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2019年9月20日 作者来自史丹福郡大学生命科学与教育学院

The prospect of going to university isexciting but can also be a daunting time. There are many questions to addressand a number of unknowns, then there’s the challenge of imposter syndrome –wondering whether you’ll fit in with other students along with fears about howto make your own way in the world. And that’s before you’ve even thought abouthow to be a successful student.


There are a number of nuggets of wisdom wewould love to be able to give our younger selves to smooth the path throughuniversity. Some are to do with balancing study and paid work, others to dowith balancing study and social life. But on reflection, one of the mostimportant would be changing the way we looked at, and interacted with, theassessments we had to complete as part of our degrees.


In our roles at Staffordshire University,we have both become increasingly interested in how students learn within highereducation. Our research looks at how talking with peers, tutors, family andfriends can prepare students for assessments and make the most of feedback.


Have a support network


If you are struggling, talk to people –your tutor, peers and family are all there to help you. Don’t close in on yourselfor start thinking “I can’t do this” – you can. Seek guidance and think aboutwhat needs to be different to make the situation OK.


Get to know your course mates, but makesure you form your own ideas and opinions.


If you’re finding your assignmentsdifficult, talk to other students in your lectures or seminars. Hearing notjust different viewpoints but seeing where others are coming from gives breadthto your work. Listen to your peers and practise expressing your own views –this can help to give you clarity around tricky subjects and will help you togrow and expand in your scholarly work. But don’t try to be someone else – eventhose who appear more successful than you.


Learn from your mistakes


When it comes to essays and assessments,your first attempt shouldn’t be your last. You need to read over your draftsand make changes to what you have written. This is editing, it makes for a moresuccessful assignment – as rarely can you write something just right first timeround.


There’s no doubt about it, startinguniversity can be a scary time, but knowing how to tackle your assignments,having a support network and being open to new learning experiences can allmake the process much smoother – and will hopefully help you enjoy your studiesover the coming years.