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How to Prepare for Your Final Year at University

By Maggie Hammond on 08-12-2017

Entering your final year at university can be a little overwhelming. After experiencing tougher topics and deadlines in your second year, you might be a little scared about what third year might bring. Fortunately, there are ways can prepare for your final year at university.

Start Your Reading List Early

Give yourself a head start by tackling your reading list before the first day of your final year. Many students buy their textbooks and wait for third year to begin to start reading, but this is a big mistake. Lecturers will provide your reading list early, so you will know what to expect from the remainder of your course. So, avoid scratching your head in confusion in a lecture or seminar, and read as many books as you can during the summer break between second and third year. You will be glad you did.

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Find the Right Student Accommodation

It is not uncommon for students to spend their first and second year partying, which can impact their results. Third year, however, often allows many students to make up for their mistakes, as their final grades can significantly impact their degree result. It is therefore beneficial to find luxury student accommodation that will provide a space for students to relax in style and study in comfort, so you can maximise your studying for an upcoming exam or writing coursework.

Talk to Your Tutor

Your tutor will know exactly what you can expect from a course in your final year. It might be a wise idea to book a meeting with them to identify what you will need to do, and how you can do it. You can guarantee he or she will have plenty of advice and stories to share, so they can help you feel a little more confident and focused when entering the last year of your course.

Create a Plan

Buy a diary so you can effectively plan your final year. Write down starting dates, coursework or exam dates, and book appointments with a personal tutor and lecturers. Also, if a piece of coursework is due in three months’ time, schedule when you will finish your first, second and third draft before submitting it to a lecturer.

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Arrange Group Study Sessions

You can guarantee your university friends will be just as nervous as you to enter third year. Ensure you all receive superb grades by arranging group study sessions, so you can learn effectively from each other. Ask each other questions, enjoy topic discussions and make the sessions fun, as you will be more likely to remember what you learned in the group study. However, only invite people to a study session who are willing to work hard and focus, or they could become an unnecessary distraction.

Do you have any top tips for preparing for a final year at university? Are you nervous about entering your third year? If so, please feel free to post a comment below.

 

Written by Maggie Hammond. Maggie is a retired nurse and freelance writer, exploring and writing in the U.S. in retirement. An advocate for public health and nursing qualifications, she feels passionate about raising awareness of the current strain on public health organisations.

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