School of Humanities

Academic challenges

The intellectual challenge of studying at university is stimulating and enjoyable. You'll learn about the subject matter that interests you from leading researchers and experts in the field.

However, the academic challenges faced by new students can be quite demanding as you will be expected to take responsibility for your own learning, manage your workload and complete assignments to strict deadlines. This requires self-motivation and dedication.


The challenges

In order to make your transition to university academic life as smooth as possible, there are a number of factors you should consider:

  • adjusting to new teaching methods and ways of learning
  • learning how to study independently
  • dealing with the volume and pace of the workload
  • understanding the different types of assessments
  • understanding the grade structure
  • making the most of the contact hours with your tutors

How the University can help you

The University offers support services and resources to help you adapt:

How to overcome the challenges

There are numerous things you can do to overcome the academic challenges you will face:

  • attend classes and do the work
  • allow yourself time to acclimatise to the new teaching and learning environment
  • discuss academic issues with tutors and lecturers
  • develop a study timetable and stick to it
  • keep on top of reading and revision
  • don’t lose heart if you receive lower marks than you are used to - it takes time to adjust to the assessment and grading style
  • ask for help when you need it


School of Humanities

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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