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Enhance your chances


There are other ways you can help enhance your chances of success...


Here are some tips to help you get the balance:

  • Where you can, schedule in study time around other commitments you can’t move – and stick to it!
  • If it’s a social life you’re after, maybe don’t go out every night. Scale back and reward yourself by going out once you’ve got the work done, that way you can enjoy it guilt-free.
  • Set up your own study groups. It doesn’t have to be with people from your course. That way you can spend time together – with food, music, (non-alcoholic) drink – while getting in that study time you need.


You can save valuable time and stress if you write up your notes from lectures straight away, while it’s fresh in your mind. When reading you should also make notes as you go along. There are different ways to make notes according to your preference.

Study Skills have a link to a note taking guide on this page you may find helpful. 

For some quick tips on making better lecture notes, take a look at this article from Save the Student. See also how to make the most of taking notes online from the Open University.

For a more practical help on finding the best method that works for you try 5 Effective Note Taking Methods by Oxford learning.

One of the important things to remember when making notes is to write down the original source so that if you refer back to it in assessments you can reference it.

Get enough sleep

You are at your best when you are well-rested. It is also important to take regular breaks. All this helps with your brain functionality and mental wellbeing. 

We recognise that sometimes sleep doesn't come easily. If this sounds like you, take a look at these Healthy Sleeping Tips from The Sleep Foundation, and 10 Tips to Beat Insomnia on the NHS website.

Ask questions

Questioning is at the heart of critical thinking. Asking questions is how we learn. By asking questions you will be engaging more in your classes and the content, which will help you retain information and increase your understanding of a topic.

Take a look at this short guide on asking questions from Imperial College London.

Millions saw the apple fall but Newton was the only one who asked why. Bernard Baruch

Change course

If you are thinking about changing course early in your second year, though tricky, it may be possible to transfer - and the earlier the better! There are different people you can speak to about this to get the right advice and fully know what your options are:

  • Speak to your Course leader
  • Book an appointment with a Careers Adviser - what do you want to do after uni? Is this the right course for you?
  • Talk with friends and family who know you well
  • Book an appointment with the Progression Advice Team to go through your options
  • Book an appointment with Student Money Advice to discuss financial implications
  • Transfers are dealt with by the Advice Zone, so if you already know what your options are and you are certain about changing course, they can explain the process to you.

Ask for help

If you are experiencing difficulties there are a number of support services available. You can also book an appointment with a Progression Adviser. We will discuss your circumstances and reasons why you might be struggling, working with you to put a holistic support plan in place.

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