Top Tips - Things your lecturers wish you knew

Your lecturers have a great wealth of knowledge when it comes to advice about how to be a successful student, so we have persuaded them to share a few of their top tips with you.

You can also see these tips on the large digital screens around campus. Keep a look out on UniLife and the screens for more good advice from your lecturers.

A deadline is a deadline

A deadline is a deadline

Handing in your work even just a few minutes after the deadline, can adversely affect your marks.

In certain circumstances, students are allowed a further five working days to submit work but this will be capped at 40%. If work is not handed in within the correct timeframes, the assessment will receive 0%.

However, there may be occasions when circumstances outside your control mean you are unable to meet a deadline or take an exam on a particular day. If this is the case then you may be able to apply for extenuating circumstances.

If you are experiencing difficulties and think you need to apply for extenuating circumstances, please contact your Advice Zone as soon as possible.

Don't leave referencing until last

We know many students add references after they’ve written their assignment, but it is much easier to add your sources as you go. This will help take the pressure off when you are approaching that all-important deadline.

Referencing is a crucial part of your assignment as it indicates where you have used material that did not originate with you. Making sure you reference correctly will help avoid plagiarising someone else’s work.

If you need help with any aspect of referencing, the Student Development and Study Skills Service has a wide range of resources to support you. 

Referencing - don't leave it until last


Education is a journey

Education is a journey

Each element of assessment you undertake will shape and test your knowledge and experience. They all contribute to your learning journey.

One bad mark is not the end of the world; make sure you understand your feedback and use it to make improvements for your next assignment. If you are unsure how to do this, ask to speak to your lecturer or contact Study Skills for support.

Consider your career options early

Keep potential careers that are open to you in mind. Life at university can be very busy so it is a good idea to start thinking about how you develop the graduate attributes employers are looking for.

Key staff in USW Careers are aligned to faculties to provide you with a bespoke service.

Career options

Contribute in class

Contribute in class

Contributing in class gives you the opportunity to explore concepts and allows you to test your understanding of a given topic. Speaking up in class will also give you an excellent experience of expressing yourself in front of others.

It is also vital that you seek clarity if there is anything you do not understand.

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‘Things your lecturers wish you knew’ is compiled and created by the Progression Team.