Have you applied for a higher education course through UCAS? Are you thinking about studying for a foundation degree or degree? It can be quite a big jump in studying from further education (FE) to higher education (HE), and for some students, it can take a lot of getting used to.
Whether you decide to study at Reaseheath or another Higher Education institution, the challenges are the same.
Firstly, deadlines really mean deadlines. You might have been given a few extra days by a kind module tutor in FE. If an assignment must be submitted by 5pm on a certain date, failure to submit may mean you get a big zero for that assessment at HE. And then you have to pay to resit it…
Self-motivation is really important at university. If class sizes are large, as they are in some universities, lecturers may well not know who you are, yet alone chase you up if you don’t attend lectures or submit work. Being able to sit yourself down to complete coursework on time can be a challenge, but it is a skill that can be developed.
We’ve all been guilty of putting away classwork and then not looking at it until the next session, or even not until exam revision time. In higher education, though, it is expected that you read around the topic.
Not all of the information will be given to you in class – there are recommended reading lists to help you widen your knowledge. You’ll only get high marks if you show that you’ve studied independently and used a wide range of sources of information, referenced correctly.
Ah yes – referencing. Even we lecturers are bored by it, but it’s not us who could be chucked off the course, or at least fail a module, if you don’t do it properly. You don’t have to memorise all the details, just know where to check. Course handbooks will contain information on the correct way to reference – follow it. Interpret and develop information you find, don’t just type in out word for word. Most universities nowadays use software to check for plagiarism (using someone else’s work and passing it off as your own). Plagiarism isn’t just copying someone else’s work, it’s using information, even a sentence, and not changing the words to interpret it into your own words.
Finally, make the most of it. Have fun, but study hard too – you’re paying for your education, so you should make sure you get your money’s worth out of it! You wouldn’t spend thousands on a car and then leave it on the driveway. So why spend much, much more on an education and then not turn up for lectures, or not hand in work?