You know the phrase “no question is a stupid question”? It really is true when it comes to studying in a new country. Ask questions, and if you need help or support, don’t be afraid to ask for it. I have in the past, and you should too, it’ll help. The support available at UWS really is excellent.
- If your lectures are recorded, it can be helpful to review them
You know that thing I said about the accent? You’ll get used to it quickly, I promise. But when you first start (and even going forward), you might find it helpful to review your recorded lectures. It will help you get used to the accent, and it’s also useful for revision!
Identifying and working with like-minded students in my class has helped me in no small measure to navigate the hurdles of my programme. This has afforded me ample opportunity to develop transferable skills including teamwork, effective communication, and leadership. It’s been interesting to realise that my team members have the answers to the problems I have and vice versa.
Ordinarily, it is pretty difficult for me to spend more than four hours reading alone without experiencing diminishing return. However, group work makes a big difference. It’s an active way to study. We challenge ourselves and each team member contributes their knowledge on the subject.
- Don’t be afraid to make new friends
Group study has enhanced my experience in Scotland. It’s helped me make new friends, and develop new skills. But when it comes to making new friends, you should know that it’s very easy to do this in Scotland. Don’t be afraid to speak to local students. The people here are warm and welcoming.
- Have passion for your course
I developed a passion for MSc Public Health, and it’s fueled my determination to succeed. It has helped me overcome the challenges of studying abroad, and motivate me during the challenges of remote learning. I look forward to finding out what the tutors have to say in each class, and to learning new things.
I suppose this tip is relevant to anyone! Remember that studying at this level in the UK is by no means a piece of cake. Don’t let that put you off, but do consider how you use your time.
It’s helpful to break tasks into realistic chunks. One mistake students often make is to leave tasks to last minute. I was one of these students, during one point in my academic career, until I made a dramatic U-turn. I have managed to figure out what works for me in terms of time to study, and I am also sure to give myself some well-deserved breaks – you definitely need them. You can work hard, but it’s very important to work smart. Working hard and working smart gives incredibly good results.