With exams almost over and the long summer vacation ahead, thinking about September is probably the last thing on your mind, but there are couple of things that either need doing or that are worth thinking about to help you when you get back:
Many of you will be sent a course handbook or given a list of modules to choose from, make sure you dedicate some time to thinking about your next course modules – and check the deadline for choosing. For some of you this might be over summer.
Find out who will be teaching what and don’t just look at the introduction or title, instead try and find out what’s covered each week. If in doubt, you can email the course leader to find out more. On a similar note, if you want to experiment on studying outside your degree, check out the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning. They offer a wide variety of course units that support you in developing your interpersonal skills and having a well-rounded education.
Are you a second year student? Start thinking about dissertation topics
We understand, the last thing you want to do is think about that dissertation, but getting a head start or even putting together a simple plan will massively help you in the long term. Do some brainstorming, mind maps chart whatever you’re interested in, then think about topics and narrow it down as much as you can – dissertations are deceptively short.
Want to do a year abroad? Start thinking about it now!
If you want to do a year abroad then it’s time to start planning it, you will have to set things in motion at the start of next semester. The benefits and experiences of this can be extremely eye opening and rewarding. However, spending a year abroad will extend your degree by a year so you will have to think carefully whether this is feasible for you. Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Moving from halls?
Have a think about what you might need to bring back that you didn’t have in halls – and have a chat with your new housemates about who’s bringing what! Also spend some time talking about how you plan to work things like bills, shopping, cooking. If you haven’t already, take a look at our tips for things to think about.
It’ll all help you settle in quickly next term.
Enjoy your summer! Remember to make the most of any experience, but more importantly try and take some time to relax and catch up with friends and family.
See you in September!