Starting at University

It’s exciting to start at university. It will be different from your previous learning experiences. Let’s look at some common questions first year students ask.

Whether you’ve come straight from school or are coming back to study after a break, you’ll find studying at university is different in many ways from your previous learning experiences.  It doesn’t matter whether you are studying in person or online, it’s a whole different ball game. The good news is, if you know what to expect, you’ll quickly adapt and hit the ground running. You’ll be more confident and ready to go. So, how is learning and teaching organised at Lincoln University and what is expected of you as a student?   

You are in charge of your time. Being an independent learner means you dictate the “How, Where and When” of your study time. You have to step up and manage your own learning rather than have the comfort of being managed by a teacher. You have to take responsibility for your learning. No one will give you all the answers, you need to take an active role, ask questions and get the information you need. It can be a bit intimidating at first, but you are ready for this.

This doesn't mean you are on your own though- engaging with your lecturers and classmates is vital to your learning.  However, it does mean that far less direction is given to you and you are calling the shots.

For example, you set your own study goals and decide how you will plan out your weekly and semester time schedule. You decide how you will attend class and how actively you will participate in class discussions or forums. You decide how much time you will spend engaging with online course resources each week. You decide when you will start working on assessments and what support you will use. There’s a lot to think about. This page answers some common questions about how to optimise your learning experience at university.

What do I do if I need help?

If you are unsure or a bit confused about something, it’s important to ask for help as soon as possible. Don’t feel uncomfortable about it, everyone appreciates students who ask questions.  Asking for help will make you far more successful in your studies. So, when do I ask questions?

Often, it’s hard to judge how well you are progressing in your study unless you check in with others. Sometimes working things out by yourself is sufficient. But at other times, it is good to work in groups or ask an expert such as a lecturer, tutor or learning advisor for advice. So, become aware of all supporting resources available to you, and make full use of them!  

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