Here's Why You Should Actually Try Hard During First Year Of University
The start of university can be overwhelming, but here’s why you should actually try hard during your First Year instead of chilling.
First year doesn’t count, right? Wrong. Here’s why we think you should take First Year at uni seriously.
Yeah, maybe your grades don’t count at all towards your final grades, it’s a good idea to use this period to understand how the marking system works and most importantly how to get a good grade. Use this as a sort of testing period to help learn the ins and outs of university.
DEVELOP A ROUTINE
Routines are vital at uni to make sure you revise enough for exams and get your assignments in on time. A routine takes time. Habits don’t just happen overnight. First Year is the perfect time to get your head into gear and get ready for when you really will need to depend on yourself to get sh*t done. You’ll need to learn how to manage your time in terms of both study and social life. That means, sometimes saying no to that night out before a big exam.
AVOID THE SHOCK
Genuinely, if you don’t bother trying during First Year, when you go into Second Year you’re gonna get a huge shock. Avoid the unnecessary stress and focus.
IT’LL HELP YOU GET WORK EXP
If you’re planning on doing a year in industry or relevant work experience during your holidays, your grade can make a huge difference as to who will want to take you on. Just because it doesn’t count towards your final grade doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect how employers look at you. The job market is competitive, even for internships and work exp, do try your best and let them know you’re a hard worker that they want to employ!
IT ACTUALLY MIGHT COUNT
If you end up being a borderline case when results come in the examiners might actually look at your First Year grade to see what decision to make. Julie Bradford, a journalism lecturer from the University of Sunderland, adds that first year marks may be looked at by examiners.
"Even though it doesn't automatically count towards your final degree grade, boards will look at a students' whole record, if they are a borderline case."
Plenty of good reasons, but also you’re paying a lot to be there! Don’t waste your time and get the most out of this awesome experience.