1.6 From high school to uni: What’s the difference?

A first step you can take to smoothly transition to university academic life is to become aware of the differences between your previous education and university study: "As with many pursuits, success is easier if you become familiar with the new system" and its requirements (Cottrell, 2013, p. 15).

 Bust some uni-myths!

How much do you already know about university study? Complete the following activity to spot false assumptions some students hold before they start their studies.

  • 1. You won’t be given any assistance and guidance when writing your assignments.

  • 2. Reading in your first-year courses will be based around prescribed textbooks like in high school.

  • 3. Any kind of information you find through search engines will be considered appropriate to prepare for your assignments.



  • 4. Requirements for written assignments will be the same for all your subjects.

  • 5. Your tutors and lecturers will provide you with detailed instructions on your marked assignments on how to improve your writing.



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