Advice for your next semester

By Sarah Talty, 4th year Journalism and New Media

Every year the same thing happens. We put off our deadlines, don’t attend lectures and tutorials and fail to study for exams in time. Every year this happens and every year we tell ourselves, ‘next semester will be different’. Well this is a warning to you right now while you still have time to turn it all around!

  • Go to all your tutorials.
  • If you don’t go to some lectures at least get the notes off Sulis.
  • Skip one or two nights out in favour of a late night in the library and clear head the next day.
  • Start your assignments at least three weeks before the deadline, not a few days before.
  • Keep a list of all your deadlines on your bedroom wall or in the front of your notebook and tick them off as they’re completed.
  • Attend the free workshops, classes and help advertised in your student mail such as citation workshops.
  • Figure out if you work better in college or at home so you know where to study for study week.
  • Go to classes even if your friends aren’t going.
  • Spend a few hours in the library every day and work steadily, rather than just letting all your work pile up to the last minute.
  • Make a reasonable study plan and stick to it.
  • Get the Writing Centre to help you with your essays now instead of rushing in minutes before your deadline.
  • Organise your notes as you go along so you’re not panicked searching for them during study week.
  • If you’re having trouble in a module go to your lecturer’s office hours and ask them for help.
  • Trade being relaxed after tests you’re almost sure you’ve passed for a few weeks of stress and worry now.

 

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Tips and advice for new students at UL

By Nadine Kimak

Sometimes your life can be a lot easier if you get a tip or advice from someone. Especially as a new student at UL. That’s why I thought about a couple of tips and advice and maybe I can help you solve a problem or answer a question.

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  1. Just ask!

If you are not sure where to go, where your room is located, where the next restaurant is or anything else. Just ask!

People at UL are mostly really nice and helpful. They will tell you where to go or help you use the printer. If you just ask a student or person you see on campus, they will probably help you. And most of the time there will always be someone around campus. So don’t be shy.

  1. Look at the website

If you have specific question you can try the UL website or the website for the Students Union.

On these websites you will find details about your studies, Clubs & Societies and so much more. Just open the website and have a look. It might be really helpful.

  1. Join a Club or Society

You are new on campus and you want to find some other students with similar interests?

Just join a Club or Society. There are over 70 active Clubs & Societies at UL such as Athletics, Basketball, Krav Maga, Rowing, WindSports, Anime and Manga, Dance UL, Games, International Society and many more.

When you join a Club or Society it is guaranteed that you will meet new people and have a lot of fun.

  1. Find your balance

I know that your studies always have priority and that’s right. But in my opinion a good balance between studying and having fun is important, too. Enjoy your life as a student at UL. Go out, meet friends or join a club or society. It is important to sometimes get you mind off of your studies and assignments. This balance will get you a good break and afterwards you can focus even more. But always take a break.

  1. Don’t be frustrated.

I know that UL has a big campus and a lot of different buildings. And especially at the beginning it takes a little bit of time to get used to it. But don’t be too frustrated. With a little bit of practice or guidance in the first couple of weeks you will get the hang of it. Also in the orientation week you will get a campus tour and they tell you about the structure and systems of the buildings.

 

All in all, just enjoy the time at UL. And somehow you will figure everything, with some help or without, doesn’t matter.

nadineNadine is an Erasmus student from Germany. She is studying Social Science in Limerick for two semesters. She loves to work with people, do sports and explore Ireland.