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Study in England: What’s Different and What to Expect Part 2

Part 2 (find part 1 here):

Academic Induction

Your first week will also include an introduction to your course, the opportunity to look around the university facilities such as the library and meet your personal tutor.

Most undergraduate courses take the structure of lectures and seminars. Lectures being the larger sessions where a faculty member will explain and teach the subject material and seminars which are lead by a faculty member and allow students the opportunity to expand the material covered in lectures and discuss ideas and challenge opinions. Take time to familiarise yourself with the building you will be having lectures and seminars in as well as the library and IT systems. Most universities offer an IT induction which is well worth attending to get to grips with the system.

You will also be given the opportunity to meet your personal tutor. Your tutor will be a member of your subject faculty and is there to support you both academically and personally. Take time to meet with your tutor and take note of their contact information and office hours so you know when you can see and talk to them. Your tutor is your first point of contact if you are struggling in any way whilst at university.

If you have any problems at all, not necessarily specific problem with a piece of work, you can see and speak to your tutor. If you are finding anything difficult such as understanding the language, settling in or trouble with a particular assignment, your tutor will be able to help. It is beneficial to always try to see your tutor before any problems start affecting your grade.

If you are struggling with a piece of work and need additional support, see your tutor before the date it is due to be handed in.

If you are unhappy then speak to your tutor before making any big decisions (such as to return home). There is always something that can be done to support you and you never have to suffer alone.


Student Support

British universities take pastoral care very seriously and know that academic success depends on students being happy and healthy. This means that most universities have a department committed to supporting students. Should you feel unhappy, overwhelmed, homesick or worried about yourself or another student in any way, the student support may be able to help you.

Student support can also point you in the direction of any academic support you may need such as language help, research guidance or writing workshops.  

Your first weeks at university should be an opportunity to embrace your new surroundings and grow accustomed to the new culture and customs as well as make new friends. Do not be alarmed if you are overwhelmed or anxious. Everyone around you, whether British or not, is feeling the same thing. Take advantage of the opportunities, meet your tutors and familiarise yourself with the campus and you will be well prepared to face the next few years.


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