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Things you can do to prepare for next year

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Summer is here! It’s the time to take some time to relax and unwind after a busy year and another assessment period. That said, there are still a few things that either need doing or that are worth keeping in mind to help you get ahead for the next academic year.  Although you might not feel like doing Uni admin, it really will help come September:

Course Units

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 and the options for next semester are already live!

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 mind maps of whatever you’re interested in, then think about topics and narrow it down as much as you can – dissertations are deceptively short. Check My Learning Essentials Choosing your dissertation topic and Dissertation planning for some tips and advice.

Think about Going Abroad

Not just on holiday over summer, but the summer break is good time to explore whether you can go abroad as part of your studies here at Manchester. Opportunities to study, work or volunteer abroad vary from course to course, but they aren’t just for those students on courses with it integrated. From a few weeks, to a semester to a year – there are options for most students!

Get ahead with your reading

If you’re feeling motivated, you can start reading around subjects you know you’re taking next year. Take a look at Megan’s top reading tips to get you through your degree.

Study Skills

Is there something you struggled with this year or you’d like to improve? If you’re looking to stay occupied you could always brush up on study skills. The Library’s  My Learning Essentials online resources cover everything from presenting skills and group work, to exploring the University’s special collections and subject specific databases. There’s also practical support for things like time management, critical reading and writing and analysing sources. They don’t take long to complete, but could be useful refreshers as the beginning of semester gets closer!

If you’re interested in developing new skills that will help either your academic work or career aspirations, you could take a look at LinkedIn Learning which is offering a month’s free trial (just don’t forget to cancel before you’re charged!)

Moving from halls?

As your plans for next year become more clear, you’ll need to 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, and cooking. If you haven’t already, take a look at our tips for things to think about.


Don’t just take our word for it, read student writer Megan’s tips for getting prepared for next year!

But, most importantly, enjoy your summer and be proud of what you’ve achieved. Once you’re finished with your academic work take some time to relax and catch up with friends and family.

Your My Manchester newsletters will be taking a break over summer, but  we’ll be posting regularly on  Student News and Instagram so you can keep up to date. If there is anything we need to update you about we will email you – so occasionally check your emails!

We hope to see you all next academic year!

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