Are you coming straight from upper secondary school and have questions about university life? Then these courses at UiA will give you some answers and useful tips.
“The transition to university life can be challenging. We want to explain what is expected in higher education, present the services we offer at UiA, and help with study techniques and structure in everyday life,” says Marianne Tønnesen.
She is head of the Writing Lounge and a course instructor at UiA PULS (Centre for Teaching and Learning).
From Tuesday 15 August you can take the course on "becoming a student" on your study programme. The courses will run over two weeks and will provide good tips and information to new students from upper secondary schools and those who were new students during the pandemic.
“Both students and lecturers have given us positive feedback that the courses have been of great help,” says Tønnesen.
So, what is the biggest difference between being in secondary school and being a student?
“You no longer have a class teacher to follow up with you on everything you do. No one tells you what to do or what pages to read for tomorrow. You have to take responsibility for your own learning,” Marianne Tønnesen says.
On a daily basis she provides support and helps students build better study habits. Tønnesen offers her best advice for university life:
“As a student, you’ll study many hours a week, and those hours aren’t always in lectures. Plan your study time, for example from 8 am to 4 pm. Schedule your day differently if you think it’s better to study in the evening,” she says.
Sometimes you just need a break from studying. It is, after all, part of student life to look for new experiences. Tønnesen suggests looking for voluntary work, an academic society (linjeforening) or a part-time job. It will look good on your CV when you are looking for a job after graduation.
“You’ll gain experience, make friends and get to know the campus,” she says.
Tønnesen encourages everyone to take courses or make use of guidance on taking exams.
Around 2300 students have been offered a course about becoming a student at semester start, but there is still room for more. Most of the courses are held by bachelor's or master's students who will help new students. It is all organised by UiA PULS.
Services for students at UiA: