Independent learning is about taking control of your work. It's about deciding what you need to know and deciding how you are going to study.
"So when I first arrived at university, I was expecting it not to be too different from school ..."
Being an independent learner
"Well, independent learning - it is important because ... at A level can come out of the class and you know it. At university there is so much more information ..."
Some courses will have a significant proportion of timetabled contact hours (often Engineering, Medicine and Science degrees). However, other courses may have several periods over a week when you will not be in classes but are expected to study independently. Many students find it difficult at first to organise and motivate themselves to undertake this private study and to use this 'free time' effectively.
Differences in coming to University
"I think the biggest change for me was that once you're at university you're fending for yourself ..."
Probably the biggest difference for you will be the need to organise yourself and motivate yourself to study - especially in 'unstructured', non-contact time. It will be your responsibility to implement effective time management strategies and to remind yourself of approaching deadlines. Finding ways to manage day-to-day work without someone checking if you have done things can be challenging, so use the available support and advice available to help you self-manage your workload. These pages offer a number of tips and supplement the support provided by personal tutors and central services (see People who can help).
The first year and starting at University
"In terms of your first year here at university. How's it been and how's it been different from what you'd experienced before?"
"It's been a roller-coaster really ..."
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