Adapting to Academic Study

  • University study requires discipline and hard work
  • Good attendance of lectures is vital to academic performance
  • University study also requires independent learning and reading around your course
  • You are in control of how much you achieve

Why Attend Lectures & Tutorials?

Attending lectures and tutorials has a proven impact on grades.

  • Ask questions and get clarifications from your tutors and other students.
  • You risk missing important context if you try to rely only on revision notes (from Blackboard or other students)
  • Exams and coursework are easier if your attendance is good. The things the lecturer emphasises in class are often what’s most important for assignments.

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For more information see Attendance and Absence.

Independent Study

Lectures, tutorials and set homework provide you with the basics, but you’re expected to go beyond that and do some independent studying.

  • Do the background reading suggested by your tutors
  • Follow the news related to your chosen field
  • Follow the job market in your sector


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You will benefit from the wider knowledge this gives you. When you’re faced with a question or a problem to solve you’ll know where to start looking for case studies and examples. It helps you make more sense of your subject and may also be helpful when preparing for coursework and exams (or job interviews).

Help to improve your study skills

The Student Development and Study Skills Service can help you improve your academic confidence and performance. They provide advice, learning materials and tutorials.