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Top tips for student life from Olivia Simpson

Top tips for student life from Olivia Simpson

One of our recent graduates, Olivia Simpson, shares her top tips for life at the University of Wolverhampton.

It's coming up to your first week at university! I bet the summer went quicker than expected, and you're feeling a bit nervous now? But don't worry; it's important that you know that you're not alone. Every student joining their first year at university may feel some anxiety, so don't beat yourself up.

Secondly, university can be some of the best years of your life, so get excited about this chance to make lifelong friends, study what you enjoy and have fun!

Find the help and support you need

  1. Don't be afraid to ask for help or clarification if you need it – this goes for all aspects of university life, in your lectures, support with your wellbeing, finding your way around campus and understanding your assignments. And that leads me to my second tip…
  2. Engage with all the different services the university offers- skills for learning, wellbeing support, social sports, the Students' Union etc. The University has a lot to offer outside the classroom, so take advantage of it while you're a student.
  3. Look after your health and wellbeing – student life can be busy, and stresses can mount up and really take their toll - so it's essential to take the time to prioritise your mental wellbeing. Student Minds has lots of helpful advice.

Get to grips with academic life

  1. Get a good understanding of your IT essentials as early as possible – that includes Canvas, myWLV and OneDrive – using OneDrive means your work will automatically save, which is a lifesaver during assessments!
  2. Manage your time – block off or designate time in your day for studying outside lectures, and consider spending this time in the library or starting a study group with some of your classmates.
  3. Start the assignment as soon as you get it! Leaving assignments until the last minute is incredibly stressful – you can start simple with some extra reading or just making some notes with ideas on the assessment outline.

Take every opportunity

  1. When it comes to University, you really do get out what you put in – so I'd encourage you to go the extra mile whenever you can. Complete additional tasks, do lots of reading and attend all your teaching activities.
  2. Take advantage of every opportunity – consider a paid or voluntary role on campus to meet new people and build your network. There are Student Ambassador roles and Wellbeing Champion opportunities.
  3. Attend events and join a society – don't just go straight home after lectures, spend some time on campus, or join the gym – it's a great way to meet new people.

Good luck with your studies, and I hope you have a great time at the University!

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