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Learning at university

We all learn differently. Most of you will probably have already experienced a variety of different learning and teaching styles at school.

It wasn’t until I got to university that I really began to understand my own learning styles. Going through assignments and exams, I was able to experiment with different ways of revision; sticky notes, posters and felt tips, flashcards, biro on lined paper, voice memos- the works. Not having a set GCSE/A level revision guide which neatly covered the whole curriculum took a little getting used to though. Instead I began using different sources such as lectures and podcasts, tutorials and discussion groups, hands-on labs and the university’s online system, Blackboard. This was on top of textbooks, journal articles and podcasts, which all now feature pretty heavily in my day to day learning. Not to mention the ever faithful Pharmacology Facebook group! (‘Hey guys can anyone explain Scatchard plots to me please?’) Whilst this may sound like a lot of effort, it does mean you get a much ‘bigger picture’ look at the subject, which I’ve found way more satisfying than just cramming for an exam.

Learning at uni is definitely hard work, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, but I think if you’re genuinely interested in the subject you’re studying, you’ll find it worthwhile. It’s also so important to remember that you’re not just coming to uni to study, but also to experience ‘student life’; living independently, having total control over your own time, plus the amazing opportunities to socialise and try something new with hundreds of different clubs and societies- which will, as turns out, be my topic next month. Stay tuned!