Studying Effectively

Starting your university course

During the first few weeks at Nottingham it's a good idea to make sure that you are familiar with the learning materials that have been provided for you and to spend some time thinking about how you will study.

Here are some important questions that you should be able to answer:

Your programme or course

  • Have you got the Programme Handbook or Guide and have you read it?
  • Are you clear about the Aims and Learning Outcomes for your modules?
  • Do you know how you will be assessed and when and how you need to hand in coursework etc?
  • Have you been allocated a Personal Tutor and do you know how to contact him or her e.g. do you have his/her email address?
  • Do you know your Personal Tutor's office hours?
  • Do you have a date and time when you are supposed to meet with your Personal Tutor, or is it up to you to arrange something?


  • Do you know where computing facilities are (these could be in your School or in the libraries) and how to access them?
  • Can you access Moodle?
  • Do you know where to get help with setting up your own computer?


  • Do you know where the libraries are and when they are open?
  • Do you know where the materials to support your course are held or can be accessed?
  • What guidance is provided on using the library?
  • Many schools organise guided tours or introductions to the library as part of Induction - ask about this.
Student studying in the library



Further reading

Reading and interpreting sources and data

Types of teaching

Being organised

People who can help

Talk to someone in your school or a specialist support service




Studying Effectively

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