• Question: How difficult was university compared to High School?

    Asked by RhysM to LHCb, ISOLDE, CMS, Beam Team, ALPHA, AEgIS on 20 Nov 2023.
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      Mary Richardson-Slipper answered on 20 Nov 2023:

      I personally found it quite a jump – you are required to self-motivate your learning and it is your responsibility to learn. I went to a college for my A-levels so had a taste for this already, but going to university you need to organise your time yourself and you won’t have so much contact with your lecturers that you had with your teachers at school. That being said, if you love the subject you are doing and can get into a routine you can do well. Learn good study techniques, ask questions and be curious!

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      Kay Dewhurst answered on 27 Nov 2023:

      I found the first year of uni to be about the same difficulty (content-wise) as A-level. But after first year, I found things got a lot harder. Mostly because there’s less contact with your lectures than you typically have with teachers at school/college. I think that makes it more difficult to know whether you’re really on track or falling a bit behind.
      I would advise you to make use of any workshops, tutorials and ‘office hours’ (which is when your lecturer will be available in their office for you to ask them questions) at your uni. Use these opportunities to ask about areas where you are unsure, to check your understanding.