Although 1st year was a complete blur of laughs, lectures, and life; it also included reading.
I know – shock, horror, teenagers have to open a book.
Personally I love reading, so keeping up with the reading alongside my lectures wasn’t really a chore, it just helped me fully understand what I’d been taught, or the concepts I was about to study.
However, there is quite a lot of it – especially now I’ve reached 2ndyear – but it’s not an impossible amount, and it’s honestly really useful for having a broader knowledge of your subjects.
I know that when you look on the Moodle page (the Virtual Learning Environment here at Manchester Met) and you see the long list of reading materials relevant to the course, your heart sinks, because how am I going to fit all this in? As well as have a social life, as well as getting a lie in etc etc… fear not, I believe I have cracked it!
Treat uni like a job. I know, it sounds boring, but think about it. You don’t want to be going home after your 10am lecture, and sitting at home for hours, knowing at the back of your mind that you probably have lecture notes to write up,and you probably shouldn’t be watching another episodes of the Chase. Sound familiar? Thought so.
Instead of rushing to the bus stop as soon as you finish your lecture, go to the library for 2 or 3 hours. It honestly changes your entire day. Working at the library is so useful, I find, because it’s a separate place from my bedroom, where I know I’d open a book and then turn on‘Come Dine With Me’… and not get anything done.
The library is a great place to find books. Obviously.
Pretty much all the books on the reading list are in the library, meaning that while you’re there, you may as well pick one or two up. You can keep them for 2 weeks and that should be enough time for anyone to get round to actually opening it.
All in all, my advice is to spend at least an extra hour or two per day in the library, meaning you can catch up with any reading, or even get ahead. It’s so useful and I wish I’d done it since the start of uni.