Becoming more independent - Francis (BSc Business Administration and International Relations)
It's the freedom I guess. I call it freedom. Some people may find it daunting I guess. Erm, because you are just there in a field of, well, you could have maybe 7000 students around you. And they have to do whatever is asked of them, but on their own accord. So, you are not being helped along. You are not being told, 'if this is what you need to do today, then tomorrow you do this, and then you hand that in, and then you do this.'... No, they just tell you 'this is what you need to do in the next twelve weeks'. So, do that. And no one is going to be there telling you need to come into lectures every day. You need to get up, and you need to come and meet me and you need to come and talk about this coursework. It is all up to you. If you want more advice, you have to come and ask. If you don't, then it is your loss. The lecturer, it is not their role, I think to be chasing you down. It is that maturity that you have to learn I think, when you change. So I think you are left on your own at university. Some people like it, and I like it. But some may find it scary, to know that everything is down to them. Especially as they are used to being helped, after however many years, which started at school. The autonomy. You become autonomous. In college and in 6th form, they had a set timetable. They would tell you 'this week, we are doing this, next week we are doing that. And you should have this by this time and that by that time', but because uni doesn't just break things down just like that. They just give you a big stretch. So, one task, a big task, within this big chunk of time. So you won't know when this chunk when that other chunk should be done.
I found that the only way that you can find out what you should be doing is working backwards. So, if hand in date is say 30th April, work backwards and say 'how many days do I need to save for referencing? How many days do I need to sort out the conclusion? How many days do I need for this and that?', so working backwards, and then you can see, there is already a timetable there.