Despite all the stereotypes around students being lazy and good for nothing, mass alcohol consumers, we understand that there’s actually bloomin’ loads of work involved at university, especially if you’re doing a law degree.
For this reason, studying can be very stressful, particularly in the latter years of study. But it’s important that you don’t get swamped down with work and feel that there isn’t help available to you. Every university will offer a variety of different study services that you can make the most of to ensure that your studying goes as smoothly as possible.
Talk to your tutor
If your studies aren’t going as smoothly as you would like and you’re about to buckle under the pressure of three pieces of coursework, your first port of call should be your tutor or lecturer. It’s their job to make sure you perform to the best of your ability and they’re likely to have felt the same in their own studies – they are academics after all and have a few degrees under their belt. Whether it’s advice on time management or some extra advice on how to write up your arguments, tutors are extremely helpful when it comes to study help and advice. Don’t be embarrassed to see them – you’d rather do that than fail, wouldn’t you?
Dean of Students’ support
If your tutor doesn’t quite cut it when it comes to offering study advice, or for whatever reason you can’t bring yourself to see them, most universities will have a Dean of Students’ service you can make the most of.
If you’re not sure what we mean when we mention Dean of Students’ services, they offer advice on all aspects of student life, from money management to pesky housemates. As you can imagine, they’re pretty in demand given that they have a whole university to serve, but offer study skills advice, free of charge and usually appointments are kept confidential. So you don’t have to worry about them grassing you up to your lecturer if you haven’t the foggiest where to start with your exam revision!
Dean of Students’ services offer workshops on study and revision skills, how to write academically and the mathematical or statistical part of your course.
Students’ Union advice
Believe it or not, your students’ union doesn’t exist solely for the purpose of providing cheap alcohol en masse. They may also offer guidance and study advice, as well as campaigning on your behalf to get things changed for the better. For example, if you have a manic exam timetable that consists of four exams in two days, you could speak to the students’ union to see if they could campaign to make sure students have a maximum of one exam a day.
Students’ unions can also offer advice and help on how to report extenuating circumstances.
The ol’ bachelor’s degree does contain a lot of work but it shouldn’t become a burden. You should be passionate about the work you’re doing and there’s no shame in asking for advice – it’s often the case that students’ getting the highest grades have sought advice at some point during their degree!