic rush to deadlines and even getting a better grade.
- You can work in a team
Study groups are key to success as you can gain a lot of information from your fellow course mates or friends. This creates an environment where you can ask questions freely and gain a lot of understanding which you might not necessarily get in lectures. You can also gain a lot of support and motivation from your fellow students.
Aside from study groups you can get a friend or someone reliable and trusted to proofread your work. Sometimes you can miss out little mistakes in your work that a fresh pair of eyes can quickly spot.
It is important that the dissertations or essays that you submit are done by ONLY by you and in your own words. Review your universities rules on plagiarism.
- Attend ALL your lectures and tutorials
This seems like a no-brainer but seriously gone are the days where you miss a couple of lectures each week. There is a lot of individual work needed in a final year and you have to make the most of the information you are given in lectures and tutorials.
- Attend various study skills sessions that your university may offer
Universities offer a lot of help when it comes to studying skills, dissertation writing, referencing etc. Attending one or more of these can very helpful and improve the quality of your work.
- Build a good rapport with your supervisor
Supervisors are university staff that are experts in either your dissertation or project topic, they are there to guide you through the process of writing a dissertation or completing a project. Supervisors can either make or break you and a lot of the time you cannot choose your supervisor. Communication is key, understanding how they work and what they require from you is very important. Make sure you listen to them and try your best take on their criticism and corrections however harsh. It can also help be read some of the previous papers or research journals they have produced to understand their style of writing. You should also take into consideration that your supervisor will be involved in marking your coursework. Obviously, you cannot bribe them but you can be respectful and show a keen interest in your work.
- What is Next?
Taking your mind away from the all the deadlines and assessments from time to time is encouraged. You can plan what you want to do after graduation, this gives you something to look forward to. You might look into planning an awesome holiday adventure or even start applying for jobs and graduate schemes so that you are a step ahead of your mates in securing a job.
- Stay calm and Graduate
Yes, it is stressful period!!! There may be some tears, some anxiety and even thoughts of dropping out but remember others have passed through your course and graduated, so can you. Take a break and give yourself a treat if things become overwhelming. Celebrate the little victories and look forward to your bright future.